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Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers for Switch can connect to PCs, Macs, and Android

Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers can be held independently in each hand. (Source: Nintendo)
Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers can be held independently in each hand. (Source: Nintendo)
The controllers are not exclusive to Nintendo's Switch. They can sync with Windows, OS X, and Android devices, offering a unique play experience and more controller options for gamers.

True to Nintendo’s nature, the recently released Switch offers a unique gaming experience. This is especially true when it comes to the wireless Joy-Con controllers, which can be held independently in each hand. And there's an added bonus with the controllers - they're not exclusive to the Switch. The Joy-Cons can sync with Windows, OS X, and Android devices.
French site Nintendo Actu has reported that the Joy-Cons work well with Windows and Android machines and can be used as game controllers for both platforms. Others are reporting similar experiences with Apple computers running OS X. Gamers should note that they’ll need to use button mapping software in order to assign the Joy-Con button to keyboard and mouse inputs. Windows also appears to recognize each Joy-Con independently which opens the possibility for multiplayer.
Since the Joy-Cons use Bluetooth to sync to the Switch, this shouldn’t be surprising. Gamers have been using Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 controllers on PCs, Macs, and Android phones for years. I have personally used a Wii Remote with Nintendo’s Classic Controller for gaming on my PC and Macbook since 2011 (and still do today). But it is good to see that gamers have more options when it comes to the controllers they can use for their gamers. The Joy-Cons are far from perfect, but they may be just right for someone still searching for a satisfying gaming controller.

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Sam Medley, 2017-03- 6 (Update: 2017-03- 6)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.