How to build your own ‘Switch Pro’

The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) isn’t the ‘Switch Pro’ we were all expecting. Not to worry because you can build your own and upgrade your Switch in ways Nintendo won’t.

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DIY Switch Pro

The OLED display is basically the only new feature worth buying the new Switch (OLED model) come October 8. It’s also the only thing you can’t improve on your regular Switch. If you’re disappointed that the OLED Switch isn’t a ‘Switch Pro’ you know what you gotta do: build your own.


The first thing you need is a Switch — a regular one, not the Switch Lite. If you already have one, you’re good to go. If not, they’re not as hard to find as they were last year during the height of the pandemic.

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Hori Split Pad Pro Controllers

The Joy-Cons are fine, but a Switch Pro should have controllers that are more ergonomic for extended playtime. These bulky controllers from Hori give you the experience of the Switch Pro controller but in handheld mode. With an actual D-pad, programmable underside buttons, and more grip, these controllers are a must-have.

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The original Switch has a paltry 3-6 hours of battery life. The updated 2019 Switch is better, but it can still benefit from a beefy battery pack. This 10,000 mAh, 18W quick-charging battery grips the console and promises to extend battery life by 8 hours. The Joy-Con grips are optional and can store one extra game each.

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The OLED Switch has 64GB of storage. Pfft. This 1TB microSD card is what you want.

Nintendo added an ethernet port to the Switch (OLED model) dock. Want that sweet wired connection? Hori already makes a LAN adapter for the OG Switch, which can reach download speeds of up to 480Mbps. If you routinely download large games or like to play online, a wired connection is the way to go.

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The Switch dock leaves much to be desired, thankfully KDD’s charging dock adds four Joy-Con charging slots (plus the two on the console) and storage slots for eight cartridges. Installation is simple: just wrap it around your dock.

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Bluetooth headphone dongle

One of the Switch’s biggest flaws is its lack of Bluetooth headphone support. While many USB-C dongles solve that problem, this 3.5mm Bluetooth 5.0 dongle frees up the bottom port and tucks in behind the console so it doesn’t look like an eyesore.

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Congrats, you’ve just built your very own turbo-charged ‘Switch Pro’ that is arguably a better handheld and console than the OLED Switch. It’s literally everything Nintendo won’t give us.


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