iOS 16 will support Nintendo Joy-Cons and other game controllers

Yesterday at WWDC 2022, Apple explained how iOS 16 will improve the gaming experience with updated Metal 3 graphics, Game Center improvements and more. Now, it looks like iOS 16 will also bring support for more third-party game controllers, including Nintendo’s Joy-Con and Pro controllers, 9to5Mac reported.

Developer Riley Testut has found he can play games with Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and Pro controllers on iPhone and iPad with the latest iOS 16 beta. The update also supports 8Bitdo controllers, BADA MOGA XP5-X Plus and Logitech F710 Gamepad, according to internal code spotted by 9to5Mac.

iOS 16 lets you pair the Joy-Cons as a single controller or separately, and you can customize the controls in Bluetooth settings. You can even dynamically switch between using the two Joy-Cons as a single controller or two separate controllers by pressing and holding the screenshot and home buttons. “Apple seriously killed it with this implementation,” Testut said. (In response to his tweet, another user Noted that Apple apparently launched support for Switch Pro controllers last year with macOS 12.)

It looks like Apple will be able to add support for more controllers without needing to ship a new version of iOS, using something called “mobile resources”. This looks like another new feature that allows Apple to automatically release security updates between iOS versions.

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