Hori has released the Split Pad Pro that everyone will love in 2019, the Joy-Con alternatives that can play games then much more comfortable. It’s basically like using Nintendo’s Switch Pro controller in handheld mode, giving you bigger buttons, analog sticks and comfortable grips to accompany your gaming sessions.
Now he’s experimenting with a slightly smaller, pastel-colored version called the Split Pad Compact. In the US, the Compact releases October 2 at Best Buy for $49.99 (with more retailers following later in the month), the same price as the Pro model. You can buy it in light gray with yellow (as pictured throughout this article) or apricot red.
It’s cute. I’ll give it to him. However, I will say right away that there is no reason to buy it if you already own the Split Pad Pro. This model has the same functionality and limitations like being total clipboards when detached from the Switch. It lacks rumble, NFC for Amiibo, and any other Joy-Con functionality that relies on an internal battery. (I haven’t tested them to see if they work with the Split Pad Pro accessory, although I intend to soon).
Although it doesn’t have “Pro” in the name, the Compact comes with the same customization features as the Split Pad Pro, including assignable rear paddles and the ability to enable turbo mode for key presses. ultra-fast button. Personally, I don’t use these buttons much, but they’re there if you want a personalized experience, which is great for a $50 set of controllers, even if you rarely use it.
As for its differences, Hori has made some tweaks to make the Compact fit in small hands. The pointed grips of the Pro model are gone here, smoothed out to align with the design of the Switch console. There is still some handle (not to the same degree as the pros) located on the back of each part of the controller. The shoulder buttons don’t have the same levels of bounce as the Pro model and, for better or worse, some of the buttons that are rubber on the Pro (home, screenshot, more, less and the “assign” buttons and “turbo” buttons) are plastic on the Compact. One change I really like is that each analog stick has a textured center, which makes them more grippy than the relatively smooth sticks of the Pro.
I mentioned that the Split Pad Compact will be available from October 2 at Best Buy, but it will be coming to more retailers later in the month. It will launch at Target on October 10 and at Walmart from October 20. Since the Pro model is on Amazon, I imagine it will be available there as well.
Photograph by Cameron Faulkner/The Verge