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IOS 13: How to connect a PlayStation controller or Xbox to your iPhone and iPad

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Published on Sep 03, 2019

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iOS 13: How to connect a PlayStation controller or Xbox to your iPhone and iPad

The App Store has many games for our iPhone and iPad, and with the new subscription service Apple Arcade, we have access to more than a hundred of titles on the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and even on the Mac. However, the touch controls are not the best to play at, especially for iPhone owners to “normal” and not Plus or Max.

With iOS 13, and iPadOS 13, we can plug in our iPhone and iPad to the controller of the game console, such as the DualShock controller for the PlayStation 4 and the wireless controller in the Xbox. Here's how.

Apple has supported a series of game controllers owners on iOS for a while. It is game controller products within the scope of the program Made-for-iPhone as the game controller the SteelSeries Nimbus.

The games in the App Store, you have to support explicitly the controller of the game, then do not work with all titles. Given that the game controller MFI are in circulation for some years, there are many compatible games, including Fortnite, Crossy Road, Real Racing and many others.

Most of the games Apple Arcade support game controllers. Thanks to iOS 13, the controller, Xbox and PlayStation can be used with all the same games that support controllers MFI.

How to pair a PlayStation controller to the iPhone and iPad:

Once finished playing, we can disconnect the controller hold the PS button and the OPTIONS button. Alternatively, go back to Settings and disconnettiamo the controller by pressing the button (s) in the list of Bluetooth devices.

We can also follow the same instructions to connect the controller to the Apple TV. Just refresh the Apple TV tvOS 13 and then go to Settings -> Remotes and devices -> Bluetooth. Follow the steps as above.

How to match a controller to the Xbox One for iPhone and iPad:

Xbox controllers and PlayStation are also compatible with Macs with macOS Catalina. To connect the controller to your Mac, open System Preferences and open the Bluetooth menu. Follow the previous steps and press to pair and connect the controller.

Once connected, the supported games will automatically detect the controller the PlayStation and Xbox. There is no configuration required. Some games might allow us to remap the buttons according to our preferences, so be sure to check the settings in the app to see if we can customize the associations of the buttons. These settings only apply based on the individual game.

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