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 the latest beta update.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con support is at the top of a very short list of changes in the Steam client beta Community Update Post (opens in new tab) August. Not only does the post confirm that Nintendo Switch Joy-Con support has been added, it also states that the support is for Joy-Cons that “can be used individually as mini gamepads or combined as a pair.”
Currently, support is only in the Steam client beta. To opt-in, you can do so in the Accounts section of the Steam settings menu. Since its beta release on August 4th, Valve has re-released it on August 5th, hoping to fix any issues users are having trying to connect controllers.
Of course, not every Nintendo Switch user likes the small, sophisticated Joy-Cons. If you fall into that camp, or you’re just trying to figure out how to fix Joy-Con drift right now, then you’ll be happy to know that the more powerful Nintendo Switch Pro controller has been supporting Steam 2018.
even closer than that— June (opens in new tab)in fact – Valve added support for collections before rolling out collections of Nintendo Switch Online classic controllers to the Steam beta before pushing them to the main Steam client July (opens in new tab). This collection includes NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 wireless controllers. This latest beta release notes that it also brings “improved support” to these controllers.
All in all, this means that Steam now has a very comprehensive system to support the official Nintendo Switch controller family. However, if you’re not at all interested in Nintendo controller support, Steam has a wide range of controller support, including the DualSense Wireless Controller and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, among others.