Apple Devices to Soon Get Microsoft' Xbox Series X Controller Support

Ruben Fields
November 24, 2020

The support for the controller will arrive via an over-the-air (OTA) update, although, Apple is yet to share more details over its availability.

Apple is working with Microsoft to bring support for the Xbox Series X controller to Apple devices, says an Apple Support page.

Adding a physical controller makes playing a more accurate experience.

Apple and Microsoft are working together to make the new Xbox Series X and Series S controllers work on iPhones and iPads.

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MacRumors reports that both Apple and Microsoft are now working on bringing support for the gamepad to Apple devices.

Earlier, Apple and Microsoft have worked on support for the Xbox Elite 2 controller and the Xbox Adaptive Controller to iOS 14.

Apple is also expected to launch support for Sony's PlayStation 5's Dualsense controller as well. In fact, there have been some evidence spotted in the latest iOS 14.3 beta that there could also be support for the Sony DualSense controller for the PS5 in the works, so it is possible that it could debut with iOS 14.3, whenever that is released.

This means Apple is basically planning to do all of the heavy lifting for game developers, making it far easier for them to support these more advanced controllers without having to code all of the support in themselves. Notably, YouTuber Austin Evans had confirmed last month that the new PS 5 DualSense controller works with Android smartphones as well as Windows PCs like Surface Laptop G. For example, rather than trying to issue the specific commands to make a controller vibrate, the game could simply tell iOS to do so, and the new Core Haptic API would take care of it.

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