Getting Started with the 8BitDo Bluetooth GamePads

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Lite Hardware Overview

8BitDo's Lite Controller is a D-pad extravaganza. Who needs extra D-pads? I mean, who doesn't? They do have the "push button" functionality of the joystick but you have to press all four direction buttons down at the same time and it's hit or miss. That said, this controller is great for my kiddos - it extremely low profile, so it fits better into their smaller hands and thus it's easier for them to maneuver on. Let's have a look at some of the specs:

  • Compatibility: Windows, Steam, Switch
  • Dimension / Weight: 12066.216.2mm / 84g
  • Special Features:
    • Dual D-pads
    • Mode switch
    • Customizable turbo functionality ( X-input )
  • Connectivity:
    • Wireless Bluetooth®
    • USB-C
  • Battery Type / Battery Life:
    • 480mAh Li-on battery, rechargeable
    • 18 play hours with 1-2 hour charging time
  • Includes:
    • 8BitDo Lite Bluetooth gamepad
    • USB cable
    • Instruction manual

Diagram of 8bitdo Lite buttons

Battery and Charging

The Lite Controller comes with a standard USB-C cable and takes a couple hours to charge up. 8BitDo's documentation boasts about 18 hours of play once charged and while I haven't done any actual benchmarking on that, I will say that my kids have been playing on this thing for a week and I have yet to need to charge it. So it ain't too shabby.


All this low profile and portability comes at a bit of a cost. The 8BitDo Lite controller does not have an accelerometer or rumble feature, and there is no NFC reader. But! If you're a retro gamer who loves old school Zelda, Mario, etc, this is the controller for you.