iOS 14 to Support for Xbox Elite Controller Series 2

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Its June, which means two things: E3 and Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and social distancing rules in effect, this year’s E3 has been canceled and Apple’s WWDC was a virtual only event. As we normally see, Apple released a slew of information pertaining to the latest Apple mobile device operating system, iOS 14.

There was mostly minor upgrades for gamers mostly done to the Apple Arcade mostly in terms of game discovery. iOS 14 will show you what games are popular with your Game Center friends as well as new ways to filter games in the App Store and in the Apple Arcade. There was mention of some enhancements to achievements as well as the Game Center in-game dashboard that will enhance the way you join friends in games. Hopefully this iOS update will light some fire under Game Center.

In other gaming news, Apple announced that it will be increasing their supported list of game controllers including the Xbox’s Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Adaptive Controller. They also mentioned PlayStation controllers as well but no models were listed.

We’ve been running iOS 14 beta 1 since the announcement and it’s quite smooth. Today, we gave the new controller support a go and connect a Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 with no issues. Placed the controller into Bluetooth pairing mode and opened up the Bluetooth settings on an iPhone 11 Pro Max and boom, we were running around various games using the Elite Wireless Series 2. This should open up a whole new realm of gaming possibilities for those that do not like on screen controls.

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Kevin May (TheCleverPotato)

This implies there are games worth playing on iPhone/iPad…..

Name one…

And ALL are games that are both available and better on Xbox/PC/PS4

No. But I also wouldn’t play an iPad at the beach…

Actually, what surprises me most is that Apple even did this compatibility thing… Why not just come out with their own controller and charge double what Microsoft charges for the Elite? I mean.. They charge double for everything else that is already available elsewhere.

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