It is not only possible to connect via Bluetooth or USB Pair the PlayStation 4 controller with the Apple Mac, this is also possible with the controllers of the Nintendo Switch. This gives you, as Nintendo fans, the opportunity to control games under macOS via gamepad - including in Steam. In the following I will show you how this works and how you set up the Pro Controller or the Joy-Con control units, for example in Steam / assign a layout.
Among other things, you can connect the Pro Controller of the Nintendo Switch to the Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook via Bluetooth. To do this, Bluetooth should of course be activated on the computer. To ensure this, you can use the apple in the menu bar and then over System Settings -> Bluetooth activate the corresponding interface. Or you click directly in the menu bar on the Bluetooth symbol (if available) and then on "Activate Bluetooth". You will find the Pro Controller in the overview of the coupled and available devices.
Use Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with macOS
In addition to the Pro Controller, which you have to buy separately, the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons can also be used for games under macOS. However, they are not recognized together as a control unit, but individually as "Joy-Con (L)" and "Joy-Con (R)". This means that you only have half as many buttons and sticks available when you use them. Depending on the game, this can be okay, a hindrance or impossible for the controls. The connection via Bluetooth with the MacBook, iMac or Mac works under macOS as described above.
Problem: Controller is not recognized
If a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con or the professional control unit is not recognized directly as a radio device and wireless gamepad, then there is a trick. The solution to the problem is a small, inconspicuous button that is common to each of the three gamepads. Switches on the Apple computer the bluetooth and keep these buttons pressed - then the connection works;)
Set up gamepad layout on Steam
There are numerous games for Apple macOS, including on the “Steam” platform. There you can also set up a controller or a gamepad to use it in compatible games. Depending on the language setting, you proceed as follows:
In the window that opens, you can select your gamepad at the bottom left and then assign the layout in the corresponding menu, i.e. equip the individual buttons and joysticks with commands, functions and control options. Many jump `n run games, shooters and arcade games can be operated better with a real gaming control unit than with a mouse and keyboard. Have lots of fun with it!
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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