One of the lesser known features added to iOS 13, iPadOS 13, MacOS Catalina, and tv 13 updates was the ability to connect Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers to your Apple devices. In the video above, I show you how to combine these controllers with an iPad to play games like Fortnite and Minecraft.
Which controllers are supported
Not all Xbox and PlayStation controllers are supported, so make sure you have the right type. According to Apple, these three gamepads are supported:
- Xbox Wireless Controller via Bluetooth (Model 1708)
- PlayStation DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless controller
- MFi (Made for iOS) Bluetooth controllers
Connecting the PS4 controller
To pair your PS4 wireless controller, simply press the Share and PS buttons at the same time until the controller light starts to dim. Navigate to the Bluetooth settings on your Apple device and the "Wireless Controller" should appear on the device list.
To connect the Xbox controller
Connecting the Xbox Wireless controller is the same. Turn on the controller and hold the pairing button until the Xbox icon arrives. You will see the controller appears in the device list under Bluetooth settings on your Apple device.
Not all games support gamepads
Remember that not all games support controllers. The App Store's list of multiplayer games doesn't always make it clear that gamepads are supported by anything, so it's always best to check the game's website for confirmation.