iOS 16 expands support for Nintendo and other game controllers


During the WWDC 2022 keynote on Monday, Apple highlighted how iOS 16 improves the gaming experience with Metal API updates and a revamped Game Center. Additionally, iOS 16 adds support for even more game controllers, including Nintendo’s Joy-Cons and Pro Controller.

As noted Riley Testutthe developer behind Delta and AltStore, it’s now possible to pair Nintendo Switch joysticks with iPhone and iPad (and possibly Mac and Apple TV) running the latest beta software.

Testut was able to play games with Nintendo’s Joy-Cons and Pro Controller on iOS 16. 9to5Mac confirmed based on iOS 16 internal code that the update supports several new game controllers, not just Nintendo’s. For example, it also works with 8Bitdo, BADA MOGA XP5-X Plus and Logitech F710 Gamepad.

But speaking specifically about Nintendo’s Joy-Cons, iOS 16 is able to identify the two parts of the controller as one, but it also allows users to pair them separately. After pairing the controllers, there are options to customize the controls in the Bluetooth settings.

9to5Mac also discovered that support for third-party controllers in iOS is now based on “moving assets”, which means that Apple can add support for even more live controllers without having to ship a new version of iOS.

iOS 16 includes several new features, including a completely redesigned lock screen with widgets and improvements for several system apps. Developers can now download the first beta of iOS 16 through the Apple Developer website. A public beta will be available next month with the official release slated for this fall.

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