Steam’s latest update adds support for Nintendo’s classic controllers that it manufactures for Nintendo Switch. Although Valve’s patch notes are somewhat vague – “Added support for classic Nintendo Online controllers” – the change means that Steam now supports NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers. specific to Switch, confirmed Valve spokesperson Kaci Aitchison Boyle. The edge.
If you want to pick up one of these controllers to use with Steam, be aware that you can only purchase them if you are a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber. You can grab NES and SNES controllers right now, but N64 and Genesis controllers are currently out of stock. Nintendo’s website doesn’t indicate when they might be available again, but when they are, you’ll want to skip them quickly.
Fighting game fans might be pleased to hear that Qanba’s Obsidian and Dragon Arcade joysticks and Hori’s Fighting Stick Mini 4 are now also supported in Steam. And Valve has made some improvements to the way Steam supports Sony’s DualSense controller: on Windows, you’ll be able to see a firmware update dialog (which follows the release of the official updater app Sony’s DualSense Firmware for PC), and controllers with the updated firmware will have “enhanced rumble emulation” enabled.
Updated July 27 at 8:10 p.m. ET: Added confirmation from Valve regarding supported Nintendo controllers.