Handheld gaming on the Switch can be uncomfortable. The device is slim enough to require an unwieldy clinch, and the asymmetric thumb sticks mean your hands never sit at the same angle. Satisfye aims to relieve your tired wrists with a gaming grip that found solid traction on Kickstarter. Now the device is out in the wild for the low price of $22.00 (See it on Amazon), so how does it hold up?
Satisfye Gaming Grip – Design and Features
Satisfye offers several versions of its gaming grip, ranging from slim modes to “elite” packages with included cases. The version I tested was the standard, bare-bones Pro Gaming Grip package. It includes a simple, plastic gaming grip and four thumb tabs to pop on your thumbtacks for added leverage. I didn’t feel like the thumb tabs made much difference, and I preferred the unadorned joy-cons. That’s fine—the gaming grip is the main attraction here.
Put simply, the grip is just a hunk of plastic. You slide your console into the grip, and, voila, your Switch now has groovy handles. Inside the grip are protruding, rubber ribs, which press firmly against the Switch to keep it in place. It feels a little iffy, but it works. In the interest of testing, I shook the grips as hard as I could, and the Switch (luckily) didn’t fall out.
At a little under 5 ounces, the grip isn’t massive, but it makes the Switch feel substantially larger. That’s in part because the handles are thick. They remind me of the original “Duke” Xbox Controller.
And for those with small hands, don’t worry: my fiancée’s hands are tiny, but with the grips attached she was able to reach every button comfortably. (However, small children will likely find the grip a tad too large.) The chunky handles feel oddly different than the Switch’s tiny buttons, but there’s no debating: the Switch is more comfortable with the Satisfye Gaming Grip.
There’s also no debating that you lose a lot of the Switch’s mobility with the thing on. The grip’s not collapsible in any way, and I found myself less likely to take the Grip with me with the grip attached, so I restricted my Game Grip usage to in my house. If you use handheld mode a lot in your home, that might be a problem—but most people, myself included, would prefer to play in TV mode.
Its central brilliance is its asymmetric handle design.
Its central brilliance is its asymmetric handle design. The right handle sits at a sharper angle than the left, which helps align both wrists at a much more comfortable 35-degree angle. The handles feature a smooth plastic front with a rubberized, non-slip back, which feel great. However, on my unit, the seam between front and back was imperfect—on the left handle a small ridge protruded.
The stand also allows your Switch to stand upright, but I’m not sure what the point is. Maybe to display it? The kickstand already fulfills this purpose, and unfortunately, while in the Grip, you can’t dock your Switch.
Satisfye Gaming Grip – Gaming
I’m both hopelessly addicted and hopelessly bad at Super Smash Bros Ultimate. I often spend long sessions online mashing buttons at full speed. As you can imagine, this leads to some pretty cramped fingers. The Satisfye alleviates a bunch of the pain, but not all of it. The Switch still sports tiny buttons and hitting them over and over is just not comfortable. On the other hand, the triggers were a lot easier to grasp, and the whole package felt more ergonomic.
The Satisfye alleviates a bunch of the pain, but not all of it.
I also wanted to try it with some games that used the Switch’s basic motion controls—so I turned on Motion Sensitivity in Fortnite and shot a few arrows in Breath of the Wild. While the added weight makes tilting the device feel a little clunky, it also made the actions feel considerably more consequential. The Satisfye grip certainly increases the pleasure of tilt controls.
The Satisfye Gaming Grip has an MSRP of $22.00 and it’s the same price online.