PAX West 2022: Fixture Gaming Hands-On Preview

Fixture Gaming Makes Nintendo Switch Even More Portable

 

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Let me start with an admission – I normally don’t cover very technical products. Not just on a regular basis, but also when I attend conventions like PAX West or E3. I’m not an engineer, and generally lack the language to accurately convey my impressions. But having said that, I’m also a gigantic Nintendo fanboy, and my Switch is my only modern console. So when I heard Fixture Gaming had a new way to make the Switch even more portable, I was intrigued.

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I got to meet with Austin Stark, the man behind the Fixture S1 and Fixture Gaming in general. What he essentially built is a way to connect your Switch screen with a Nintendo Pro controller. Which might sound awkward without context, but I can confirm it works shockingly well. The S1 has a two axis design and steel friction hinges. This means once you set things up, it’ll take a concerted effort to shake or disconnect your setup. It can also be compacted on top of the controller without accidentally pushing any buttons. Best of all, since it’s the Pro Controller and not the Joy-Con, you shouldn’t have to worry about common irritations like Joy-Con drift.

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Not only that, but you can adjust the S1 in a variety of ways. Not only can you separate it from the Pro Controller as a screen mount, you can shift it around on the two axes to make it more comfortable. I demoed it playing Mario Kart 8, and noticed zero lag or any sort of issues. I could see and play just as easily as if I was holding my much bulkier entire Switch portably. Also nice is that the S1 has a carrying case that holds both your Switch screen and the Pro Controller, as well as having a little room for some additional game cartridges.

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Here’s the part where Fixture Gaming either makes a new convert or scares people off – the price point. You can get the S1 mount for $39.99, while the carrying case usually runs $29.99. If you prefer to get both, there’s a bundle for $59.99. There’s also a pricier S2 model, but since I didn’t demo that one, I’m just focusing on the S1.

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I personally feel that Fixture Gaming is pretty affordable at that price point. And as someone that’s a huge advocate of portable gaming, this makes the Switch even more geared towards portable play. If you find yourself looking for new ways to improve your Switch experience, you might want to look into this compelling device. Or to help make up your mind, please watch the video below!

Josh Speer
Got my start in the industry at oprainfall, but been a game fanatic since I was young. Indie / niche advocate and fan of classics like Mega Man, Castlevania and Super Metroid. Enjoys many genres, including platformers, turn based / tactical RPGs, rhythm and much more. Champion of PAX West and Knight of E3.

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