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Apple’s iOS 14.5 update to support PS5 DualSense & new Xbox Series X controllers

Apple has announced the iOS 14.5 update for iPhone and iPad will support next generation controller inputs.



Apple is now rolling out support for the next gen console controllers for use with iPhones and iPads.

In the newest beta rollout for Apple’s iOS 14.5 update, the ability to use PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X/S controllers have been added. Previously, players could utilize PlayStation 4 DualShock controllers and select Xbox One controllers with Bluetooth connectivity.

You’ll be able to link your controllers with the new beta software if you are a member of the beta testing program. If not, you will have to wait for the official launch of the 14.5 update for iPhone and iPad.

Xbox Series X/S Controller, Microsoft

To pair the devices, simply set the controllers into pairing mode as you would with the console, then head to the “Bluetooth” area in the Settings app. You should be able to locate your controller under the “other devices” tab.

For now, the controllers should function identical to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers. Most games like Call of Duty Mobile only support raw inputs, so the PS5 onboard microphone and touch bar won’t work for any games.

If you don’t have Call of Duty Mobile, it might be worth connecting your controller to your phone just to test if any of your favorite games have any support. When you’re done playing, be sure to disconnect your controller in the settings app, then pair your controller back to your native console.