You can now play Steam games on your Switch with its vintage controllers

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Anyway, Steam’s language in the patch notes does leave some room for interpretation, but thankfully the good folks at The Verge(opens in new tab) were able to confirm that the latest Steam update does let you use your Switch Online NES, SNES, N64, and Sega Genesis controllers to play Steam games now, just in case you want to play your favorite retro games with period accurate hardware.

You may now play Doom 64 on a PC in the only legitimate manner. Your Steam games will now support those adorable old Switch controllers that you can only receive if you are a Switch Online subscriber thanks to a recent update. The most recent patch notes from Valve(opens in new tab) covertly state that Steam now “adds support for Nintendo Online classic controllers.” You’re familiar with them; they’re identical copies of the controllers from the NES, SNES, N64, and Sega Genesis. As previously said, you can only purchase them if you have a current Nintendo Switch Online subscription. The final two, however, are officially unavailable because they are all sold out.

Highlights

  • If you’re playing more modern games on PC and you want to use your PS5 controller, here’s how to connect your DualSense to PC via wired or Bluetooth. After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar’s west coast Staff Writer, I’m responsible for managing the site’s western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I’m too afraid to finish.

  • There are a bunch of games that were originally released on those older Nintendo platforms and which are now on Steam, so this gives you a way to play them with the same controllers you used as a kid. Indeed, there’s just something about those old gray gamepads that can’t be replaced by modern controllers or mouse-and-keyboard setups, and now PC players don’t have to try.

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