Apple TV Support For Xbox One and DualShock 4 Controllers is Coming

Apple TV Support For Xbox One and DualShock 4 Controllers is Coming

A more familiar gaming experience is on its way.

Apple is looking to add a few controllers to its stable of supported Apple TV peripherals soon. At the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote today, CEO Tim Cook announced that support for the Xbox One and DualShock 4 controllers would be coming in an update to tvOS.

Cook didn't elaborate on timing for the update, but it comes in wake of this fall's Apple Arcade, a subscription service for gaming on mobile, desktop, and Apple TV. Arcade, announced in March, will bring ad-free games to multiple platforms, with both new and existing titles, including a new game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.

It'll be interesting to see how Apple Arcade fares up against services like the Xbox Game Pass. Rather than a streaming service like the upcoming Google Stadia, Arcade will let you download and play apps offline. With support for existing console controllers coming, it at least seems like it's trying to appeal to those who already own a traditional gaming console or two.

Apple has a number of games already committed to the platform. At its announcement in March, publishers like Devolver Digital, Disney, Sega, Konami, Annapurna Interactive, WayForward, and more were among those coming to the platform. Arcade will also have new original games from creators like Will Wright and Ken Wong.

We'll learn more as Apple rolls out its Arcade plans for this fall. In the meantime, be sure to check out what we like and don't like about what's been announced so far for the Arcade.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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