Valve continues to expand the range of controllers that can be used with Steam by adding support for the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons as part of the latest beta update.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con support tops very short list of changes in Steam client beta community update post (opens in new tab) for August. Not only does the post confirm that Nintendo Switch Joy-Con support has been added, it notes that support is for Joy-Cons “both individually as mini-gamepads and combined in pairs”.
At the moment, support is only in the Steam client beta. To join this you can do so in the ‘Account’ section of the Steam settings menu. Since the beta was released on August 4th, Valve has re-released it on August 5th, hopefully smoothing out any issues being experienced by those trying to hook up the controllers.
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Of course, it’s not every Nintendo Switch owner who likes beautiful, fizzy Joy-Cons. If you fall into that camp, or you’re just trying to figure out how to fix Joy-Con drift at the moment, you’ll be happy to know that the more substantial Nintendo Switch Pro controller got Steam support all the way back to 2018. In.
More recently – June (opens in new tab)In fact — Valve added support for the Nintendo Switch Online collection of classic controllers in the Steam beta before pushing out the main Steam client in July. (opens in new tab), The collection includes the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 wireless controllers. This most recent beta release notes that it also brings “improved support” for these controllers.
Overall, this means that Steam now has a pretty comprehensive system of support for the official range of Nintendo Switch controllers. If Nintendo controller support isn’t exactly of interest to you, however, Steam’s controller support is extensive and includes the DualSense Wireless Controller and Xbox Elite Wireless Controller.