Valve activates Bluetooth on Steam Controller

Joanna Estrada
May 14, 2018

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 Bluetooth firmware update will gamers to pair the controller with iOS and Android devices, and negates the need for a wireless dongle (although the controller itself comes with one).

The update comes ahead of the launch of Valve's Steam Link streaming app, which is slated for launch this 21 May 2018. This lead to some confusion-the Steam Controller's Bluetooth radio isn't actually usable and hasn't been since it was released.

In a Steam Community post, Valve enabled the ability to add Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity to Steam Controllers, a prerequisite capability in order to leverage the Steam Link app that will be hitting iOS and Android mobile devices in the future. The announcement mentioned that we would be able to control our games through the Steam Controller. You can also use BLE when connecting the Steam Controller to a tablet or laptop that lacks a USB port of course as well. If you want to give Bluetooth LE mode a try on the Steam Controller, you should read the source link below for full setup instructions. It provides the fastest connection, with low-latency support for up to four controllers per receiver, and works across all major operating systems. It requires updating the firmware of the controller which will also wipe out any and all existing pairings, so you have to reconnect the Wireless Receiver afterwards.

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. The Bluetooth connection may be excellent, it says, but its wireless protocol is even better and promises the best experience for a Steam Controller.

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