An upcoming update for Apple iPhones and iPads will introduce support for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S controllers through the iOS 14.5 update, currently aimed at beta testers.
The possibility of being able to use the new controllers from Sony and Microsoft on other platforms has gradually increased since the companies launched their new consoles on the market last November.
Earlier this month, Valve expanded support for the Xbox Series X/S controller on Steam, adding compatibility for the share button of the new gamepad, and allowing you to connect multiple controllers simultaneously.
Both the PlayStation 5 DualSense and the Xbox Series X/S controller are not officially supported by the Apple operating system, so this update to iOS 14.5 is particularly awaited by anyone who wants to use the new controllers on iPhone and iPad devices.
In the past, rumors had spread that Apple was working on developing its own gamepad, but no official announcements have been made since the news broke mid-last year. The release of an Apple controller would make easier or faster compatibility for games on the company’s devices possible – however, we currently have no official news, so using third-party controllers remains the best solution.
Although the use of gamepads on the iPad and iPhone is not yet extremely widespread, it is the best way to enjoy most of the games in the Apple Arcade catalog.
Apple adds that support for the two controllers will officially arrive for everyone in the shortest possible time. Hopefully, support for the two controllers will go beyond basic functionality as well, and will allow you to make the most of the unique features of both controllers.