Valve have activated Bluetooth on the Steam Controller. Here’s how to turn it on. | PCGamesN

Valve have activated Bluetooth on the Steam Controller. Here’s how to turn it on.

Steam Controller using Bluetooth

The latest Steam client beta allows players to activate the Bluetooth Low Energy functionality in Steam Controllers, setting them up to be able to pair their controllers with mobile devices when the Steam Link app goes live.

The Steam Link app launches next week, but if you've opted in to beta versions of the Steam client, you can download the latest version, connect your Steam Controller, and select “update firmware now” the dialog box appears. That will update your Steam Controller and allow you to start using Bluetooth right away.

Steam warn that this will reset all the controller’s pairing settings, so you’ll have to link it back up with your wireless receiver once you’re done.

With the updated firmware, you can swap between wireless and BLE modes. Press A + the Steam button to use the original wireless mode (which Valve recommend in most cases, as it’s the faster protocol), and press B + the Steam button to switch to Bluetooth. The controller will stay in the last mode it was used in until it’s switched.

When the Steam Link app launches next week, you’ll be ready to pair your controller up to your phone or tablet and start streaming your Steam library to the small screen.

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QDP2 Avatar
2 Weeks ago

I'll definitely be giving this a go. It'll be interesting to see what support Valve put into the Steam controller's Android support. Hopes are they'll put some work into the software so you can use the Link app to create and run other mobile apps with their own profiles, to make the controller usable both for Steam and Android games.

On a side-note, what games does everyone else think would work well on a mobile? Even phablets are limited to around 6" screens, so my first instinct of the turn-based 'Civilization' (that series being what made the TVs Steam Link worthwhile for me) seems problematic with the small UI. A simple platformer like FEZ could work. With typing being a second nature once you've gotten used to the Steam controller 'Her Story' could work well.

If history says anything, time sensitive games won't be very satisfying with the input lag. Games without a deep sense of urgency could leave a satisfying experience (Talos Principle, Portal, the Qube series, hell is anyone down for an Oddworld playthrough?) but I'd argue many of these could be appreciated better on a larger screen.

Input lag can be reduced. When the App arrives I'll be setting up windows to become the WiFi hotspot I connect to. Drop the internet connection but for the few titles I lose it'll reduce the WiFi bandwidth limit, without consuming the whole buildings bandwidth. Maybe then some reaction-based titles could work (really hoping I can get the Dark Souls series smooth on the stream).

*sigh* Avatar
2 Weeks ago

Ive gtad vc and sa with a cheap china controller that already does this. VC is a pain in the arse. But SA was flawless. Not bad for a $9 controller.

Braneman Avatar
2 Weeks ago

Does this mean I'll still need the dongle on PC? because all I want from it right now is to be able to connect it via Bluetooth.

Ian Boudreau Avatar
1 Week ago

If you use the Bluetooth protocol, you won't need the dongle - Valve recommend using the Wifi protocol with the receiver, but they say that if you're using a PC without a free USB port, Bluetooth will work.

SkankwOn Avatar
1 Week ago

I've had a Steam Controller since the first wave (2 now) and I still only use them sporadically.

Now with the Steam Link app coming to Smart TVs I think they'll be getting some more attention. I do have the hardware Link but I want to see how it shapes up against the app.