Apple’s WWDC developer sessions continue to provide more details on new features in its latest mobile and desktop operating systems, including new gamepad support in iOS 14.
During its opening speech on Monday, Apple said support for Xbox’s Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Adaptive Controller would come on tvOS 14, and a WWDC session on Wednesday confirmed that this support extends to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.
The session covers support for the Dual Shock touchpad and lightbar, Xbox Elite paddles, zone-based noise haptics, and motion sensors. Additionally, game developers will be able to take advantage of controller button remapping at the operating system level, as well as ready-to-use button glyphs in game interfaces.
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Another exciting highlight for game developers is the keyboard and mouse support for games on iPadOS. Apple is allowing developers to finally add keyboard, mouse, and trackpad control options. While touch is obviously preferred for most iOS games, it opens the door for games like Civilization VI to add support for this in future updates.
And with future Apple Silicon-equipped Macs capable of running iPhone and iPad applications natively, we were able to see mobile games fully prepared for desktop peripheral use on macOS Big Sur.