The latest Steam client beta adds official support for Nintendo Joy-Con controllers, making it easier to use Switch-style controls in PC games.
August 4th, a Steam Client Beta Update (opens in new tab) Two changes went live, the more prominent one being: “Adds support for Nintendo Joy-Con controllers, either individually as mini gamepads or combined in pairs.” The update also notes that the Nintendo Online Classic Controller Now with “Improved Support”.
Beta updates usually take a few weeks to a month to go live on the main Steam client, so you can expect the feature to be available to everyone soon.
July 27, Steam adds official support (opens in new tab) For Nintendo Online Classic Controllers – Modern Bluetooth controllers in the shape of NES, SNES, Genesis/Mega Drive and N64 gamepads sold directly by Nintendo through their own store. Yes, now, with official support for N64 controllers and Joy-Cons, Steam finally supports all of Nintendo’s worst controllers. Well, I guess excluding Power Glove.
Steam now supports the Switch Pro controller for many years (opens in new tab), and while I’m not a Joy-Con fan personally (even though I’m not affected by Joy-Con drift), it’s nice to see more and more console controllers support Steam input directly. Valve has finally given us the place of our dreams, where our DualSenses, Joy-Cons, and Xbox tablets can coexist in harmony.
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