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How to Pair a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to the Steam Deck

Pairing a Pro Controller to your Steam Deck couldn’t be easier.

First, navigate to settings and make sure Bluetooth is turned on.

Hold down the Switch Pro Controller’s pairing button (located on the front next to the USB-C charging port)

Select “Pro Controller” from the list of available devices and press A to pair the Pro Controller.

If it doesn’t show up, you may need to select “Show all devices”

The Steam Deck offers a lot of support for external controllers, including helpful guides when you launch a game of what might be different between the new controller and the standard Steam Deck Controls.

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Screenshot of launching harvestella with a pro controller

screenshot of external controller translation on game launch on the steam deck

I decided to hook up my Pro Controller to play Harvestella, so the A and B buttons were now where I expected them to be, but in combat the X and Y no longer matched….

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