While the Switch is loved by millions, it has attracted a few complaints. One of the main ones that I’ve personally seen brought up relatively often is the size of the Joy-Con. As someone who’s mainly used to an Xbox One controller, I do agree with this sentiment — the Joy-Con are pretty tiny. This is especially true if you try to use them on their own whether vertically or horizontally. Nevertheless, Nintendo has yet to release a larger-sized variant. So, a third-party manufacturer has taken the matter in its own hands and has done just so.
According to the listing on AliExpress, this third-party alternative is made by a company called ‘Time Owner’. YouTuber Kevin Kenson recently showed them off in a video and compared them to the originals (feature image was taken from said video).
Kevin highlights the visual and technical differences between the two models. Basically, Time Owner’s variant is noticeably wider. They also don’t charge when connected to the Switch, opting for a USB-C connection instead. Battery life of each controller is about four hours, which is a lot less than the originals. Even with these downgrades, however, it turns out that at least the sticks aren’t too bad, but the face buttons are not very good, according to Kevin. Nevertheless, it is mildly impressive that these ‘fake’ Joy-Con are actually wireless and feature vibration functionality, since most third-party Switch controllers do not.
Considering that the original pair Joy-Con typically goes for $80, the fact that these ‘fake’ ones are half of the price may just be enough to attract some folks. As far as Kevin was concerned, he found them usable, but the cutbacks in quality that were made to get them down to that price point are still very noticeable.
(This is not a sponsored post – simply just featuring a cool YouTube creator).