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Play games on your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV using Xbox and PS4 wireless controllers



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Apple has added support for both the Xbox and PlayStation 4 wireless controllers to iOS 13, iPadOS 13 and tvOS 13.


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00 Games to Play on Your iPhone ($ 699 on Amazon) iPad ($ 353 on Amazon) and Apple TV ($ 169 at Walmart) . But touching and sliding on a glass display isn't always the most satisfying way to play games like Shinsekai Into the Depths or Sneaky Sasquatch – using a wireless controller is a million times better. Fortunately, iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and TVOS 13, add support for Sony's DualShock 4 and Xbox One S ($ 248 on Amazon) wireless controllers, which means that

Apple made the process of connecting a controller to an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV simple and easy. PS4 and Xbox One controllers should work with most games. There is no word on whether Apple will bring support for the Nintendo Switch ($ 299 on Amazon) Pro wireless controller, as it was for PS4 and Xbox One controllers.

One interesting detail is that you can connect multiple wireless controllers to one device. I was able to connect both the Xbox One S controller and the PS4 one to my iPhone at the same time. However, games that benefit from local multi-player gameplay are scarce.

Watch our video below to follow step by step pairing and tuning of an Xbox One or PS4 controller to your iPhone, iPad or AppleTV. 19659008] Connect a PS4 controller to your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV

Let's start with the PS4 controllers. The first thing you want to do is make sure your controller is loaded. Then on iPhone, iPod Touch ($ 219 at Walmart) or iPad go to Settings then Bluetooth . On AppleTV, go to Settings > Remote Controls and Devices > Bluetooth .

After holding the PlayStation button and pressing the share button at the same time on your controller. You will see DualShock 4 Wireless Controller in your Bluetooth list. Just click on it to connect. Once connected, the PS4 controller will turn pink.

If you do not see the controller appear, make sure you are out of range of your PS4.

Xbox One S and newer controllers work with your iPhone

Now let's pair the Xbox One controller. That's where things come from, to quote Gollum from Lord Of The Rings, "Tricksy." Not all Xbox One controllers will work with your iPhone, iPad or AppleTV. In particular, you need a model 1708 controller, also known as the one that comes with the Xbox One S. The newer Xbox One and One X controllers, as well as the new Elite Series 2 controller, should also work.

To check which model you have, open the battery compartment of your controller and remove the batteries. On the label inside you will see the model number just below Redmond, Washington. If you are having trouble seeing the small number, use your phone's camera and flash to take a picture and zoom in after the fact.

To pair your Xbox 1708 controller, open the Bluetooth settings of your Apple device. Then turn on the controller by pressing the Xbox logo button, then press the Connect button at the top / front of the controller. You will quickly see the Xbox logo flashing indicating that it is in pairing mode.

Check the Bluetooth list of your Apple device and press Xbox Wireless Controller to pair and connect. The controller should automatically be listed under devices that are already paired with your device. Sometimes when we tried it, a window would pop up asking me if I wanted to pair the controller. If this happens, touch Pair .

Apple support for PS4 and Xbox controllers is a smart move. Now let's hope it also adds the same support to the Mac sooner rather than later.

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