The 8Bitdo SN30 Pro + established itself two years ago as one of the most flexible and useful gamepads available. It worked with multiple platforms, including PC and Nintendo Switch, offered plenty of customization options for button mapping and analog stick sensitivity, and came in several nostalgic color combinations. The 8Bitdo Pro 2 removes the SN30 part of the name (the SN30 Pro + was a larger version of the Super NES-inspired SN30 Pro with more prominent handles) and adds new tricks, such as programmable back buttons and multiple profiles. For $ 49.99, it offers almost everything you could possibly want in one cWindows or Switch controller, and feels good in hand. The 8Bitdo Pro 2 is a cheaper and more customizable alternative to the Switch Pro controller, and deserves our editor's choice for gamepads .
At first glance, the Pro 2 looks identical to the SN30 Pro +. It's available in all black; a Game Boy-style beige gray with burgundy buttons; or a PlayStation-style two-tone gray with black buttons with colorful letters that match the shapes of the DualShock controllers.The controller is built around a Super NES-style dog bone-shaped face, with two analog sticks built into the bottom.
All the standard controls are here, including a plus-shaped directional pad on the left, four face buttons in an Xbox-style A / B / X / Y layout on the right, dthem smaller Start and Select buttons in the middle, and the aforementioned dual analog sticks below them both, placed in parallel like on a DualShock controller. Small circular buttons that correspond to Home and Capture on Nintendo Switch controllers are found to the left and right of the analog sticks. Two long handles extend from the lower left and lower right areas of the face, curving downward and reminiscent of the handles of the DualShocks. Finally, a profile button and three LEDs are located between the analog sticks. The profile button is the first indication that it is not just a copy of the SN30 Pro +.
The other two large clues can be found on the back of the controller. The same elastic shoulder bumpers and analog triggers can be found on the top edge of the gamepad, while another pair of buttons can be found just inside the grips.es. These are the programmable buttons P1 and P2 that you can set to any other input.