So you can play on Apple TV with a PS4 or Xbox One controller — 2022

The arrival of new services such as Apple Arcade meant that much of the software news in 2019 for iPad, iPhone, Mac and Apple TV was related to it. tvOS 13 added the ability to play games on Apple TV with a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller, which is a very nice feature. In this article we show you how you can connect these controls to your device.

Connect bluetooth controls on Apple TV

The first thing you should know is the number of controls compatible with Apple TV that we find. In the case of PlayStation hands, you should know that it is the DUALSHOCK 4 the one that is compatible. On the other side we find the Xbox wireless controller model 1708. In addition to these, which are among the most popular, we also find another broader list of controls compatible with Apple TV such as SteelSeries Nimbus, Horipad Ultimate and others that you can consult in the apple website .

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For connect playstation 4 controller to apple tv , the DUALSHOCK 4, it must be turned off at the beginning of this process so that the link can be established correctly.

  1. Turn on the Apple TV.
  2. Hold down the buttons PS and Share at the same time. The lights on the controller should start flashing.
  3. On Apple TV go to Settings>Bluetooth.
  4. Find and select the DUALSHOCK 4 so that the link between the remote and the Apple TV is established.

Once this is done, you will see an indicator appear on the screen to inform you that the PS4 controller has been connected correctly. If suddenly that link is lost or a failed connection is reported, you should keep the PS button pressed until it connects. If it doesn't work, you'll need to go through the process explained above again.

Now for connect xbox one controller to apple tv , there is also a similar process. As in the previous one, the control must remain off at the beginning of the process.

  1. Turn on the Apple TV.
  2. Turn on the Xbox Wirelessfrom the power button and hold the connect button for several seconds.
  3. On Apple TV go to Settings>Bluetooth.
  4. Find and select the Xbox controller so that the link between the controller and the Apple TV is established.

As in the previous case, an indicator will appear informing you that the link has been successfully established. In case there is a connection failure, you will have to perform the link process again.

Keep in mind that both Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K allow only two remotes to connect simultaneously, so you won't be able to connect three or more remotes. In case you have not been able to connect a controller, it is possible that the problem is this and the device is trying to connect several controllers automatically even though that was not your intention. Turn off the controls that you are not going to use and there should be no problem.