iOS 14 Supports Keyboard and Mouse Gaming, Brings Button-Mapping to Controllers

A player using a DualShock 4 controller with the iPad Pro.

Tired of the clunky controls of Minecraft on iPad? In a new wave WWDC sessions, Apple announced that it is expanding Play center, improving gamepad supportand activation of keyboard and mouse commands on iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and tvOS 14.

That’s right, Apple sells a IPad keyboard for $ 300 but still does not support keyboard and mouse games. Not all games requires keyboard and mouse support, but popular titles like Civilization, Fortnite and Minecraft are easier when you have a mouse and keyboard handy.

What is that? Prefer to play these games with a controller? Well, you’re in luck: Apple is adding zone-based rumble support to wireless gamepads, so your Xbox controller will feel more like the wheel of a car or the handle of a handgun. recoil. The company also adds button mapping to all controllers, with the ability to map buttons globally or for specific applications and games.

The 2020 operating system update brings Xbox Elite Series 2 controller support to Apple products, as well as developer support for the DualShock 4 lightbar and touchpad. Specified if the DualShock 4 touchpad works like a mouse or a “pointing device” outside of games.

A screenshot of multiplayer games on the iPhone.

With all of its controller enhancements, Apple is Game Center refresh with cool new design, detailed player profiles, cleaner rankings and extended multiplayer functionality. It sounds like a design update, but behind the scenes, Apple makes it easy for developers to add achievements, multiplayer support, and other social quirks to games.

But at the end of the day, better controller support is worthless if the developers don’t update their games. Older iOS versions, like Final Fantasy games, are already known for their lack of support for modern controllers on the iPhone and iPad. Apple must find a way to pressure developers to update older games or notify customers when support for a game controller is out of date.

The iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and tvOS 14 updates are coming this fall, so it’s time to start saving for an iPad keyboard. Most iPhones and iPads are eligible for updates, although some older devices will be left behind.

Source: Apple via MacRumors

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