HORI Switch Pro Controller has a Cool Special Feature (But Loses Others)

HORI is a popular manufacturer of gaming accessories, and it has no shortage of Switch-branded products. The company will be bringing out a new accessory soon, and it’s probably the most important one yet: an alternative Pro Controller.

Some gamers really like the official Pro Controller over the Joy-Cons, but there have been many complaints over the high price tag. Considering the fact that the controller comes with such a huge amount of features (NFC, gyro/accelerometer and HD vibration), it’s not exactly a surprise that it’s more on the pricey side. If you’ve been wanting a more traditional control experience on the Switch, but didn’t want to break the bank, then check out HORI’s new Switch Pro Controller.

The HORI Pro Controller has the same layout as the official one, but it has quite a few differences. For starters, this is a wired controller, unlike the official one. Another big difference is that it takes out all of the fancy features. As a result, this controller is only ¥ 3,218, which converts to about $30 (US). That’s $40 less than the official Pro Controller, so you’re definitely saving quite a few bucks, albeit at the loss of those cool features. The HORI Pro Controller does make up for its loss in one way, though: that D-pad.

As you can see by the image, the D-pad is changeable. You can choose to either have it as the standard cross-shape, or individual buttons like the ones found on the Joy-Cons.

The HORI Pro Controller will be releasing in July 2017. Will you be picking one up?

A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.