How to use the Switch Pro controller on Steam to play games on my PC

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The Nintendo Switch console has been hugely popular since its launch, a lot of that is down to its own simple controls, dominated by Joy-Con. However, not all users like this type of controller. Fortunately, we have a more classic alternative that is very interesting.

We refer to the Pro Controller, for an controller much more classic than Joy-Con, which just works for a large number of video games. The controller proved to be very comfortable, having all the basic controller controls like PlayStation or Xbox.

It is worth noting that many prefer the Pro Controller over other Nintendo options. That said, it should be noted that the Pro Controller can also be used on other platforms, such as PCs.

How to use the Switch Pro controller on Steam to play games on my PC

The new control of the Nintendo company manages known technologies, in fact, the Switch Pro Controller works with bluetooth. This quality means it can be used on most Windows 10 computers without major problems. Either way, you clearly need to have Bluetooth on your computer.

In case you don't know if your computer has this technology, you can read our guide to find out if your PC or laptop has a Bluetooth connection. Once we have verified that your device has a connection via Bluetooth, we can start with the tutorial.

Connect the Pro Controller to the PC via Bluetooth

The first thing to do is to go into the Windows 10 system settings and look for the Bluetooth options. To do this, go to the «Devices» section and locate "Bluetooth and other devices". Turn on your device's Bluetooth to connect the Pro Controller to your computer.

The Switch Pro controller has a sync button, you will find it at the top of the joystick. Press this button until the green lights on the device start flashing. This signals that the control is now ready to connect to our computers.

After the above, the check between Bluetooth devices should appear on the computer. Just select the Pro Controller from the pairing devices to start the process. You will see that the signal is displayed "Connection", wait until completion.

After what is shown above, a window may appear where you need to do click su "OKAY". At the end of this step, the controller will already be paired with the system and you can use it to play your favorite video games on Steam.

Use a cable to connect the Switch Pro controller on Steam for PC.

The Switch Pro Controller control uses the modern USB-C interface, which in many cases is not natively available on most computers. However, this does not mean that the controller cannot connect. In fact, we'll just need a little tool for that.

To connect the Pro Controller to your computer and play on Steam and other platforms, you will need an adapter. Specifically, a adapter da USB-C a USB-A, which is very similar to the typical OTG cable which works very well for android mobiles. Well, in this case, the USB-C to USB-A cable will be used to connect the remote to the computer.

In this case it will be sufficient to connect the adapter to the control and then to the computer. Everything should go well, the Windows computer should detect il controller Switch and you can use it to play. You may have to wait a while while Windows scans your device and looks for the appropriate drivers.

In case the above doesn't work, simply unplug and plug the controller back into your computer. And if the above still doesn't work, it's very likely that your version of Windows is out of date. That said, it's worth trying to update the Windows Update Agent to the latest version, something that usually helps automatically download drivers and others necessary programs.

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