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.