How to use a Nintendo Switch Pro controller on Steam Deck

The Steam Deck makes it possible to take your Steam library from the couch to a coffee shop on the go. But with portability comes expanded compatibility when it comes to what type of gamepad or controller to use with Valve’s handheld outing for freshmen, not least the Nintendo Switch Por controller.

While there are many controllers, gamepads, and even battle sticks compatible with the Steam Deck, Nintendo fans or Xbox-type controller conversions will likely call the Switch Pro controller home. Each controller has a slightly different setup process, but most differ only in the button prompts. Luckily, setting up the Nintendo Switch Pro controller on Steam Deck isn’t difficult at all.

How to use a Nintendo Switch Pro controller on Steam Deck.

  • Navigate to Settings.
  • Turn on Bluetooth.
  • Press and hold the Switch Pro controller’s pairing button.
  • Select “Pro Controller” once it appears on the Steam Deck display.
  • Press A to pair your Switch Pro controller with your Steam deck.

Connecting the Nintendo Switch Pro controller is a breeze. The only caveat that comes with using a controller other than an Xbox is that the button prompts will likely be different than what you have in your hands, meaning if a game says “Press X” it means X, since it’s on the Xbox controller, not the Switch Pro controller. How to use a Nintendo Switch Pro controller on Steam Deck

Justin Scacco

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