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  • Steam Adds Support For The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

    Phoronix: Steam Adds Support For The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

    If you happen to have a Switch Pro controller for Nintendo's Switch gaming system, it's now natively supported by Steam...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...Pro-Controller

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    This is very nice! (I have two) And unexpected (by me).

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    • #3
      How does it works, though? Is it an USB controller? A kernel driver? A bluetooth controllet? Is the driver entirely self-contained in Steam?

      $60 seems quite expensive for a controller that seems pretty basic at first glance. Is there anything special about it? (except that it works with the switch)

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      • #4
        Any news on that kernel driver for the Steam Controller? Has it been merged yet?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
          How does it works, though? Is it an USB controller? A kernel driver? A bluetooth controllet? Is the driver entirely self-contained in Steam?

          $60 seems quite expensive for a controller that seems pretty basic at first glance. Is there anything special about it? (except that it works with the switch)
          Most likely a user-space driver written within Steam similar to how Valve does the Steam Controller support.
          Michael Larabel
          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
            How does it works, though? Is it an USB controller? A kernel driver? A bluetooth controllet? Is the driver entirely self-contained in Steam?

            $60 seems quite expensive for a controller that seems pretty basic at first glance. Is there anything special about it? (except that it works with the switch)
            Not sure if Steam takes advantage but it does have very precise motion tracking (much more precise than DS4 or Xbox, similar to the steam controller) and also more precise vibration motors. These things justify the price for use with a Switch, but if Steam or more importantly the games themselves don't make use of them then it's probably not worth it unless you already have one for your Switch.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
              How does it works, though? Is it an USB controller? A kernel driver? A bluetooth controllet? Is the driver entirely self-contained in Steam?

              $60 seems quite expensive for a controller that seems pretty basic at first glance. Is there anything special about it? (except that it works with the switch)
              Well, it has a d-pad that doesn't suck. Nintendo holds the patent to their d-pad design, if I'm not mistaken, resulting in all non-nintendo gamepads having (IMO) horrible PoS d-pads. However, if that patent has expired by now, then I have no idea why non-nintendo gamepads still have horrible PoS d-pads.

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              • #8


                Any by PC I mean Linux of course.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Doodzor View Post

                  Not sure if Steam takes advantage but it does have very precise motion tracking (much more precise than DS4 or Xbox, similar to the steam controller) and also more precise vibration motors. These things justify the price for use with a Switch, but if Steam or more importantly the games themselves don't make use of them then it's probably not worth it unless you already have one for your Switch.
                  I don't know about the others, but the DS4 is accurate enough for a pointer (you can use it for the on-screen keyboard). How precise are the Steam and Switch controllers?

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                  • #10
                    Well good news.

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