How to use the Xbox Adaptive Controller on the Nintendo Switch

Hi, this video shows you how to use the Xbox Adaptive Controller on the Nintendo Switch. This might be useful if you are a limited mobility gamer and find using the Joy-Con or Switch Pro controller hard.
Remember this is not supported by Nintendo and it will not work as well as it does on the Xbox One console. Hopefully in the future Sony and Nintendo will allow the use of the Xbox Adaptive Controller natively without any adapters. But until then it is still possible to use it as shown in this video.
If you have used this Xbox Adaptive controller on Xbox, Switch, PC or PS4 etc. then please add your feedback about it (good or bad) down in the comments as it will help others who might be thinking about buying it.
I have only tested it for a couple of days and I am able-bodied so there might be many things that I don’t understand or have missed out in the video.
Thanks for watching it.
Vince 🙂


  1. Bentendo Smash on February 28, 2021 at 9:58 pm


  2. Brittany on February 28, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Is there a phone number I can all to get some assistance setting this up for a kid? His mom and I are not gaming savvy and I am struggling with getting info on setting up the they regular controller to work for the left hand the adaptive controller to work for extra buttons on the right.

  3. Spyder Gaming on February 28, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Can you please do a “what’s on my switch” video?!

  4. technological reinovations on February 28, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    this is so cool!I wonder if drum trigger pads from a casio super drums keyboard would work with this device. I don’t have a motor disability but do have a vision disability and love technology and have seen a lot of cool and adaptive stuff like this at expos.

  5. Shawn Williams on February 28, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Hey Vince – just wanted to give you a shout-out for this video. You were the inspiration behind a Switch build I did for my wife: Thanks so much for this video, you inspired me!

  6. Dayna Audirsch on February 28, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    I saw this video and the promotion video from XBox which features the exact rehab hospital my husband went to after his accident. He’s a C5 Quad. So, My question is, when this is plugged in, can multi players play on other joy cons?

  7. 26Snoopy82 on February 28, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Can you show how to take this and hook it up to the 3DS and the 3DS XL. I have trouble with some of my games because my right arm is very weak.

  8. Adrienne Brown on February 28, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I got it to work. Thanks! My husband and I got this for our daughters 7th birthday. She was diagnosed with CP at 2yrs old and she’s been wanting a Switch for the last year. We can’t wait to see her face light up tomorrow. Thank you so much!

  9. hi on February 28, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Now you can map buttons

  10. matthew Braker on February 28, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Here a challenge for you try using that with smash bros

  11. adman500 on February 28, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you for such a great video, i got it to work straight away but not with Pokemon Lets Go unfortunatly. Does anyone know of anyway to fix this?

  12. Switch thorns and roses on February 28, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    The nintendo switch, apparently Xbox has Adaptive controller which you have to actually press the switches, does doing gaming n switch be a switch for the controller?

  13. DualStarSoldier374 on February 28, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Sorry, not gonna bother. I’ve known how to use a controller for years and I don’t have limited mobility whatsoever.

  14. Josh on February 28, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Has anybody got this to work wireless?

  15. David Mahurin on February 28, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you so much for this video! However, when you went to demonstrate how to use the final set up on your TV/computer screen you did not include instructions for how to use the Nintendo Switch mount to transfer the image successfully on the larger screen. Since the May flash has to be inserted into the USB-C on the bottom of the Switch it makes it so that it no longer fits into the mount. I tried plugging the May Flash into the USB-C on the back of the mount (the one where you have to flip it down to have access), but seems like it has no power.

    Thank you again for this video. I lost the use of my right hand four years ago and I only have partial use of my left. Really my only hobbies have been reading or walking, but after I saw this video I thought I would give this a shot. I remember Nintendo games being pretty simple with the buttons, so this is an ideal setup for someone like me!

  16. Jaimie S on February 28, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Knowing 0% about gaming this video made sense to me, so thanks. I’m wondering if Microsoft’s adapted controller could also work with a Nintendo Classic mini? My daughter has CP but she’d love to play w her brothers.

  17. Aronn85 on February 28, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    I thought the usb was a juul at first 😂😂😂

  18. momo cal on February 28, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Man you’re so handy

  19. Robert Sleight on February 28, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Hey thanks for this guide. I can play mario kart now after 15 years.

  20. Evan Turk on February 28, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Have you run into any joysticks that are OK on Xbox but inverted on the switch? That seems to be an issue I’m having arise, I’m setting this up for my daughter and so far the Logitech 3D pro is only registering inverted sadly I see no way to reverse that even in the Xbox profiles to have it carry over to the switch.

  21. Casual Introvert on February 28, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    What I really want to know and haven’t seen yet, is if this controller for non-disabled people would actually provide any kind of unfair advantage in online games.

  22. Jordan Julian on February 28, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    I love all your videos!!!! Keep it up!!!!!

  23. AV V on February 28, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    How can you use this with a docked Switch? Can the joy ones still be used and the adaptive used for a single switch?

  24. Teasing Gravity on February 28, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I have a new roommate that has one arm. I want him to play some games with me. Either I missed it orrrr, how did you connect the switch to the dock and also connect the controller. There is only one usb-c to the bottom of the switch. Did you use a splitter? I’d like to get this setup for him, but that’s the only thing missing.

  25. Adrienne Brown on February 28, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Hey there tried this on my daughters switch doesn’t seem to work. Any suggestions?

  26. Tyler Spears on February 28, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    thanks buddy nice

  27. Quest4Tube on February 28, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Great!!! Thanks so much!!!

  28. AnimeDVDBlu-RayPreviewGuy112 on February 28, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Personally, I think the Xbox Adaptive controller is a pretty cool idea, but I not need to have one, I’ve always used a regular controller and always will.

  29. Ren Lu on February 28, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Any idea if this also works for a nintendo wii? Thanks

  30. Nylah Flowers on February 28, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Noah YouTube

  31. Margaret Chan on February 28, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Vince! I’m currently at work so I haven’t been able to listen to the entirety of your videos, I plan to soon but I’m in a bit of a time crunch! I am looking into a gift idea that is actually a Secret Santa gift (time crunch) that just got handed out to me today. Could you point me towards the adapter you used for your the Switch/PS4 and Xbox Adaptive Controller?

    The person I am gifting has limited mobility issues and typically plays with one hand (left) so there’s some unique issues I’m running into as I look into the XAC. He has a switch, a PS4, and a gaming PC so I’m trying to figure out what I’d get him along with the XAC. Would you be able to point me in those directions while I’m at work? I’ve looked at some of the stuff I could get for the XAC (buttons/joysticks) but the adapters I don’t know etc.

  32. Sofija Mandiloska on February 28, 2021 at 10:40 pm


  33. Super Mario Bros on February 28, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Work where I live

  34. The little brickshack on February 28, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I just read about a father that has used this technique to build a controller for his daughter, so she can play Zelda Breath of the Wild. Amazing! Thanks Microsoft!

  35. EDUARDO PEREZ-IZAGUIRRE LOPEZ on February 28, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Vince asked. While using the xbox ps4 + adaptive controller at the same time (co-pilot, as you explain in the video), can someone else use another dualshock controller to play against me ?? Or does this only allow me to play alone on PS4 ? Thank you.

  36. Joe Grey on February 28, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    These two accessories are great.
    First of all Microsoft has created an amazing device for the purpose of including disabled persons so they can still play games, and of course it works better on xbox with the copilot mode which is an amazing idea. And second that Mayflash adapter is something I personally use and really it makes playing the switch better because Joycons suck.

  37. Robbie King on February 28, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Now all Microsoft need to do Is make a controller that make it easier for Game Journalists.

  38. Nathaniel Pfeiffer on February 28, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    I love these videos experimenting with different inputs and controllers

  39. Conroy02 on February 28, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Nintendo Switch ASMR

  40. Daniel Ellis on February 28, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    “That’s it for that bit there”

  41. Sofija Mandiloska on February 28, 2021 at 10:49 pm



  42. RockHyde777 on February 28, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    This thing might sound useless but… it’s got use to it whether you think it or not. I’m not interested in that product because why would I need that when I have a regular controller to stick with which I’ve been using for years? Do not need it thank you very much.

  43. MD XXX on February 28, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    I love your amazing videos and you have dun a good job

  44. keith minnicks on February 28, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    ive tried plugging in a xbox 1/ ps4/ flightstick/ wii nunchuck with 8 bit bros device, and my access controller into both of the joystick ports and im getting absolutely nothing. i dont play on xbox so co pilot out of question.. i have pc/ps4/switch.. i also own a titan 2 and titan 1 for remapping and using other controllers on other systems.. how did get the left joystick usb to work

  45. TheDarkWolf on February 28, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    0:29 "or their hand" No no no no

  46. Adam & Jad Gaming on February 28, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    my mate vince i did subscribe

  47. Reincarnation Entertainment on February 28, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Can you play the newest Zelda with the Adaptive Controller with just the left hand? Was thinking the Evil Controller?

  48. Carrie Beckwith-Fellows on February 28, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    The xbox adaptive controller has changd gaming for so many people, inc myself. I can now play without my disability limiting me as much as it did. I play with a sip/puff switch (a straw i blow into and suck for left mouse/right mouse click, A/B buttons on xbox etc), four ultra switches (tiny switches about size if end of finger that need tiniest touch to use). I then have a bluetooth device on my wheelchair which turns my wheelchair joystick into a mouse. I’m playing Witcher 3, FO4, Skyrim Ark and other games which would be impossible or me to play without this setup. (I have spinal injury and connective tissue disorder so no movement in my head or neck at all, weakened arms etc),

  49. Jarrel Mcmillian on February 28, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Is there any lag

  50. BrxIghtside on February 28, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Somone should make a wheelchair mount for that

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