The Steam Deck will add support for classic Nintendo controllers and Nintendo Switch Joy-Con compatibility on PC.
It can be said that the console gaming experience would not be complete without a good and above all convenient controller. Nintendo’s controllers have evolved considerably over the years, from the angular two-button NES keyset to the odd three-sided controller that came with the N64, and in the modern age to the Switch’s Joy-Con. . Switch’s Joy-Con has shown just how far technology has come in the past few decades, and Valve recently clarified that the Steam platform will now support these colorful handheld controllers. .
According to the latest beta client update rolled out a few days ago, Steam has provided support for the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers, making them separate from each other as a “mini-gamepad.” or combined into one. This is certainly good news for gamers who love to play PC games but want to use a different controller and having a Nintendo Switch is on their terms. Interestingly, this development comes just a few months after Apple made the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con compatible with iOS 16.
This update comes not long after the Steam Deck adds compatibility for classic Nintendo Online controllers. This means that anyone who owns one of Valve’s mobile devices can now connect to NES, SNES, or N64 handheld controllers. Gamers should also note that this support is for modern versions of these classics as they have USB connectivity, but at least it shows that Valve is open to the devices. other peripherals so that anyone can use them through Steam in general or on the Steam Deck. Whether more controllers will be added to the support list is still something we can’t say in advance at this stage.
On top of that, Valve just patented a new feature for Steam that could make game recommendations even better. It looks like this patent builds on the company’s existing policy of making things as convenient as possible. The alleged ultimate goal of the invention would be to be able to create custom compilations related to games it thinks users might like based on their gaming history.
Valve is one of the most successful game companies in the world, with Steam being their most lucrative asset. In the early days the company was known for creating Half-Life, the game that became one of the most beloved FPS titles ever, and this developer today focuses more on its PC store, with the Steam Deck representing a successful leap into the hardware market after years of unsuccessful attempts at it.
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