Xbox Series X controller getting Apple support in 'future update'

Xbox Series X Controller
Xbox Series X Controller (Image credit: Microsoft)

Xbox Series X Controller

Source: Jez Corden/Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Jez Corden/Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Apple has confirmed it is working with Microsoft to bring support for the Xbox Series X controller to customers.

Apple has confirmed that it is working on an update with Microsoft to bring support for the Xbox Series X controller to customers soon.

As reported by MacRumors, a Reddit user spotted the small print on Apple's support page (opens in new tab) for Wireless controllers which states:

Microsoft and Apple are working together to bring compatibility for the Xbox Series X controller to customers in a future update.

Customers can use a bunch of controllers from Microsoft, along with PlayStation's DualShock 4 Wireless Controller and other MFi devices with Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, or Mac. Support games include Apple Arcade titles and App Store games.

Xbox Series X Controller

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

The Xbox One Wireless Controller is one of the best Apple TV gaming controllers around, and the Xbox Series X version delivers some cool improvements, including:

  • Slightly smaller form factor
  • A new share button
  • More tactile and ergonomic share buttons
  • New d-pad
  • Textured triggers
  • USB-C charging

Apple's support page doesn't confirm when this compatibility might roll out, simply stating the change is coming "in a future update." There is no indication as to whethere Apple is working on similar compatibility for the PS5 controller, but it does currently support the PS4 version, so this seems a natural move going forward.

Stephen Warwick
  • Apple whitelisting controllers is just one of the 7000 or so reasons I switched to Android recently. They didn't support the Elite v2 until iOS 14 came out.
  • Wait... so they don't need to personally rate all the internal the hardware to work with their system and be approved by them? I guess because it won't be sold in their 'store', it is okay.
  • Not prefer Dualshock with sensitive haptic ?
    It's very appreciate for journalists and more tendance.