Valve is testing official support for Nintendo’s split Joy-Con gamepads in Steam.
The company says(Opens in a new window) it “added support for Nintendo Joy-Con controllers, both individually as a mini-gamepad and combined into pairs,” and “improved support for the Nintendo Online classic controllers” with the release of the latest Steam Client Beta on Aug. 4.
Nintendo released the Switch in March 2017, which means it’s taken Valve more than five years to embrace the Joy-Con. It was much quicker to support the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller; the company started(Opens in a new window) testing Steam’s compatibility with that gamepad in May 2018.
It’s not hard to guess why. Nintendo designed the Joy-Con as a pair of devices that can be used together (like a standard gamepad) or separately (like miniature controllers) at any time. The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, meanwhile, is a traditional gamepad with a few extra features.
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Valve hasn’t indicated whether or not Steam will support the Joy-Con’s more esoteric features—HD Rumble, built-in gyroscopes, etc.—but at least Joy-Con enthusiasts will soon have a more straightforward way to use Nintendo’s oddest little gamepads with their PCs.
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