Apple's recently announced iOS 14, macOS, iPadOS 14 and tvOS promise some important improvements that make gaming on a console or PC feel like.
Apple released new details of its upcoming operating systems this week, including a number of new features to support game controllers, such as: B. Reallocation of buttons, rumble, and motion control. As long as developers code these functions into their games, players can swap their buttons with conventional game controllers, feel vibrations while playing and much more.
In games that support Sony's DualShock 4 controllers, developers can adjust the light bar above to change colors based on a character's health. You can also allow players to use the DualShock 4's touchpad for finger tracking.
This doesn't seem like much to console gamers who have been using these features for years, but until now, features that most gamers take for granted in console games have not been available to iOS, tvOS, or macOS players.
The updates are part of a series of game enhancements that Apple introduced in this year's software updates. A new Game Center makes it easier to find friends to play with and access leaderboards and achievements. Apple also announced that Microsoft Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 can finally work with iOS-based games. However, the company has not said whether Sony and Microsoft controllers for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will also work with the new operating systems.
In addition to the support of console controllers, PC gamers will find a home on Apple's iPad with dramatically improved keyboard and mouse functions. Apple's iPadOS already works with keyboard and mice, but the experience was less than excellent. For example, players cannot press multiple keys on a keyboard. And clicking the mouse is usually more difficult than it is worthwhile. Apple's update aims to fix this.
Apple introduced its new operating systems at its first virtual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday. All updates will be available as free downloads later this year, but developers can now start integrating the new features into their games. Read our full overview of all Apple announcements at the event.