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Which controllers can you use with Steam Link?

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

Steam Link Anywhere is an app developed by Valve that lets you stream your Steam library from your computer to another device. It is the evolution of the Steam Link machine, a box that lets you do pretty much the same thing.

This app lets you play with your whole steam library on smartphones, both iOS and Android, tablets that use the aforementioned operating systems, Samsung Smart TV´s, other PCs, and the Raspberry Pi computers.

So, you make sure your internet connection can handle the stream and install the app on your phone. You boot it up, play for five minutes, and immediately stop. The game is horrible to control, smartphones weren´t made to be gamepads, who knew?

This begs the question...

Which controllers you can use when playing with Steam Link Anywhere on other devices?

The good news is that if you are using the app on your smartphone or tablet, you can play with the Steam Link using a wide array of compatible gamepads. The Dualshock 4, Pro Controller, and pretty much any Bluetooth controller can be paired up with your phone and be used to play Steam Link.

To find how to connect these controllers, check out our guide over here.

Now, the question is a bit more complex on other devices. For example, the line of Samsung Smart TVs are only compatible with the Steam controller, the Xbox 360 controller, the Xbox One wired controller, and Logitech´s F510 and F710 gamepads.

If you are using Steam Link to stream your games to other computers then you can play with pretty much every controller that´s compatible with Windows (or mac). To play with them, just connect them as you would do normally and enjoy the game.

If you are using a Raspberry pi, however, the selection is more limited. For the portable home computer, the list of supported controllers is as follows:

  • The Steam Controller

  • The Xbox One wired controller

  • The Xbox 360 controller

  • The Dualshock 4

  • A (wired) Pro Controller

  • Razer Raiju

  • Razer Sabertooth

  • Razer Serval

  • Razer Wildcat

  • SteelSeries Stratus Duo

And that´s pretty much the list of compatible controllers that you can use with the Steam Link´s supported devices. But what if you have the physical Steam Link box?

Which controllers are compatible with the physical version of Steam Link?

If you already purchased a Steam Link box before it got discountinued, then your options are slightly different. The officially supported controllers are the same as the ones that work for the Raspberry Pi, but you can add the Logitech Wireless Gamepad F310, F510, and F710 to the list.

Those are the "officially" supported controllers, but the list of compatible gamepads is actually a tad bigger. By jumping some hurdles, depending on what you want to use, the list expands quite a bit. You can check it out on this page over here, it also has small instructions on how to connect each gamepad.

As you can see, the most common way to make a controller work is by simply plugging it into the USB port. There aren´t many gamepads that will not work so long as they are plugged in, so you can try doing that if your gamepad is not on the list. With the right workaround, even the Elite controllers will work on your PC.

And that's it. Hopefully, you found a gamepad that connects to your Steam Link. It shouldn't be hard to find a way to play, as the main gamepads: the Dualshock, Pro Controller, and Xbox controllers are supported for most devices that use Steam Link.

If you need help setting up Steam Link to your phone, check out our guide here!


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