The Joy-Con Grip that comes in the Nintendo Switch box serves its purpose, but it’s definitely not the most comfortable controller that I’ve ever used.
Well, PowerA has released their own Joy-Con Comfort Grip which is officially licensed by Nintendo and surprisingly, despite it looking almost identical, there’s actually some minor changes that make it a much appreciated improvement.
Priced at $19.95 and available in red and black, the PowerA Joy-Con Comfort Grip does look a little cheap out of the box. It doesn’t have quite the same quality finish as the official Joy-Con Comfort Grip. Personally, I like the red, and will consider getting an extra red Joy-Con to rock it properly.
Where it does excel though, is in the comfort area. As mentioned earlier, the Joy-Con Grip isn’t uncomfortable, but it is different. Once I used the PowerA Grip, I realised that the difference is in the added ridge at the top of the controller which makes all the difference. My hands now feels like it’s in a much more familiar position and reaching both the ZL/L and ZR/R buttons feel much more natural. This grip is much more similar to that of a DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller, and it makes all the difference.
Also, if you’re looking for a grip to charge your Joy-Cons, this one won’t do it, so you really have to weigh up added comfort vs the ability to charge your Joy-Cons with the Joy-Con Charging Grip (which is priced at $39.95). It does have the indicator icons to easily tell which player you are, so that’s much appreciated.
At the end of the day, there’s not a lot to say about the PowerA Joy-Con Comfort Grip. It feels much more comfortable than the Joy-Con Grip in the Nintendo Switch box, with some minor changes making your hand mould more comfortably. If you’re looking for a second Grip for that second set of Joy-Cons, we’d recommend this. However, if you’re looking for a grip to charge your Joy-Cons, then it might be worth paying the extra $20.