Check Out The First Switch Controller With A Headphone Jack

Is it weird that I hadn’t noticed before now that no existing controller for the Nintendo Switch included an audio jack so I could plug in a pair of headphones? Not counting the Switch itself, of course. Weird. Well, either way, now there is a Switch controller with a headphone jack in PDP’s Faceoff Deluxe+ Audio wired controller.

I suppose I’ve just gotten used to playing my Switch in handheld mode, where the console’s headphone jack is readily within reach. I use a headset plugged into my Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers’ 3.5 mm audio jacks, but I never noted the lack of one on my various wired and wireless Switch controllers. PDP’s Faceoff Deluxe+ Audio controller has one right on the bottom, where an audio jack should be.

It’s got essentially the same layout as the Switch Pro Controller, though the plus and minus buttons are swapped with the view and home buttons. There’s a function button by the right thumbstick, which turns the directional pad into a volume control, while double-tapping the function button mutes the mic in games that support Vivox’s in-game chat. On the backside of the grips there’s a pair of programmable paddle button, which can be remapped to any button on the controller.

And since this is one of PDP’s Faceoff controllers, the face comes off for customisation purposes.

It’s an awful lot of functionality, including that unique audio pass-through feature. It does not, unfortunately, support rumble. It is a wired controller, which might not be convenient for some players, but I like having a gamepad I don’t have to worry about charging in my arsenal. The Faceoff Deluxe+ Audio wired controller is available now via EB Games and MightyApe for $50 in red, black, blue, and purple camo, four colours that really make me appreciate swappable faceplates.


Comments

    It really boggles my mind why anyone would use a wired controller in 2019.

    Outside competitions, where microseconds really matter...who would choose wired over wireless?

      People who want a cheap controller? Especially if they are using it for multiplayer and don't want to buy several expensive wireless controllers.

      Also people whose egos aren't fragile enough to be damaged by supposedly choosing an "inferior" controller type?

      If you want even more mind-boggling, wired controllers on Switch seem to actually have MORE latency than wireless.

    What I actually want is Bluetooth audio support.

      Yeah, when my phone did away with the audio jack, so did I.

    I choose wired controller all the time when playing certain games - helps with latency.
    I would use my wireless headset if the PS4 would recognise it - seems loads of headsets simply don’t work on the system (?!).
    As for Nintendo, it’s very weird not to include even a headphone port... but hey we all make mistakes.

      Given the amount of wireless issues the Switch has had I could only imagine throwing an audio channel into the mix would make things even worse.

    A wireless controller with headphone socket makes perfect sense, I love this feature on my Xbone controller.

    I think all controllers should have this option, in addition to bluetooth audio.

    Genuine question: Which Switch games currently support in game chat?

    I thought a lot of it was meant to go through the phone app, with games like Splatoon 2 and the like.

      I know of Splatoon, Smash and Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

      But also, this controller doesn't fix the fact that I cant use it for having game audio and chat running through it.

      It really bugs me that I can barely hear game audio while playing Ultimate Alliance from my tv because I've got to use either the app or discord to speak with my team mates.

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