iOS 13, iPadOS, and tvOS 13 all brought compatibility for PS4 and Xbox controllers to our Apple screens big and small recently, and the family will be complete in October as macOS Catalina will do the same for Macs.
All tied in together, and along with Apple Arcade, Apple’s gaming ecosystem is a unique one, offering cross-save and universal functionality no matter which is your preferred Apple platform for gaming. Or you might just like to mix and match and take advantage of all the options.
After receiving a good question from a long-time reader recently, ATVG posted this article on controller compatibility, answering how many controllers can be connected to an Apple TV at any one time, and also having a look at just which controllers are supported.
Overnight, Sony has come to the party, posting a story on its blog which outlines everything players need to know about gaming on Apple’s hardware connected with a DualShock 4.
The story also details the use of Sony’s Remote Play app, which ATVG has been using for quite some time, and its fantastic.
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The Remote Play app (available for iPhone, iPad, or Mac) enables your Apple device that’s operating on the same Wi-Fi network as your PlayStation 4 to be used as a screen, allowing you to essentially own more PS4s in the home without having to shell out for them. There’s a little latency involved but it’s certainly not a game breaker. I’ve even been using the app to play multiplayer Crucible matches in Destiny 2 on my Mac, while my wife uses the main lounge room TV.
Apart from Remote Play use, the PlayStation Blog also outlines how to pair your DualShock 4 with your Apple device, and describes some limitations, such as the fact that the DualShock 4’s touch pad is not supported when playing Apple games.
Because ATVG is distracted by shiny things, it’s interesting to note that when connected to an Apple device, your DualShock 4’s light bar turns the colour of Apple Arcade. I love little details like this that don’t have a significant effect on functionality, but are simply a nicely crafted touch. Also this inclusion carries with it a cohesive quality, helping to make Apple’s new gaming ecosystem feel a little more complete, rather than just using hardware cobbled together from across different systems to function.
Once you’ve paired your DualShock 4 to your Apple TV the first time, all you need to do in the future is hit the PS button on the controller and this will now bring the Apple TV to life, and also turn on your TV if you’ve enabled that option within Apple TV’s menu.
If you’re looking for something to play at the moment on Apple TV with your PlayStation’s DualShock 4, outside of the multitude of options that Apple Arcade offers, then Dead Cells just hit Apple TV today, which you can read all about right here.
If you’re new to The Apple TV Gaming Blog (ATVG), or just new to Apple TV gaming in general, or both, then the best place to get acquainted is our Best Apple TV Games of 2019 article. You’ll find a great collection of games to play, and a bunch of useful links to our previous site content. Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.