I purchased my Switch with grey Joy-Cons, which I came to regret over time. The blue and red Joy-Cons give the Nintendo Switch an iconic look akin to the Gamecube purple. Unfortunately, the blue and red Joy-Con set is frequently out-of-stock and also expensive. The consequence of fitting all those gyros and sensors into the controllers is $80. There is, however, a cheaper way to decorate my Joy-Cons: silicone covers. Silicone joy-con covers are popular and all over Amazon. They come in a variety of styles and even sport an ergonomic shape for comfort. I purchased a red & blue pair of Mayskey Joy-Con Gel Guards for $8 because it had positive reviews. Truthfully, I could’ve picked up a set from anyone.
Gel Cover Design
The covers were thin and flexible while the ergonomic bumpers were quite firm. The inner webbing at the bottom was also hard, and likely there so the user could feel controller vibrations.
They’re Soft but Feel Flimsy
Does anyone remember the Dragonball Z Secret Sayan toy line? For those not familiar, it included two forms of a character, one as a hard-plastic action figurine, and the second as a hollow, rubber figurine. The plastic figurine was meant to rest inside the rubbery shell like a skeletal system. It was a cool concept with an improper execution. I had the Majin Buu set. It broke after Day One.
Memories of that toy surfaced after receiving my silicone gel guards. I can put on and take off the guards with minimal effort, but not mindlessly. The covers tend to snag on the trigger buttons and control sticks. They have this powdery texture that feels wrong in my hands. I feel the need to wipe my hands after holding them for a few minutes. It’s more comfortable to hold the Joy-Cons in each hand thanks to the ergonomic bumpers, but that benefit doesn’t translate when attached the Switch. Thankfully, you can dock the switch with silicone covers and attach the Joy-Con straps, (which may not be such a good thing if you’ve read my review of Joy-Con Controller Grips). I tested them out with Mario Kart 8 and Breath of the Wild to see how well the covers fit around buttons. I was able to push buttons with equal ease but the height of the silicone surrounding them resulted in a loss of tactility. It was a noticeable minor annoyance.
Silicone Joy-Con covers look nice on my desk, but functionally, I’m not as impressed. First, they suffocate buttons, which impacts my gameplay enjoyment. Second, their durability is questionable. I know silicone is a resistant material, but since it snags on the controllers during removal, I fear it will accidentally tear within a year. And for a few more dollars you can buy a cover case (like the Kungber) that offers similar benefits plus damage protection. Personally, I don’t see myself using these often. I use both Joy-Cons in the included controller grip rather than in each hand, and I have my Kungber case for when I travel. If you’re adamant about a particular design and enjoy how silicone feels, I don’t see the harm in making a purchase. You can find many options on Amazon between $6-$10 and they should all include a pair of joy-stick grips. But if they easily break and require frequent replacement, I’d get smart about buying these kinds of accessories. Whatever you decide, please at the very least do not get this:
If you’re adamant about a particular design and enjoy how silicone feels, I don’t see the harm in making a purchase. You can find a variety on Amazon between $6-$10 that should include a pair of joy-stick grips. But if they easily break and require frequent replacement, I’d get smart about buying these kind of accessories. Whatever you decide, please at the very least do not get this:
An inexpensive way to decorate your Joy-Cons that add comfort and scratch-resistance. Flexible material makes for easy removal but questionable longevity, and some may be turned off by how tight they surround buttons. A “nice-to-have” for those who enjoy the feel of silicone.