During the huge collection of software announcements that took place during WWDC’s opening keynote yesterday, Apple took the somewhat unexpected step of announcing that the iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV are all gaining support for the Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 DualShock controller.
This support will be added when iOS 13, tvOS 13, and iPadOS 13 arrive later this year with developer versions of those updates now available for download.
Apple’s devices have supported Bluetooth game controllers for years, with MFi-certified controllers already available from a few companies including the popular SteelSeries. The additional support for these two super-popular controllers will be very well received despite that fact, likely because many people likely already have at least one of them in their homes.
Most likely to benefit from this update is the Apple TV, a device that Apple has tried to turn into a gaming console of sorts ever since it received its own App Store. With Apple Arcade coming later this year, the paid-for game subscription service will no doubt prove more popular if gamers don’t have to pick up a new controller or resort to using the abysmal Siri Remote to play their games.
While tvOS 13, iOS 13, and iPadOS 13 are now available in their initial developer beta form, a public beta test is expected to kick off next month. We know we can’t wait to take Oceanhorn for a spin with our trusty PS4 controller, that’s for sure.
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