Apple TV is getting Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controller support

What you need to know

  • Apple TV is getting Xbox One and PlayStation DualShock 4 controller support.
  • This is a huge boon for Apple Arcade, the subscription game service expected Fall 2019.

Announced at WWDC 2019, Apple's annual developer conference, Apple TV is getting Xbox One and Playstation DualShock 4 controller support, which will be a welcome addition for any traditional console gamers out there who want to take advantage of what Apple Arcade has to offer. Compatibility is expected to come with the tvOS 13 update.

Apple Arcade, which aside from working with Apple TV works with iPad, iPhone, and Mac, will bring more than 100 games through a subscription service, and it's expected to begin in Fall 2019 in more than 150 countries. Apple TV is already compatible with a number of gamepads, but this compatiblity means many people who already own an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will not have to make a separate purchase.

Thanks to a wide variety of Xbox One controllers, gamers will be able to pick something that best suits their style. We've rounded up a full list available now if you're unsure where to start.

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  • Honest question. Are there any exclusive games on Apple TV that will convince console and PC gamers to subscribe to their service?
  • "Apple today announced Apple Arcade, a game subscription service that will feature over 100 new and exclusive games, including original releases from renowned creators Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong, Will Wright and dozens more. Apple Arcade games will redefine games and be curated based on originality, quality, creativity, fun and their appeal to players of all ages. Apple Arcade will give customers the freedom to try any game from its handpicked collection of titles that are all-you-can-play, have no ads, ad tracking or additional purchases, and respect user privacy. " From the original announcement.