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NS Pro Controller tidbit: 40h on a single charge, autoparing when connected with USB

Vic

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Wondering if the controller communicates through the USB cable when wired to the console or if it's still using Bluetooth.
 

Ninja Dom

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Wondering if the controller communicates through the USB cable when wired to the console or if it's still using Bluetooth.
It'd probably communicate through the cable and turn off the Bluetooth.

Actually, maybe not because we need to see what would happen if you were gaming and you pulled the USB cable out during gameplay.
 

cw_sasuke

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Pretty nice considering it packs motions controls, HD rumble and NFC.

Worth the asking price compared to other first party controllers.
 

Vic

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It'd probably communicate through the cable and turn off the Bluetooth.

Actually, maybe not because we need to see what would happen if you were gaming and you pulled the USB cable out during gameplay.
The wording used for the instructions seems to indicate that the USB cable is only used to charge the device and synchronize/pair it to the console.
 
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At first, I thought that the 70 bucks price point was excesive.

After knowing the tech inside and the battery length compared to a DS4 or al Xbox Cone Controller I find it fair.
 

Plum

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Good to hear. Regular controller battery is the one technical area where Nintendo completely out-classes the (major) competition.
 

RockmanBN

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Guessing that its HD Rumble or some other feature keeping the controller from having a similar battery life like the Wii U Controller's 80 hours?
 

random25

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I wonder why it's battery life from the Wii U pro is cut in half. Maybe a way to turn off the NFC might prolong the battery by 20% or longer.

I think a cable is also included.
I think it's been known for quite a while. But an official confirmation does not hurt.
 

loseless

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Good to hear. Regular controller battery is the one technical area where Nintendo completely out-classes the (major) competition.
Is there any other wireless controller that last longer than a wiiupro ?
 

cw_sasuke

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Guessing that its HD Rumble or some other feature keeping the controller from having a similar battery life like the Wii U Controller's 80 hours?
HD Rumble and motion controls/accelerometers.
 

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Totally unrelated, would the DS4 battery last longer when plugged in, because it would then turn off the bluetooth?
 

Cerium

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They're literally using 3DS batteries in there so yeah it's gonna be beefy.

Nintendo must have a bulk deal on those things.
 

NFreak

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I'm sure the light bar doesn't help.
It definitely doesn't help but it also doesn't make a huge difference. LED's barely draw power. I do wonder why the PS4 controller's battery is so shit though. I love it but I can't stand how short it lasts.

Good to see such good battery life out of the Switch Pro controller. I feel like that makes the extra 10 dollars seem worth it if the extra tech wasn't enough already.
 

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I'll wait and see how comfy I find the joy cons before getting one. Also I can see me primarily playing switch in tablet mode, so I don't know how much use I would get out of a pro controller.
 

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I'm guessing this is with NFC and rubble enabled. So possible to extend it even more with those disabled?
 

Mawile

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The real question is, "Is it as comfortable and effective as the competition?".

Wii U Pro Controller was fine on its own, but it just didn't compare to the other system controllers in terms of responsiveness and build quality.
 

cw_sasuke

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The real question is, "Is it as comfortable and effective as the competition?".

Wii U Pro Controller was fine on its own, but it just didn't compare to the other system controllers in terms of responsiveness and build quality.
That's not true at all.
In what world has the DS4 a better build quality than the Wii U Pro Controller?
 

Shiggy

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Considering it's exactly the same battery as in the Wii U Pro Controller (and 3DS), it's interesting to see how taxing the new features are.

Edit: Actually, I'm a bit baffled that this is "news". Nintendo announced all of this some time ago.
- 106 mm x 152 mm x 60 mm
- 246g
- Bluetooth 3.0, NFC
- Battery: 1300mAh / 40hrs (depending on software)
- Charging: 6hrs (use the included USB cable or the Nintendo Switch charger (HAC-002))
 

Mawile

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That's not true at all.
Disagree. The buttons didn't have the same quality as the other systems, and the plastic felt a tad cheaper as well.

The Analog Sticks also were rather a step down and it felt as if the Wii U Game Pad had better quality plastic and rubber on the sticks.

In what world has the DS4 a better build quality than the Wii U Pro Controller?
When I refer to "build quality" I'm not referring to durability, but how premium it feels. DS4's had a defect, but outside of that they feel a lot better by comparison.
 

Beegeous

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The real question is, "Is it as comfortable and effective as the competition?".

Wii U Pro Controller was fine on its own, but it just didn't compare to the other system controllers in terms of responsiveness and build quality.
I had a go on Zelda with it this past weekend and it's a great controller. Very comfy, feels good in the hand and the buttons all have a satisfying click to them when depressed.
 

Mawile

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I had a go on Zelda with it this past weekend and it's a great controller. Very comfy, feels good in the hand and the buttons all have a satisfying click to them when depressed.
Interesting. How much of a step up would you say it is from the Wii U Pro Controller?
 
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I'm sure the light bar doesn't help.
Yeah I'm pretty certain it's sucking the life out of it at a rate of knots! /s

No one really knows but with the addition of an always on touch pad, a speaker and the lightbar the battery was never going to be up there with the DS3 anyway. Running an LED for the lightbar is probably the least of the DS4's worries tbh.
 

ThanksVision

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I like that people are saying this controller does in fact feel premium and hefty, which was my only complaint with the great Wii U pro controller. I feel like this earns it's price tag tbh.

Also I don't believe NFC has that much of an effect on battery because I believe it is only activated whenever you tell the game you want to scan an amiibo
 

KHlover

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It's mentioned on the box that the package includes a USB charging cable. Should be a USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable.
Very nice, do we also know if that cable is USB 3.1? I need a Type-C to Type-A cable if I want to charge the Switch with my powerbank, so that would be nice to know.
 

Beegeous

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Interesting. How much of a step up would you say it is from the Wii U Pro Controller?
It feels, for want of a better word, chunkier.

For me the WiiU Pro Pad always felt a bit flimsy however this feels more akin to the Xbone pad - the 2nd GOAT behind the Wavebird IMO. The sticks are top and offer good resistance and as I mentioned the buttons offer a satisfying click when depressed (on a side note too the 4 main buttons are larger than those on the Xbone and PS4. I wonder if this is to placate the fighter crowd).
 

Mawile

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It feels, for want of a better word, chunkier.

For me the WiiU Pro Pad always felt a bit flimsy however this feels more akin to the Xbone pad - the 2nd GOAT behind the Wavebird IMO. The sticks are good and offer good resistance and as I mentioned the buttons offer a satisfying click when depressed (on a side note too the 4 main buttons are larger than those on the Xbone and PS4. I wonder if this is to placate the fighter crowd).
Awesome, and you share similar opinions that I have about the Gamecube and Xbox One Controller so this impression is rather invaluable, haha.

Well, I'll look forward to trying this out then. Thanks.
 
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Skipped the Wii generation just wondering what tech in this controller outclasses the competition. I get it has great battery life but is there other things ?