Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Switch Pro Controller

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

The Nintendo Switch is off to the races in console sales with 10M units sold in its first 8 or so months on the market.  Interestingly, it’s based on an ARM SoC, so it has more in common with the Amazon Fire TV platform than any previous gaming console, and Nintendo has even been porting some older games to Android for the Chinese market, which is super interesting.  It also has had Nintendo moving towards standards in a very surprising way.  USB-C charging?  Check.  Controllers that work with standard Bluetooth?  Mostly, check.  If you’re wondering if you can use the Switch Pro Controller with your Amazon Fire TV.  The answer is that they come pretty close to working out of the box, and are able to be paired easily through the standard game controller pairing menu.

The biggest issue with the Fire TV is secondary button layouts.  The Home button seems to work, but the mapping of the +/- buttons seems unfortunate.  All the basic controls worked perfectly on my 2015 Fire TV (2nd Gen).  On my 2014 Fire TV Stick (1st Gen) I experienced laggy control that made the controller unusable.

I’ll expound on button mapping in an update to the article.

Fire Ecosystem Compatibility

Tested Compatible
  • 2015 Fire TV (2nd Gen) – Tested with Fire OS v.
Likely Compatible but Untested
  • 2014 Fire TV (1st Gen) – Should work, but untested
  • 2017 Fire TV (3rd Gen) – Should work, but untested
  • 2016 Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) – Should work, but untested
Not Compatible
  • 2014 Fire TV Stick (1st Gen) – Tested with Fire OS v. and experienced laggy control.

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Switch Pro Controller ($65)

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