At this point, you can’t use the controllers for your Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S consoles with your iPhone or Mac, but Apple has officially said support is on the way.
That’s good news if you want to use your new controllers to game on an iPhone 12 or an iPad Air 4. Right now, you can connect both Xbox One and PS4 gamepads to Apple hardware via the magic of Bluetooth.
As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has updated a support page to reassure users that the controllers included with the next generation of Microsoft consoles will soon work with all kinds of Apple hardware.
“Microsoft and Apple are teaming up to provide customers with Xbox Series X controller compatibility in a future update,” reads the document. As you’ll notice, Apple isn’t sticking to a timetable, but compatibility is in the works.
Support for the PS5 DualSense controller has not yet been reported, although the latest iOS 14.3 beta has some clues suggesting Apple is working on this as well – in fact, it may even arrive before the equivalent Xbox functionality.
It makes sense, of course, for Apple to add support for these new controllers as it is busy pushing its Apple Arcade service. With the gaming subscription you can play a wealth of titles on iPhones, iPads, Macs and the Apple TV.
It doesn’t matter which device you use, gaming is much easier when it comes to a gamepad. There are already a number of third-party controllers available that work with Apple hardware, and of course you can use the controllers from older Sony and Microsoft consoles too.
We will be monitoring the development situation and will let you know as soon as support for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PlayStation 5 is added to Apple devices, likely through a series of software updates.