How to use and set up the Nintendo Switch JoyCon on my PC

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Without a doubt the way of playing video games has evolved a lot, in fact the consoles themselves have changed drastically, today being devices capable of offering us different types of gameplay and longer battery life, improving the experience for all users.

Without a doubt, the latest console launched by Nintendo, Switch, has become a total innovation by offering a portable, desktop mode and the ability to connect Airpods .

How to use and set up the Nintendo Switch JoyCon on my PC

However, that's not the only thing this new console can do, because by operating with Bluetooth technology it is able to be compatible with MAC , tablets, some televisions and even mobile devices.

Despite the fact that playing on PC is one of the most recommended options by experts, it can be boring for some to have to play with the keyboard and without a PC control. Some of these controls are generally quite expensive, but if you have a Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Con, you can connect these controls to your PC to play more comfortably.

In this article we will explain how to set up Nintendo Switch Joy-Con so you can use them on your PC as two different controls, but we'll also mention how to unify both controls so you can use them as one.

      How to connect Nintendo Switch Joy-Con to your PC?

      To carry out this process, it is essential that your computer has Bluetooth, if not, you will need one special adapter , but you can still do it if you have this device.

      The first thing to do is to press the Windows button and select the settings menu. Once in this menu, a series of options will appear and you will need to click on devices.

      In that menu you will have to select the option "Bluetooth and other devices" located in the left panel. In the Bluetooth devices section we will have to select the call option "Add Bluetooth or another device" in so you can start with the connection between your computer and the Joy-Con.

      A black screen will appear with the different options with which you can search and pair the Joy-Cons. Obviously we will have to use the Bluetooth option.

      It will start automatically the search and link process . At this point we must take the Joy-Con that we want to use and we will have to hold down the association button, which is located on the side of the controller, next to the SR button.

      We will have to wait for the green light to start flashing and at that moment we will be able to observe that the controller appears in the list of devices found on the PC. We will click on the Joy-Con option and the team will connect them automatically. After this point, you can repeat the process to connect the other controller.

      Use both Joy-Cons as a controller

      To carry out this process, you must first download an application called vJoy and install it on your PC with its default settings. Then you will need to open its settings, select tab number 1 and check everything except the Enable Effects option and put 32 in the Number of Buttons option.

      Then we will have to select tab number 2 to configure the other command as part of the first. Here you will have to uncheck the Enable Effects, Slider and Dial/Slider2 options and insert 16 in the Number of Buttons option , instead of 32.

      Finally, and without closing vJoy, you will need to download the Joy-Con utility drivers. You have to unzip and run the file joycon-driver.exe and there mark the option Combine JoyCons, press start and that's it.

      How to connect the Pro Controller via Steam

      You can set up your Pro Controller in Steam as this platform has official support, so all you have to do is set it up. To do this we will do the following:

      • From your PC access the Steam beta client and go to " Steam parameters "
      • Next you will have to click on the Command option
      • Connect your Pro controller via USB, register it and calibrate the gyro sensor
      • You must select the option " General controller settings "
      • You will have to click on the "Switch Pro controller settings" option and then on "Use device with Nintendo buttons"
      • Then you can configure the function of each button as you like
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