PS4 news this week includes some intriguing updates for PlayStation gamers.
One thing gamers are keen to find out more about is the recent launch of Call of Duty Mobile and how they might use their PS4 controller for official support.
While not available on the PS4 platform, COD Mobile is proving popular on Android and iOS devices. And it just so happens that Apple recently made it possible to use your Dualshock controller with iOS devices.
PlayStation fans can use a Dualshock 4 wireless controller to play their favourite PS4 games on an iPad, iPhone or Mac via the Remote Play app, or enjoy hundreds of controller-supported games on Apple devices.
The Dualshock 4 wireless controller is compatible with the following operating systems: iOS 13, iPad OS, macOS Catalina, and tv OS 13.
Here is how you can pair you PS4 controller with your favourite Apple devices:
- Be sure the light bar on the controller is off. If the light bar is on, press the PS button until it turns off. If a USB cable is connected to the controller, disconnect it.
- While pressing and holding the SHARE button, press and hold the PS button until the light bar flashes.
- Enable Bluetooth on your device, and then select the controller from the list of Bluetooth devices. When pairing is complete, the light bar turns a solid colour.
The downside to all this is that while iOS is now compatible with PS4 controllers, and so is Android, Call of Duty Mobile has lost its official controller support.
Prior to the game’s launch, it emerged that an option for controller support would appear in the game’s setting.
But on the day, Activision support on Twitter confirmed it would not be in place, telling fans: “Unfortunately, this is no longer supported after the most recent update. I would be more than happy to help. Thank you.”
The good news is that while controller support has been removed, it sounds like it will be coming back.
When this might happen has not been revealed but there’s no reason to think that Activision would want to fall behind their competitors in this regard.
In a previous interview with the Express Online, Call of Duty devs confirmed that the company were exploring controller support options.
Fans of cross platform support also received this week following a side-ways announcement from Sony on the subject.
This came in the form of an interview with Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, and someone who knows what’s going behind the scenes.
The interview with Wired was largely about the changes being made to the PlayStation Now service.
But in between comments, it was also revealed that Cross Platform support has now exited the beta testing stage.
And this could mean that all developers will soon have the option to provide support for their own games.
So far, there are only a handful of games that provide full cross platform support, including crossplay options.
“While it’s not announcing the news explicitly, the PS4’s cross-play efforts have officially moved out of the beta stage, meaning that the console can support cross-play on any titles that studios provide the functionality for,” Wired reports.
So even with a generational console change on the horizon, new updates and features continue to be worked on for the PS4.