In short: A new beta patch has been released on Steam to support the original Joy-Con controllers for Nintendo Switch. This feature comes just a week after Valve added compatibility with classic Switch Online controllers. The company has gradually added various controllers over the years, and the list is likely to continue to grow.
Steam client beta this week adds support for Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers. The launcher can now recognize dual gamepads as separate mini controllers or as a pair as a single controller. The update gives users more control, making it useful when playing local co-op games on PC.
Steam last week received support for the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 controllers that Nintendo released as part of its Nintendo Switch Online service for playing classic games. The latest Steam patch also includes unspecified improvements for these controllers. Switch Pro controller support came in 2018. So now Steam supports almost all Nintendo controllers.
To switch between the beta and the main branch of Steam, open the Steam client and go to Steam > Settings > Account. Look under “Steam Beta Update” and click “Edit” to open a drop-down menu with beta options.
One notable feature in the patch gives Steam the ability to automatically swap Nintendo button assignments to compensate for differences between Nintendo’s preferred button placement and Microsoft’s standard PC controller setup. So now the Xbox button hints in PC games will correctly match the alternate button positions on Nintendo controllers.
Valve Service added Support for PlayStation 5 DualSense in 2020. This patch included controller LEDs, vibration, trackpad, and gyroscope functionality. Since then, the list of PC games using DualSense’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers has gradually increased. increased, although they require a wired connection. Joy-Cons were the last official controllers from the console manufacturer that were not officially recognized by Steam.
This fall, the Nintendo Joy-Cons will be natively compatible with Apple devices when Apple releases iOS 16. starts up. The beta already supports controllers both individually and in pairs, potentially opening the door for iPhone attachments like Backbone to use them. Recent Patents suggest Apple is working on a gamepad. If they succeed, Valve will likely add Steam support.
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