Nyko - Air Glow Controller for Switch

Nyko is back at it again with yet another peripheral for the Switch—and of course, it’s a controller: the Air Glow. But, unlike a typical controller, this one has a transparent shell allowing you to see all the innards of the controller. On top of that, as the name suggests, the controller unleashes a multi-color array of LEDs.

Design wise, the Air Glow looks similar to that of the Pro Controller and Xbox controllers, using the same boomerang-like design with offset analog sticks. What sets it apart, however, is a programmable turbo button that you can assign at will.

Nyko - Air Glow Controller for Switch

Some third-party controllers have ditched all rumble functionality in order to cut costs. The Air Glow on the other hand does happen two feature dual rumble motors that have “2 interchangeable settings that provide feedback in real time.” It doesn’t sound like this is necessarily supposed to be an HD Rumble replacement, but it’s nice to have it here rather than it being absent entirely.

What’s probably the weakest part of this whole package is that this is a wired controller, rather than a wireless one. If you’re someone who’s all about having 1 the least amount of latency in your gameplay experience as possible, then this shouldn’t be an issue. But, if your setup has you sitting far away from the TV, then this could prove to be an issue. But, the wire is a whopping 10ft, so you do have quite a bit of clearance should you choose to go the couch route with this.

The upside to the Nyko’s Air Glow being wired is that it’s pretty inexpensive. It’ll only run you $34, which is far less of an asking price than official Switch Pro Controller or a pair of Switch Joy-Con. That price seems to be an introductory sale, but the actual MSRP is only $39.99–still pretty cheap compared to the first-party offerings. Also, depending on what kind of gamer you are, this controller is also compatible with PC and…PS3 for some reason? So, if you just so happen to own and use any of these platforms, you’re good to go.

A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.

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