I really hate that we're reduced to this level of Apple tea leaf reading, but, here we are. If you're among the boatload of our readers who are totally excited for iOS 7 game controllers, here's some good evidence that they might be coming sooner rather than later: Apple is now approving game updates that specifically support controllers. AVP: Evolution [$2.99] is the first one that has popped up on our radar.


It remains to be seen if we're about to see a tidal wave of iOS 7 controller supported games or if AVP: Evolution is an anomaly... But we can't wait to give iOS 7 controllers a try. I know I predicted on our podcast that we'd see them at the keynote, but, now the next hope is this Friday along with the release of the iPhone 5s/5c? Maybe? Who knows!

Thanks, Brad H.!

  • dribblejam

    Last game I'd expect to be first!

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      The controllers will be announced at the iPad announcement where we will see a new 64 bit iPad and AppleTV. Purely my own tea leaf reading of course.

  • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

    Ummm yeah, I commented about this in another article. Another site *cough kotaku cough* said there was controller support in iOS 7 in their review. I thought I was the last to know. I also saw it posted on cannyvision. Am I missing something here?

    • Brandon Higgins

      This has been known since WWDC, but the game itself has to support the controller using the given API.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        Right. I totally understand that. The article is speaking as if controller support is a mystery though. Yes games would of course have to support it, but again it reads in anticipation of said support.

        I guess I just assumed games would now support them since they can with 7.

      • Wizard_Mike

        Well, we still don't know when the controllers themselves will be released, so seeing apple approve updates which add controller support already could mean the controllers will be released sooner than we thought.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        Yeah I guess so, I guess I thought they would start coming out when 7 was released since it supported it. But I see the point.

      • Unfrozen

        I was also worried when there was zero mention of MFI controllers during the keynote that we wouldn't be seeing controllers at launch. There are a lot of cool things in iOS 7 but controller support is my personal favourite.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        Right, but the story here is that a game already supports a controller that–as far as the general population is concerned–hasn't been divulged yet. So this means that Apple will more than likely be unveiling what these controllers are sooner rather than later, unless they want a ton of games supporting a feature that doesn't even exist yet, which I highly doubt they would want as to avoid confusion.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        Most definitely. I was looking at it as if Apple was going to take a more passive approach and allow third parties like logic make said controllers and people who wanted them would purchase them as they see more and more games supporting it since they didn't announce anything at the keynote. But instead you guys are saying they might be announcing a specific compatible controller or controllers. That would make more sense to take advantage of the media light and take a stance there instead of passively allowing controller support to exist. I see I see.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        Yeah that's the thing. It's MFi (Made For iOS) controller support, so theoretically Apple will have to give their blessing to any controllers that want to take advantage of it. So unless they want to retroactively give their blessing to controllers already on the market, we have to wait for special new controllers, which as far as I know third parties like Logic and others will be making.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        Ahh so that's what MFi means. I was wondering what that was. I came across that and glanced over it. So the controllers will have a standard to be held by. Thanks for the insight, Jared!

      • Josh Tisdale

        My guess would be (and my feeling all along) that they will push controllers at the iPad event. While controller gaming on the iPhone will still be cool, doing so on the iPad just makes more sense.

  • metalmandave83

    The controllers will be announced at the iPad announcement where we will see a new 64 bit iPad and AppleTV. Purely my own tea leaf reading of course.

    • Eidaven

      Since we are dreaming here... Apple TV = 64bit A7, 8gb+ RAM, flash memory storage, App store and controller support. Please do it Apple! Please!

  • PresidentZer0

    Is there anything new in the options?(on iOS 7)

    • tinkie277

      I couldn't see anything. I might have to see what's old controller does....

      • tinkie277

        Having had a look at it my old controller is not supported but I noticed in the tutorial when it says press A and B button the buttons are now coloured like a game controller.

        It does look like it would automatically detect a controller as there is nothing in the settings for controller setup.

        My old controller is an ipega icade certified controller and this is not supported in any way shape or form so it looks like they may discontinue any support in any game.

        I guess we just need to wait to see what Apple have up their sleeve I am quite excited.

  • PresidentZer0

    Bugdom 2 has eben Updates for Controller Super, Top

    • Adams Immersive

      Also Otto Matic and Nanosaur, I see.

  • Alan Baldwin

    Rumor is Oct 15 for the iPad / apple tv announcement. MUCH more likely they focus on gaming there.

  • DJEmergency

    Can anybody test to see if a PS3 controller works with it?

    • Rob L

      Hmmmm I wonder .. well I launched the game and when you push the little controller thing it just takes you to an area that talks about more games and movies about aliens. I couldn't find an actual spot to test my ps3 controller or my gameloft duo.

      • PresidentZer0

        They ain't MFI

      • Rob L

        I didn't say they were... I was just saying that in the app there was no option for configuring or setting up a controller.

  • Adams Immersive

    I don't think MFI controllers are a big deal to Apple, nor coming any time soon to AppleTV: if they were important, Apple would simply make their own "ideal" controller and NOT encourage third party variation (not so soon anyway).

    I'm glad they're an option for the niche that wants them. I want them myself! But I don't think they're central to some new Apple gaming product.