Valve switches on Steam Controller's mobile connection in beta

Ruben Fields
May 14, 2018

Yeah, you didn't know it had it right? This functionality will be required if you want to enjoy the Steam Link app.

It was just over a week ago that Valve updated the beta version of its Steam client to support Nintendo's Switch Pro Controller.

The Steam Controller is all around decent controller with a very reasonable price tag, it takes some getting used to but the level of customization and various ways to use it are its strengths.

Once you're done with this, press A + the Steam button to use the original wireless mode or press B + the Steam button to use the original wireless mode.

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When is it a good idea to use Bluetooth? However, the option to connect via Bluetooth will enable you to use the gamepad with any mobile device or laptop without a USB port. With emulators becoming more commonplace on Android, you should be able to use your Steam Controller to play a huge variety of games on the go without having to use an OTG cable!

In a odd turn of events that makes you wonder why it hasn't happened before now, Valve has turned on the Bluetooth modules in its Steam Controllers, so if you ever wanted to play with the Valve gamepad without the included dongle on something other than a Steam Link, now you can. But you'll be hard pressed to find a full-sized USB connection on the majority of tablets or mobile phones, and so Valve is rolling out an update that will bring a Bluetooth Low Energy connection to its pad. By pressing A + the Steam button, you'll power up in the original wireless mode. The Bluetooth connection may be excellent, it says, but its wireless protocol is even better and promises the best experience for a Steam Controller.

If you want to try out the Steam Client Beta, you can opt into it here.

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