Switch Release: You can now connect your DualShock 3, Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller in docked mode thanks to the Sys-con sysmodule! – Support for DualShock 4 coming soon
Without a doubt, the Nintendo Switch was a hit and recent sales figures show that 41.6 million units of it were sold. However, not everyone is a big fan of the joycons especially in docked mode so one had to fork out more money for a Pro Controller or buy a compatible wireless adapter to get a better docked experience but now, everything has changed with Sys-con!
What is Sys-con? How do I install it?
Sys-con, by developer Cathery, is a sysmodule (similar to a plugin for Sony consoles) which greatly expands your input options when using the Switch in docked mode. Currently, Sys-con only supports connecting controllers to the ports found in the Switch’s Dock and it allows you to use three popular controllers including the DualShock 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers meaning that your existing controllers have now become Switch-compatible without any extra hardware!
To use Sys-con, your Switch must be running firmware 5.0.0 (or newer) and have Atmosphere installed; provided you meet these requirements, all you have to do is:
- Download the Sys-con sysmodule from the link below
- Extract the RAR file and copy the contents to the root of your Switch’s SD Card
- Reboot your Switch, connect it to the dock and enjoy a much better experience without forking out a cent (provided you have a compatible controller)
What’s planned for the future?
While Sys-con works, it’s still at an early stage and Cathery has promised to keep on supporting it and adding new features, as long as she has the hardware needed on hand, which, as per the project’s roadmap, include:
- DualShock 4 support – this probably won’t take long
- She currently doesn’t have a DualShock 4 but managed to raise enough money to buy one with funds from community members donated via Ko-fi
- Bluetooth support – on hold
- It’s on hold because there isn’t enough information about the services offered by the Switch’s Bluetooth driver
- Support for motion controls & rumble– currently listed as non-feasible but only time will tell
- Ability to use Sys-con in undocked mode – more research needed
- XBOX 360 USB dongle support – listed as needing more funding so Cathery will probably look into it if she gets a hold of one
It’s important to note that developing sysmodules and adding features isn’t an easy task so apart from DualShock 4 support, don’t expect any of the other features to be added very soon. This is because the other features require some documentation/functionality that’s currently not available in the APIs available for hacked Switch consoles but considering the amount of interest being shown in the project, this may soon change.
To grab Sys-con and donate to its developer, follow the links below. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing a lot more development on Sys-con with other developers joining in as it manages to fix one of the biggest gripes relating to the Switch for free!
Sys-con Release Page: https://github.com/cathery/sys-con/releases
Sys-con README (check this out before using it): https://github.com/cathery/sys-con/blob/master/README.md
Cathery’s Ko-fi page (for donating, you can set values in increments of $3): https://ko-fi.com/H2H316ZQV