Steam Joy-Con support rounds out Nintendo’s controller lineup

Steam Joy-Con support rounds out Nintendo’s controller lineup

A new Steam client beta update from Valve adds Steam Joy-Con support for the Nintendo Switch controllers, meaning they are now officially supported as a way to play your PC games. This addition rounds out the list of supported Switch keyboards, including the Switch Pro controller and a range of classic Nintendo style controllers.

The August 5th Steam client beta update brings official support for the small paired controllers that are the flagship of the Nintendo Switch console. Like the Switch itself, you can use the controllers individually – where they’ll be treated like a mini-game – or pair them together to enable the functionality of a full-sized controller.

While the Switch Joy-Con may not be the best way to play for most people, they do offer some pretty useful functionality. For example, instead of a traditional cross-shaped directional pad on the left side, the Joy-Con has four separate buttons that resemble those of the “face buttons” typically found on the right side of a controller. These separated buttons can come in handy for games that require tight directional accuracy, especially in classic titles like Tetris or Pac-Man where a wrong directional input can cause a catastrophic crash.

This update also improves Valve’s support for the classic Nintendo Online controller range, which has been officially implemented in Steam. This range of controllers, including models based on the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, and Mega Drive pads, requires you to be a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber to buy – but if you have one, you can use now through Steam.

Currently, the update is part of the Steam client beta – to opt for this and test the newest features ahead of its official release, including Joy-Con controller support, you’ll want to head to the Steam settings menu . Next, click on the ‘account’ tab and then click ‘Change…’ next to ‘Beta Participation’ and select the ‘Steam Beta Update’ option. You will need to restart your Steam client to complete the process.

If you prefer to use an Xbox or Playstation controller, you may want to take advantage of the Steam controller lighting options offered for both. The Steam Survival Fest is running throughout the first week of August, with discounts on a range of games including some of the best survival games on PC. New legislation on the scene is changing the way developers are allowed to present their games, with new restrictions on Steam game art on the storefront.

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