Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is Now Natively Supported in Steam With Full Gyro Controls

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, May 3, 2018 11:35 AM

If you’re one of the millions who currently own a Nintendo Switch, you may be interested to know that Valve has just added official Steam support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.  Up until now, using the Switch Pro Controller has been a bit of a pain in the proverbial ass, but Steam beta client update simplifies all of this and adds a plug and play solution.

The full gamut of configuration options are available through the Steam interface, allowing players to completely remap the controls in just about any game they want. Best of all though, the Pro Controller’s gyro is also supported so this is a fairly decent and more generic stand-in for the Steam controller. If you’re wrinkling nose at the thought of gyro controls, it’s actually a fantastic way to improve the accuracy of aiming in shooters that can be far more effective than the trusty old analog sticks.

“We’re pleased to announce that the latest Steam Client Beta adds support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller,” says Valve. “We think it is a great device with a feature set that pairs nicely with your Steam catalog. The d-pad is ideal for fighting games and platformers and the gyro enhances aim in your action/FPS titles.”

The one downside to the Switch Pro Controller is the D-pad isn’t the greatest, but it’s a still superior alternative to the mushy mess that is the Xbox 360’s D-pad.

If you want to give it a shot for yourself, you’ll need to opt-in to the Steam beta client and then enable global support for the controller by checking the box marked ‘Switch Pro Configuration Support’ in the controller settings tab.

Then you just need to connect the controller to your PC and register it to your Steam account when prompted in order to lock it in. You’ll need to calibrate the motion controls but other than that you’re good to go.

Controller configurations can then be shared on a per-game basis, just like the Steam Controller, with the ability to add radial menus, bind the gyro to various actions, and create action sets.

This isn't something that's going to be useful for everyone, obviously, but it's neat for Valve to implement native support for more control options. A lot of PC gamers are still lumped with the generic X360 gamepad, a controller which has been usurped several times since, while the Switch controller's pinpoint gyro accuracy offers control options above and beyond a standard gamepad.

Is anybody going to give this a shot? Or is the £55 Switch Pro Controller a little pricy for your tastes?

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07:50 May-05-2018

They should just add DualShock 4 , The playstation controllers have always been the best

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16:00 May-03-2018

I find the Pro Controller to be far more comfortable than others. Might give it a shot with the few games that I play with a controller on my PC. Still think they're a bit pricey though.

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16:18 May-03-2018

That was the case when they were introduced to the switch, but now they are the same price as any new controller(PS4/Xbox). The Pro Controller definitely feels better for me compared to the Xbox,PS4, and Steam controller.

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19:52 May-03-2018

That's fair enough. Didn't realise PS4/Xbox controllers were priced the same.

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