A beta Steam client update adds Nintendo Switch Joy-Con support

Valve is testing support for the Joy-Cons

A couple of Nintendo controllers could join Steam’s list of compatible input devices. In a new beta version of the Steam client, Valve has added support for Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons.

Dual drive controllers are, of course, primarily for the Nintendo Switch. But in case you’ve wanted to use them on your PC, there’s currently additional support in the Steam beta.

Valve’s mount allows the Joy-Cons to be used individually, like mini-gamepads. Or they can be combined into a single paired controller. Essentially the same controller setups you can play with on your Switch.

If other Nintendo controllers are faster, the Steam client beta also has improved support for classic Nintendo Online controllers. That includes Nintendo 64, NES, SNES, and Genesis controllers. Support for those classics was rolled out last week, but it looks like Valve is improving on the support that’s already out there.

Joyful Controller Options

It may seem a bit strange of an update, at first. I mean, I’ve tried connecting Joy-Cons to a PC before, with extremely mixed results. But official support is not only good for those who do not want to choose additional drivers.

Joy-Cons are a pretty unique style of controller, with built-in sensors and all. I’d just be speculating, but I’m interested to see what modders and other controller tinkerers can do with this.

And more controller support is never a bad thing. I’m almost tempted to try connecting them to a Steam Deck, if only to enable the weird dream of using Switch Joy-Cons on a portable PC.

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Whether you’re looking for something extra rocket league controllers or inventing weird scenarios, it sounds great. If you want to give it a try, you can simply opt into the Steam client beta and try the Joy-Con support for yourself.

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