Steam’s latest update adds support for Nintendo’s classic controllers it’s making for Nintendo Switch. While Valve’s patch notes are somewhat vague – “Added support for classic Nintendo Online controllers” – the change means Steam will now support Switch-specific NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers, Valve confirmed spokesman Kaci Aitchison Boyle to The edge.
If you want to buy one of those controllers to use with Steam, you should know that you can only buy them if you are a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber. You can grab the NES and SNES controllers right now, but the N64 and Genesis controllers are currently out of stock. Nintendo’s website doesn’t list when they might be available again, but when they are, you’ll want to jump on it quickly.
Fighting game fans might be happy to hear that Qanba’s Obsidian and Dragon Arcade joysticks and Hori’s Fighting Stick Mini 4 joysticks are now also supported in Steam. And Valve has made some improvements to the way Steam supports Sony’s DualSense controller: on Windows, you can see a firmware update dialog (following the release of Sony’s official DualSense firmware updater app for PC), and controllers with updated firmware will have “enhanced rumble emulation” enabled.
Update July 27, 8:10 PM ET: Added confirmation from Valve on which Nintendo controllers are supported.