Randomize: This tool allows you to play Just Dance with your Joy-Cons on any console

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We’re the lucky ones on the Switch. Just Dance allows us to get right into the groove of things by being able to use our Joy-Cons. However, to play the 2022 version on Xbox Series X, Series S, or PlayStation 5, you’ll need to download an app to your phone.

Okay, that’s not really a lot of extra work, is it? But there’s something about motion controls and the Joy-Cons that make gaming a lot more fun than just downloading an app. You can’t even use the Kinect sensor or anything else to play it on your shiny new Xbox (but you can on Xbox One).

Luckily, Reddit has developed a tool called redphx that allows dancers to use their Joy-Cons on any console. Thanks to our sister site Pure Xbox for discovering it!

Dubbed JoyDance, this is a fairly technical kit that will require a little reading to set up. Essentially, the tool pretends to be the Just Dance Controller app, detects your Joy-Cons movements, and sends them to the gaming console.

To ensure it works perfectly, redphx’s code requires the following:

  • PC/Mac/Linux with Bluetooth support.
  • Python 3.7+ and pip installed.
  • 1 to 6 Joy Cons.
  • It is RECOMMENDED to:
    • Use a Bluetooth dongle as the built-in Bluetooth sucks (or you’ll keep losing connection while gaming). Make sure you buy a dongle with game controller support, not just audio devices. Not all dongles support Mac/Linux, so remember to check compatibility before purchasing.
    • Use a Nintendo Switch to update Joy-Con to the latest firmware and calibrate its motion sensors. Ask your friends or take it to the game store if you don’t have one.

The tool has only been tested on an Xbox Series S and Switch for the past few years (just in case you want to have fun), but users have reported that it’s extremely accurate with no latency issues.

You can check out the detailed code and instructions, and download the tool yourself on GitHub. And even if you don’t have Just Dance, it’s just amazing to see the amount of time and effort fans put into creating interesting gimmicks for the games they play. Maybe now someone could get a camera that works with the Switch?

Let us know what you think of it in the comments. Randomize: This tool allows you to play Just Dance with your Joy-Cons on any console

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