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How does a Joy-Con know what color it is?

When the Joy Con connects to the Nintendo Switch via Bluetooth, it sends some data as a "handshake" between the console and the controller. In this data, the Joy Con itself reports the HEX Color and ...
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What's the terminology for pressing down (inward) on a thumbstick?

Another common term I've heard is clicking (in) the stick, which is less ambiguous than "pressing" or "pushing" with regards to moving the stick in a direction.
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What's the terminology for pressing down (inward) on a thumbstick?

Sony and Microsoft named the thumbstick click as a button itself: On PS they are commonly known as L3 and R3 (since L1 L2 and R1 R2 are on the back) On Xbox they are commonly known as LS and RS (...
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What controller is on this t-shirt?

It could be this one, NES Max: The NES Max was a controller that was released by Nintendo for the NES in 1988.
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How to turn off PS4 controller from PC?

Holding the PS button for 10 seconds will turn the controller off, regardless of what it is paired to (PC or PS4), according to this post. If you want to turn it off from DS4, though, I believe there ...
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PS4 Controller not connecting to PS4 and won't reset?

I've had this problem a couple of times in the last year, and the following steps fixed my problem each time. I tried resetting controllers, PS4 database, and all the usual steps people suggest in ...
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What exactly does "Stick Sensitivity" do in Smash Ultimate custom controls?

Stick Sensitivity is a deceptively named control option. It has nothing to do with run/walk/dash sensitivity, platform drops, stick distance/movement/precision, or anything like that. Stick ...
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What controller is on this t-shirt?

That looks like an NES Max controller to me. https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/NES_Max
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Do Xbox One controllers support Xbox 360 games on PC?

On a PC there is no difference in games between Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers- both work the same. The only thing you should keep in mind is that an Xbox controller will have "weird" layout or ...
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Is there a way to turn down my PS4 controller's speaker volume?

Try this: Hold the Playstation Button Select Adjust Devices Lower the volume (Source)
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Can I use my smartphone as a controller for XBox One?

Yes, you can connect your smartphone to work as a controller, but not without a few caveats. To do so, you need the Xbox One Smartglass app, or if you have a Windows 10 phone, the Xbox app works as ...
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What system is this controller for?

Looks like a third party SNES controller. First party ones look like this: The port that it plugs into looks like this:
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What system is this controller for?

It's a "Blockbuster brand" SNES controller. They're apparently very rare. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be much information online besides that. (forum thread this came from) (Ebay listing ...
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Is Minecraft (PC) Controller-Friendly?

The Bedrock Edition of Minecraft (formerly known as "Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition") supports multiple control schemes, including controllers and touchscreens. Just connect the controller to ...
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Is the Wii U Pro Controller compatible with the Nintendo Switch?

No. From the Nintendo Switch FAQ: What controllers work with Nintendo Switch? There are multiple controller options for the Nintendo Switch console, including Joy-Con controllers and the ...
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Can I use a PS4 controller on a PS3?

Yes, it is possible to use a DualShock 4 on a PS3. You can plug it in directly to the USB port by default, but if your PS3 has the correct system firmware, it can be used wirelessly as well. There ...
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Turn off Steam Controller without using big picture mode

You can press the Steam button + y to turn the controller off with big picture minimized. (This probably wasn't incorporated at the time of your original post.)
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PS4 Controller not connecting to PS4 and won't reset?

Hold the PS-button and Share-button simultanously for some seconds while the PS4 is turned on. This will reset all connections of the controller and searches for a new one. If this doesn't help, try ...
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How long should I expect an Xbox One controller to last on two AAs?

Unfortunately, there are no credible sources from Microsoft itself. However, other sources do make claims at AA battery lifespans: This article claims that 40+ hours can be achieved from a pair of AA ...
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How can I get a wired 'Afterglow' Xbox 360 controller to work on PC?

Yes you can! Firstly, you might need to install the Xbox 360 Controller software for Windows first. According to a few reports this has solved a few people's issues, however, this was not the case for ...
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It is possible to use Xbox One controller on Linux distros?

With USB cable It´s supported natively in the kernel (3.17 or newer) by the xpad driver. If you have an older one (like 3.16 in Debian 8) you need to install the updated xpad driver. You may need ...
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What system is this controller for?

This is a third party controller that - if I remember correctly - was designed for the SNES but also worked for the Sega Genesis (megadrive). The switches in the middle were autofire cheats. If the ...
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How to set default color and brightness of LEDs of the DualShock 4 controller on Linux?

I've created a udev rule for this that works just fine. First it's needed to identify device attributes once the controller is connected, e.g.: udevadm info -a -p $(udevadm info -q path -n /dev/input/...
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My Xbox One controller's left joystick popped out. What should I do?

I ended up following a YouTube controller disassembly/repair video. Note that you only have to get to the step where you remove the front plate. I needed a T8 Security Torx screwdriver bit. (Note a ...
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Target lock/release on XBox 360 controller

It's the other R button: clicking the right control stick into the controller.
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How can I tell if a PS3 controller may be fake?

I believe that the pictured controller is fake. There is a forum post on the PS community forums about this with a very long and detailed list of differences. From the pictures you have posted the ...
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Is there a benefit from using a dock to charge wireless controllers

Some charging docks uses the EXT port rather than the micro USB. This saves wear and tear on the USB port and, according to several reviews, is faster. You also have the advantage of not needing a ...
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Key differences between DualShock 4 v1 and v2

This reddit post contains a few differences. The ones standing out the most are: Longer battery life, more durable rubber on the analog sticks, theres a light bar on the face of the touch pad, ...
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Do Xbox One controllers support Xbox 360 games on PC?

For 99% of cases, no, it won't matter. However, I've tried to go back and play some legacy games with the Xbox One controller (which I knew worked with the Xbox 360 controller). Two of them had some ...
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Colors on PS4 remotes

Depending on the game, the colors and their meanings can vary greatly. By default, this is what they mean: Orange: charging White: turned on, not yet assigned to a player Blue: assigned to Player 1 ...
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