Valve continues to expand the range of controllers that can be used with Steam by adding support for Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons as part of its latest beta update.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con support tops the very short list of changes in Steam Client Beta Latest Community Update (Opens in a new tab) for the month of August. The post not only confirms the addition of Nintendo Switch Joy-Con support, but notes that support is for Joy-Cons “both as a mini gamepad and compact in pairs.”
At the moment, support is only available in Steam Client Beta. To subscribe to it, you can do it in the “Account” section of the Steam settings menu. Since the beta release on August 4th, Valve has re-released it on August 5th, and we hope that any issues encountered by those trying to connect consoles will be resolved.
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Of course, not every Nintendo Switch owner loves the adorable little Joy-Cons. If you’ve fallen into this camp, or are just trying to figure out how to fix Joy-Con drift right now, you’ll be happy to know that the more intrinsic Nintendo Switch Pro console has had Steam support all the way through. in 2018.
so recently – June (Opens in a new tab)in fact – Valve added support for the classic Nintendo Switch Online console lineup to the Steam beta before pushing it into the main Steam client in July (Opens in a new tab). This group includes the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and Nintendo 64 wireless controllers. The latest beta says it provides “improved support” for these controllers as well.
Altogether, this means that Steam now has a very comprehensive support system for the official lineup of Nintendo Switch consoles. If Nintendo controller support doesn’t interest you at all, Steam controller support is extensive and also includes the DualSense Wireless Controller, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, and more.