It lays flat, it stays put and it has all the buttons on the face.

2022-06-14 15_45_41-8BitDo Lite SE _ 8BitDo

Despite the rhetoric in some dark corners of the internet, video games are for everyone. Unfortunately, not all gamers have the manual dexterity or strength to hold a standard game controller. That’s where 8BitDo’s new Lite SE comes into play. It has been designed with accessibility in mind and costs only $35, much less than other limited mobility controllers.

The impetus for the Lite SE came from a Swedish man named Andreas Karlsson. He built several game controllers for his son, Oskar, who lives with a muscle disorder that limits his mobility. After contacting 8BitDo to propose a more affordable controller, the company introduced the Lite SE.

The 8BitDo Lite SE is just another Bluetooth controller as far as your phone is concerned. You can pair it with Android, Nintendo Switch or Raspberry Pi to get all the standard controller inputs. The hardware, however, is very different from your average controller. Instead of being held in your hands, the 8BitDo Lite SE sits flat on a table and has a rubber bottom to keep it from moving around. It also supports vibration, which many cheaper controllers don’t support.


All the buttons are on the face, even the ones that are usually positioned as triggers on the edges, and they have less resistance than standard controllers. The joysticks, which are symmetrical on the Lite SE, don’t click. Instead, the L3 and R3 functions are presented as separate buttons next to the sticks.

8BitDo lists Android, Switch, and Raspberry Pi compatibility on their site. Although, as a Bluetooth driver, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on other platforms. It charges via USB-C and can run for 18 hours on a single charge; It comes with a USB cable, but most Android users probably already have a mountain of USB-C cables. You can reserve the 8BitDo driver now. Shipping is scheduled for July 15.


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