Controllers for All, use your console's remote on iOS

iOS 8 MFi Controller

Apple introduced with iOS 8 the possibility of use controllers to play to games on our devices, an API that was very well received by owners of an iOS device by allowing us to remove the touch controls from the screen and play without our fingers bothering us.

The latest iPhone and iPad really have a lot of graphic processing potential, which allows the quality of the video games that we find in the AppStore to be very remarkable for a device with these characteristics.

In addition to all that, if we add the graphics and performance that can be achieved with the APIMetal of iOS 8 intended for devices with 64-bit architecture, then we already talked about bigger words.

To enjoy all this, you only need a gamepad with Bluetooth, which connects wirelessly to our phone and transmits our orders in real time to the games that have been adapted to this API, but it is not always so simple, the MFi certified gamepads tend to be around quite high prices of between € 30 and € 90, something that I consider (myself and many people) too high for a simple knob and that also tend to have a horrendous appearance and strange shapes.

MFi Gamepads

However, many people have bluetooth controllers at home, fantastically designed for perfect control, with quality components and a well-known shape; I speak of the Sony DualShock 3 and 4, the controls of the Playstation 3 and 4 respectively.

The problem is that these controls are synchronized by connecting them via micro-USB and they are not prepared to obey anyone other than the console. But luckily there is a large community of developers willing to do anything and with great ideas, in this case, one of them is controllers for all.

To pair the remote with your iOS device, you must download the program corresponding to your operating system, be it Windows, OS X or Linux.

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

Once the program of your OS has been downloaded and installed, you must connect the DualShock to the PC or MAC and enter the Bluetooth address of your iPhone / iPod / iPad in the program that you can find in "Settings> General> Information", once this is done the controller host will become the iOS device.

controller for all It is a tweak that we will find in Cydia compatible with iOS 7 and iOS 8 for a price of € 1, definitely much cheaper than an MFi Gamepad and surely our DualShock surpasses these in quality (especially the Dualshock 79 that includes up to a panel tactile).

On the other hand, not everything is good news, and although the API is an excellent idea, not all games are adapted for it, not even Modern Combat 5 is, something that leaves a lot to be desired from a game with that level.

Luckily there is an app that has cataloged all games compatible with MFi controllers, this will facilitate the task when looking for playable titles.

Of course this method has a little inconvenienceWhat do we do with the iPhone while we play? In that sense you should not worry, several companies know that these controls are used to play and they have put adapters for really low prices (up to € 10).

For, Dualshock 3 We have these 2 options that will cover all types of Smartphones:

1. Adapter with suction cups for € 10 (ideal for phones with a glass back or a smooth, non-porous material):

Suction cups gamepad


2. Adapter adjustable length for € 8 (suitable for any phone)

Adjustable clip adapter


For, Dualshock 4 we will have to pay a little more, because it is very recent and Snoy is the only brand that sells them.

You can choose the option suction cup official to make use of the XPeria Z and Playstation Remote, which amounts to almost € 30: Dualshock 4 adapter


Let's hope that little by little more games will make use of this API and we can get the most out of these accessories. We will try to get some of them to show you how it works.


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  1.   Jesus Gonzalez said

    in amazon there is one very similar to the Xbox one for about € 25 or something like that.

  2.   Brayar Alvites Atencio said

    Straw (Y)

  3.   Facundo Casal Despres said

    Naa that's good

  4.   Chinocrix said

    i play snes, ps1, nintendo 64 and nintente ds games on my iphone with ps3 controller or with the screen itself. I have a 5s with ios 8.1.2

  5.   Microphone said

    Works on iOS 9.2

  6.   christopher said

    window is expired if someone has it please