unitylogoWe're at sort of a strange time right now as more and more games are being updated with official MFi Controller support, which was announced as a new feature of iOS 7 back at WWDC, but there have yet to be any actual controllers released. We've seen a leaked image of what one of Logitech's iPhone controllers might look like, and it seems pretty likely that Apple will announce something to do with controllers at this month's media event. Of course we thought they'd surely say something at the iPhone 5s event, and there was nary a peep, so we'll see.

Anyway, another pretty major development in the wacky world of MFi Controller news materialized today as Unity announced on their blog that their forthcoming 4.2.2 update will include iOS 7 Controller support. The blog post covers some frequently asked questions and actually includes a mini tutorial if you are a Unity developer and want to get started with adding controller support for your game.

One of the interesting tidbits to come from their FAQ is that adding controller support to your game through Unity doesn't require that the user have iOS 7 on their device. The Unity engine will auto-detect whether or not a device is running iOS 7 before prompting the user with any sort of controller business. That's a good thing, as we've seen that not everybody is eager to update to the latest version of iOS for whatever reasons, and Apple has even made it easier to hang on to an older iOS version by allowing developers to offer "last compatible versions" of their apps.

Hopefully we'll actually see real, physical, ready-for-primetime controllers unveiled in the not too distant future, but given how widespread the use of Unity is by developers on the iOS platform (not to mention the many other platforms the engine supports) I'm stoked to see that it's going to be a fairly simple task to get controller support added into your games.

  • defunct32

    Briiiing it ooooon! Wooooo!

  • IAmTheNightRider

    "it seems pretty likely that Apple will announce something to do with controllers at next month's media event."

    Psst...October is THIS month...

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

      Haha, oops. Thanks πŸ™‚

  • hourglass

    There are so many games I need to play with a controller. Nova and Modern a Combat, for example, and many others.

    • Eidaven

      Controllers are going to make the FPS genre on iOS much more of a legitimate thing. I might actually enjoy playing them. Could you imagine a port of Halo or something on an iPad or an iPhone? That would be amazing.

    • PresidentZer0

      Lets hope gameloft does update their games... I doubt it.

      • Th3R3n3gad3

        Yeah, probably just for their controller!

      • matus

        Lol, no. I paid Β£80 for that and they dropped it almost immediately. It's a Shane because it was sooooo much easier than virtual controls.

  • lordyokomoto

    Wow might finally be able to complete a race in 2k drive without crashing............ If they add controller support that is πŸ˜‰

  • Earth Vs. Me

    Sorry, this is Greek to me. So I take it Unity is some sort of development kit for making iOS games?

    • tinkie277

      Game engine, you are correct...

    • hourglass

      Unity is one of the most advanced engines for iOS.

  • Kane

    Baked is my new favourite word πŸ™‚

  • oddyoh

    Can't wait! Buttons and d-pads and analog sticks, oh my!

  • birnbe

    I hope someone makes a mount for xbox360 and/or ps controllers, I think with a little ingenuity that would be a huge winner.

  • PresidentZer0

    I don't really get why it's so good because mfi controllers have an own API, so every game can ad easy controller support,...right?

    • JosephWelke

      That's why it's so good. This kind of baked-in controller support is brand new to iOS 7. iOS never had it before.

  • zergslayer69

    Would love to see the new steam controller be compatible with ios. One controller to rule them all.

  • Pannthamann

    I think that the Bluetooth for ps3 controllers would be cool for an iPad but as far as iPhone i want a controller case...just makes more sense to me. Something to click my iPhone into and play xcom

  • derkoi

    As a developer myself. All my releases will support mfi controllers. No reason not to.

  • jfrank7

    I hope that the jailbreak for ios7 comes soon so i can use my ps3 controller with all these games using the bluetroll app

  • greatnoob

    A side game in making will play so well with an actual joystick! Definitely going to integrate my game to the new controller API... once Adobe or somebody creates the corresponding extension for AIR... πŸ™ then Machinarium and all the other games will get updated too! πŸ™‚

  • alinasir96

    Popular game engine Unity updated with iOS 7 controller support