PS4 and Xbox One S controllers is compatible with tvOS/iOS 13, the end of MFi controllers?

ByJordan Hobbs 2019-06-04 323

The players have been heard. At WWDC 2019, Tim Cook announced that Apple TV on tvOS 13 will be compatible with the DualShock 4 and Xbox One S controller, which are widely used and better than any MFi model. Apple does not take this step by chance, it will happen at the same time as the launch of Apple Arcade this fall.

Compatibility will not be limited to Apple TV. The DualShock 4 and Xbox One S controller will also be supported by iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, as confirmed by the list of new features in these systems. Android has already been managing them natively for some time.

This opening may mark the end of the MFi controllers, which have never shone in number or quality. Apple has its share of responsibility: third-party manufacturers have never been able to offer controllers as complete as the PlayStation or Xbox without managing all the classic buttons.

Unlike Google, which has designed its own controller to accompany its future Stadia service, Apple has chosen to rely on accessories already widely available in homes. This strategy is part of the opening of hardware compatibility (AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are no longer reserved for Apple TV, they are now integrated into TV sets) for the benefit of services.

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