Apple Adds Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Controller to its Online Store

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Apple has added the Xbox Wireless Controller to Apple.com, although the accessory is currently unavailable to purchase at the time of writing. Apple sells a few different gaming controllers on its website to connect to iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS devices, but as of yet the company has never directly sold Microsoft or Sony's own gaming controllers.


Now that players can connect the Xbox Wireless Controller to their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV to play games on Apple devices, it appears that Apple has worked out a deal with Microsoft to sell its controller on the Apple store. As of now, Sony's DualShock 4 has not appeared on Apple.com.

It's not just a controller. It's your enemy-slaying sword, your pitcher's golden arm, your salvation from lava. Play Apple Arcade games with your favorite controller. Here's how to pair an Xbox Wireless Controller with your Apple TV, iPad, or iPhone: https://t.co/RkPSovE7uq pic.twitter.com/LvDNOeaxNX - Apple Support (@AppleSupport) October 5, 2019
Thanks to apps like Sony's PS4 Remote Play, even more gaming options have opened up for iPhone users, who can use the app to remotely control and play compatible games from their PS4 on their iPhone or iPad. Microsoft is planning to launch a streaming app of its own to allow mobile users to connect to their Xbox One consoles.

As a note, these controllers are typically cheaper than the traditional $60 price tags. Right now, you can get the Xbox Wireless Controller for $43.99 at Best Buy or $49.99 at Target.

Update 9:40 a.m.: Apple's online store is now allowing customers to order the controller, with delivery and in-store pickup options available.

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ArtOfWarfare

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Yeah considering Apple has no need to sell a Surface, Zune or any other hardware. Just Office and now this controller.
What about Microsoft's keyboards and mice? I seem to recall some of those being quite popular a decade ago.
 

Saipher

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I recently switched from XBox to PS and the one thing I really miss is the controller. The DualShock is OK but I prefer the XBOX controller. The layout makes more sense to me. That said, I hope DualShock gets support as well since I have two of those and no XB controllers.
I believe iOS 13 and tvOS already supports DualShock. Not sure if it will be sold at Apple Stores alongside the Xbox controller.
 

kemal

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What kills me is with my Windows workstation, I have to use a USB cable. And the lag is so bad, it is useless. I am not the only one experiencing this.

I really have to wonder which video card Apple has that they expect mainstream users to use for gaming? A Vega Pro 48 with 27" iMac is $2750!
 

edgonzalez32

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What kills me is with my Windows workstation, I have to use a USB cable. And the lag is so bad, it is useless. I am not the only one experiencing this.

I really have to wonder which video card Apple has that they expect mainstream users to use for gaming? A Vega Pro 48 with 27" iMac is $2750!
I'm thinking this is definitely aimed at people who are using Apple Arcade.

Also can you expand on the lag a bit more? First I'm reading about this.