If you prefer gaming with headphones and play Switch on your TV you may want to look into this new controller.
One of the major critiques of the Nintendo Switch is how it incorporates voice chat, but even to a more general level, headphones. The only way you are able to put headphones in is through the Switch tablet itself when you have it out in handheld mode. There hasn’t been an official or licensed controller that includes one, until now.
PDP recently released their Faceoff Deluxe+ Audio Controller which has a 3.5mm headphone jack. The controller has a fair number of different colors. You can currently purchase the controller in colors like Red, Blue, Black, and Purple. A cool feature about the controller is that you can remove the face and replace it with one of a different color or theme.
The controller is wired with a 10 ft USB cable so you don’t have to worry about sitting too close to your Switch dock when you’re gaming. Another surprising feature about the controller is that it has two paddle-like buttons on the back that you can assign buttons to. It isn’t the same type of paddles that comes with the Xbox One Elite controller, but regardless, having that feature for a controller at a $24.99 price point is very welcoming albeit unexpected. PDP does have other models with paddles on the back of them, but not at such a cheap price.
The Faceoff Deluxe+ looks and has the same buttons as your regular Switch controller except the +/- buttons are switched with the home and capture. There is also a new function button that sits on the bottom left side of the right stick. By pressing it, the d-pads function changes to control the audio volume of your headset. You can also mute your microphone after double-pressing on the function button.
It is great that the Nintendo Switch is finally getting a controller with a headphone jack so those that want to play on their TV can listen through their headphones if they so choose. When it comes to voice chat, there are only a certain number of games that allow you to use voice chat straight through the Switch. Games like Splatoon 2 though require you to use the Nintendo Switch Online app to talk to other players. Hopefully, Nintendo will make changes so that is no longer a requirement for games and more of just an option.
You can purchase the PDP Faceoff Deluxe+ Audio controller on Amazon.