May 22, 2018

Steam Controller gets Bluetooth support for Steam Link mobile gaming

14 May 2018, 10:30 | Casey Mitchell

Valve switches on Steam Controller's mobile connection in beta

Steam Link Steam Controller Bluetooth

Yeah, you didn't know it had it right?

To get the Bluetooth feature, you'll have to opt into the latest Steam Client Beta and choose to "update firmware now", as you can see in the image above. 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.

The Steam Link app, which will be launched in the week of 21 May, 2018, will allow gamers to experience their entire library of Steam games on their Android devices (phone, tablet, TV) and iOS-based devices (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV). Valve has now activated the Bluetooth functionality in their controllers, here's how you can use Bluetooth on Steam Controller. The controller will stay in the last mode it was used in until it's switched.

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When is it a good idea to use Bluetooth?

Currently, the Steam Controller requires pairing with a proprietary USB dongle, created to reduce latency, in order to connect and play.

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Just a small note, the firmware update will clear all your current pairings, so you are required to reconnect the Wireless Receiver to your controller once the update is done.

Otherwise we suggesting sticking with the original protocol. To switch between the wireless modes, you power up while holding down "A" for the original wireless mode. It is recommended that you use the BLE connection in the scenarios listed below, and stick to the original protocol otherwise as it was created to provide the best experience for a Steam Controller. If you have successfully paired to your Wireless Receiver and connected to your device over BLE, your Steam Controller is capable of switching between these modes.

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