Unlike past Pro controllers, the Switch Pro controller carries over most functionality found in its system's main control set up. Not only does it have a capture button, it also features the gyro-motion controls, amiibo support, and HD-rumble found in the Joy-Con Controllers. The IR sensor, attaching modularity, and the ability to use two parts in a relaxed position or independently as separate controllers are the only features of the Pro Controller is lacking in comparison to the Joy-cons.
While its shape is generally a unique, rounded rectangular shape, its layout is reminiscent to that of an Xbox or GameCube controller with the right analog stick on the bottom and the left stick on the top.
The controller is chargeable via USB-C cable, similar to the charging Joy-con grip.
- The Switch Pro Controller is the first Pro controller to feature motion control.
- It is the first Pro controller to contain face inputs that are each unique in size and or form from its respective system's primary controller (besides the share and home buttons).
- The Switch Pro Controller is currently the only first party Switch Controller that features a traditional D-pad, although the handheld Nintendo Switch Lite features one as well.