Valve has included support for the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons as part of the latest beta update to the controller list available on Steam.
In the August Steam Client Beta community update article (opens in new tab), Nintendo Switch Joy-Con compatibility appears at the top of the short list of updates. Post confirms that Nintendo Switch Joy-Con support has been added, but it also states that the support is for Joy-Cons “both singly as a mini-gamepad and paired into pairs”.
The feature is currently only available in the beta version of the Steam Client. With Steam’s account settings menu, you may choose to participate in this feature if you’d like. It’s possible that Valve’s August 5 re-release of the beta, which was first made available on August 4, has resolved any connectivity difficulties people were having with their controllers.
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Of course, not everyone is a fan of the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers. The more robust Nintendo Switch Pro controller acquired Steam support in 2018 whether you fall into that camp, or if you’re merely trying to find out how to solve Joy-Con drift at the moment.
The Nintendo Switch Online classic controllers were first introduced to the Steam beta in June and made available to everyone in the standard Steam client in July. The NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and Nintendo 64 wireless controllers are all included in one set. Additionally, “enhanced support” for these controllers has been noted in the most recent beta version.
Finally, all of this means that the official Nintendo Switch controllers are now fully supported by Steam. If you don’t care about support for Nintendo controllers, Steam’s controller compatibility is extensive and includes, among other things, support for the DualSense wireless controller and the Xbox Elite wireless controller.