How to pair PS5 and new Xbox controllers to iPhone and play mobile games


APPLE is upgrading your iPhone with the ability to link PS5 and Xbox Series X/S controllers.

The new update means you can play iPhone games using the next-gen console joypads.

Sony’s next-gen DualSense controller is seriously slick

You can already pair older controllers to the iPhone.

But with the iOS 14.5 update, your iPhone and iPad will gain support for the PS5’s DualSense – and the Xbox Series X gamepad too.

The update is available in beta right now, and will roll out more generally in the coming weeks.

The PlayStation DualSense controller is particular impressive, thanks to its next-gen tech.

You can pair next-gen joypads to the iPhone and iPad with the latest iOS/iPadOS update

What’s special about the DualSense controller is that features “haptic” tech – to let you “feel” the game.

The term “haptic” literally means “relating to touch”, and so it’s about providing better touch feedback to your hands.

This replaces the more traditional rumble system you’d find in typical console joypads.

There are more vibrating motors in your controller (including the triggers and joysticks).

It gives the DualSense what PlayStation calls “a broader range of feedback”.

“Crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field,” said PlayStation boss Jim Ryan.

“You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.”

The new controller will also feature adaptive triggers – technology built into the L2 and R2 trigger buttons.

Developers are able to program the resistance of these triggers so you can feel the “tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow”, for instance.

How to pair controllers to iPhone

Pairing a PS4 DualShock 4 controller to your iPhone takes seconds.

Press the PS button and the Share button at the same time, and hold them down.

The light on the back of the joypad will start flashing.

Then go into your iPhone’s Bluetooth section and you’ll see a listing for DualShock 4.

Press that option and your controller will be connected.

It’s much the same with the Xbox controller, except you need to just press and hold the pairing button.

And the system will work much the same for the PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers once you’ve updated to iOS 14.5.

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