iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV Gaining Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Controller Support

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Apple today at WWDC 2019 announced that the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV are gaining Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 DualShock controller support for games in iOS 13, iPadOS, and tvOS 13 respectively.


This much-welcomed news provides iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV gamers with additional options beyond MFi-certified controllers like the SteelSeries Nimbus and the Siri Remote for the Apple TV.

iOS 13, iPadOS, and tvOS 13 will be publicly released in the fall.

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Pezboy

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If they add this support too iPhone and iPad this will be the best news from WWDC
 
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Regbial

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Must be strange, collaborating with your competitors in this way... anyway, I welcome it. Still a bit bizarre though.
 

Smeaton1724

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Wait, there is a remote play app on the ATV for PlayStation gamers?
Not currently on tvOS. The Remote Play app is on the iPad/iPhone. I was adding to my previous comment stating it would be good for Dual Shock and Xbox controller support to also be on iOS/PadOS as well as tvOS.
 

techfreak23

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Why are they only naming the Xbox One S...? Wouldn’t that just be ALL Xbox One controllers? They do know the Xbox One X is the latest Xbox out right now right? That would suck if my Elite Controller wasn’t supported with this for whatever stupid reason...
 

Icaras

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What about the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller? They might as well support controllers from all 3 console makers.
Totally. iOS and iPad support needs to come!

I have the Nimbus as well and it’s a great controller but would love to consolidate and replace with my Xbox One S controller. Then I can properly play Resident Evil 2 on my Apple TV via Steamboat Link!
 

audiophilosophy

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When Apple announced the Apple TV 4 a few years back, I couldn’t believe how they fumbled the ball with gaming. They had no controller and the app size limit was 200mb, basically rendering the device as DOA for gaming— which was really disappointing considering the decent processing power. Apple should have made their own controller to sell as an accessory to the Apple TV.
 
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outphase

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Why are they only naming the Xbox One S...? Wouldn’t that just be ALL Xbox One controllers? They do know the Xbox One X is the latest Xbox out right now right? That would suck if my Elite Controller wasn’t supported with this for whatever stupid reason...
They’re probably specifically naming the S controllers because original Xbox One controllers didn’t use Bluetooth until the Xbox One S came out. I don’t believe that the Elite controller uses Bluetooth.
 

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Why are they only naming the Xbox One S...? Wouldn’t that just be ALL Xbox One controllers? They do know the Xbox One X is the latest Xbox out right now right? That would suck if my Elite Controller wasn’t supported with this for whatever stupid reason...
Do you know that the Xbox One S was the first Microsoft console to use Bluetooth? Your elite controller doesn't, and it won't be supported. This isn't Apple's stupid reason.
 

techfreak23

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Do you know that the Xbox One S was the first Microsoft console to use Bluetooth? Your elite controller doesn't, and it won't be supported. This isn't Apple's stupid reason.
Do you know that the Xbox One S was the first Microsoft console to use Bluetooth? Your elite controller doesn't, and it won't be supported. This isn't Apple's stupid reason.
Thanks for that bit. I was not aware of that. I didn't even know they added Bluetooth support to the Xbox. Must only be for controllers and supported headsets.
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They’re probably specifically naming the S controllers because original Xbox One controllers didn’t use Bluetooth until the Xbox One S came out. I don’t believe that the Elite controller uses Bluetooth.
Thanks for that. Wasn't aware of that. Here's to hoping they come out with that second gen Elite controller with Bluetooth support... lol
 

Ap0ks

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Gamers, which one is better?
I want to buy one.
Best bet is to try them out in a store. Both controllers are perfectly adequate for the job but personal preference on the feel (shape/comfort, stick position, trigger feel, d-pad, weight, etc) will be the key differentiator for most.

I think the only other difference would be power, the DS4 uses an internal battery that charges via USB cable whilst the Xbox controller uses 2x AA batteries (you can get a rechargeable pack and charge via cable instead)
 
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