Can a PS3 or WiiU Pro controller be paired with ATV4

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  1. ajiuo macrumors 65816

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    Has anyone tried? I'm going to sideload provenance and love these two controllers.
     
  2. EnDumEn macrumors newbie

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    I tried with a dualshock3. Doesn't work otb, but i hope someone more clever than me can figure out a way to make it work. :)
     
  3. jmantn macrumors 6502

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    From what I gather it's a licensing issue where one company wants $$$ to allow support. I assume as much as there's jailbreaks to allow a PS3/PS4 controller to work with iOS devices.

    Either Companies want a lot of money to allow controller support or Apple is pushing MFI devices for hardware companies which I highly doubt is the case considering Sony if they wanted could make an MFI controller so it comes back to fees. Apple charges all companies an MFI certification fee (Which couldn't be too much considering all the controller vendors, cable vendors, ETC that are on board) so again I think it falls back to Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo.

    It does suck. My dual shock 4's are worn out on the rubber pads and I'd buy two replacement controllers if they'd be compatible with both systems instead I got a nimbus controller and gluing my pads together on the dual shock.
     
  4. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    Short of someone finding a jailbreak for the Apple TV, which is likely at some point. Whether or not people want to do that is a personal choice.

    But anyway, without a jailbreak, only mfi certified gaming controllers will work. Apple have pretty tightly got the Bluetooth tied down for now which is why Bluetooth keyboards don't work either.
     
  5. dom_a2345 macrumors newbie

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    the old duel shock worked natively with a mac computer but needed some setting up, found these instructions for mac might be worth trying with a usb c on atv4 and seeing if you can set it up via bluetooth when connected. Once these instructions (for mac osx) were completed you could use it wirelessly. I seem to remember the controller number lights didn't work though. Might be worth a try if anyone on has a usb c lying around (not likley!!!!!)

    1. Use a Micro-USB cable to connect the PS4 controller to your Mac.
    2. Press the PlayStation button in the middle of the gamepad (to turn it on).
    3. Choose Apple > About this Mac.
    4. Click System Report.
    5. Choose USB.
    6. Look for Wireless Controller under USB
     
  6. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    I don't suppose it would hurt to try, but I still suspect it won't work. The difference is the Mac is pretty much open to any Bluetooth device connecting. Whereas on the Apple TV, they have locked out anything that's not an approved device at a software (I'm assuming not hardware) level.
     
  7. ke-iron macrumors 65816

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    I guess we'd have to wait for Logitech to put out something good
     
  8. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    There are already good pads available, I certainly wouldn't rely on Logitech if their first attempt at an MFI controller was anything to go by, it was terrible.

    The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i is a good pad, very close to the Xbox 360 pad in feel and use. The Steelseries Stratus XL is also a very good pad and by all account the new Nimbus is looking like it may be the best of the bunch for now.

    There's plenty of options out there. Keep an eye on this site to stay up to date on the controllers and compatible games.
     
  9. youslippin macrumors member

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    steel series nimbus controller SUCKS! the buttons are too stiff and you have to press them hard for them to register. don't get me started on that dpad. real hard to use the dpad on games like super mario for NES.
     
  10. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    That's that off my shopping list then.
     

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