Steam Adds Support for Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Valve has added support for Nintendo’s Switch Pro Controller in the latest update to their Steam beta client.

Here’s a rundown on how to get your controller properly connected:

  • First, opt into the Steam Client Beta then enable support globally by checking the ‘Nintendo Switch Configuration Support’ option in the Controller Settings page. In case you missed it, this is the same page to enable PS4 and Xbox Configuration support. By checking this box, you are able to create, share, and browse Switch Pro Controller configs on a per-game basis. The Controller Settings page also contains a global option to ‘Use Nintendo Button Layout’. This will swap the A/B and X/Y buttons of your loaded config – something that will come in handy if you choose a Steam Controller, Xbox, or standard template config.
  • Next, connect your controller and register it to your account when prompted. For best results with the gyro, we suggest initially calibrating your controller by selecting the ‘Calibrate’ option under ‘Detected Controllers’.
  • After that, create a config (or load an existing config), via the ‘Controller Configuration’ option in the Manage Game screen for the title you are playing. The full functionality of the Steam Input Configurator is at your disposal: bind the gyro, add radial menus, create action sets, etc. If you prefer to start from a community config, press X and browse the options.
  • Finally, launch and play your Steam game with your Switch Pro Controller. Bring up the overlay with the ‘Home’ button to tweak your config on the fly. Please let us know if you encounter any issues.

Currently, Steam offers controller support for a multitude of controllers, including Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, third party controllers (which support XInput or Xbox 360 layout/buttons), and even fighting game sticks.

Rory Hutchings


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