We don't typically post about things to do with jailbreak around here, but this one seemed too cool to pass up. Over the weekend, iDownloadBlog spotted the jailbreak tweak "Controllers for All" which can be had for $1.99 from Cydia's ModMyi repository. What makes this jailbreak tweak particularly magical is that unlike similar tweaks in the past that basically made your PlayStation 3 controller function in games with iCade support, this makes it work in all games with iOS 7 controller support.

Getting it working seems pretty simple, once jailbroken with Controllers for All installed, you use the SixPair utility to pair your PS3 controller to your iOS device, and you're ready to rock. Detailed instructions are available over at iDownloadBlog, but here's a video of the setup in action:

If you're into the whole jailbreaking scene, this seems like a must-have tweak. The games I've played with my actual legit iOS 7 controllers have been really awesome, and I can only imagine how much better the whole experience would be with an actual amazingly high quality controller like the PS3 controller.

Also, amusingly enough, you could pick up the PS3 controller from Amazon, jailbreak your device, and drop two bucks on Controllers for All, and spend less than half of what a "real" iOS 7 controller would cost you for what I imagine to be a substantially better overall experience.

[via iDownloadBlog]

  • SoyGreen

    I can't believe I've been holding a controller incorrectly all this time!

    • MkRwilliams

      Sir. Please. Follow the intructions manual. It's why we made the goddamn thing

  • Holcman

    Sweet, great for people with jailbreak. Now if only I could figure out how to do it...

    • oneironaut

      It's an incredibly simple process. And one that I wholeheartedly recommend.

    • iPhone Gruru

      Would you like some help?

      • Amenbrother

        I would be interested in some help!

      • iPhone Gruru
      • MonkeyChunks

        Thanks! I'll check it out too. Maybe will do it for the iPad whose warranty expired already anyways. It is iPad 3 aka "the new iPad" which has ios7

      • darkcrayon

        Ironically that might be the best "tv gaming" iPad, since it still has regular onboard video out rather than the Lightning port solution on the 4th gen, Air, and the Minis, which introduces lag.

      • Endscrypt

        Been jailbreaking all my ios products since the 3GS, but nah! To many issues with the evasion jailbreak I'll at least wait until Cydia is actually compatible with ios7! Just saying i personally wouldn't advice anyone to break at the moment not unless you what constant substrate crashes, and I know this is the feeling from most of the jailbreak community! At your own risk!

      • iPhone Gruru

        Cydia was updated on dec 24th for iOS 7...

      • IMNS

        And if you have none?

        Guess I'll borrow one of my friends'. No real use for a full fledged PC after getting the ipad (for me, ie). Can't wait to try it out πŸ™‚

      • Nick

        Would you like to play a game?

      • iPhone Gruru

        sure, are you going to handcuff me in a room and make me saw off my own leg?

      • kamal kant

        Hey iphone guru will u plz check my post n give me solution

  • oddyoh

    Dear Apple...read this story. Then read it again. Then work with Sony and Nintendo to get their controllers working legit in iOS7. Then, print money as usual.

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Apple has a huge-ass ego. They won't go to Sony.

      • darkcrayon

        Sony & Nintendo's egos are almost as large (Nintendo's maybe larger), they won't help Apple, a big potential competitor in the mobile gaming space, destroy them.

      • Kevin Callens

        And that's why the PS3 controller drivers are integrated in every mac!

    • IMNS

      Or, simply allow better controllers from third party manufacturers. Better, make one yourself. Creating a decent controller doesn't take much expertise and certainly no help from MS, sony or Nintendo as evidenced by PC controller manufacturers with less than .0001 % of apples resources.

  • Boris Nguetie

    I KNEW THIS EXACT TWEAK WOULD COME OUT!!!!! it was just a matter of time!!!!

  • MkRwilliams


    • MkRwilliams

      Not $199

    • Squablo

      If Xbox One controllers are like Xbox 360 controllers, it's gonna be a no go, as they don't use Bluetooth. Now, WiiU Pro controllers maybe, but they don't have analog triggers. Maybe a third party PS3 controller with an Xbox layout? That might be your best bet.

      • MkRwilliams

        I only like Xbox One and 360 controllers because of the triggers

      • ZarieoZ

        Why do you say that? I use my xbox wireless controller on my Mac, using Microsoft receiver (small device bought it from amazon,!which detects the controller's signal). If they wanna do it, they can make it through a device like that, maybe it won't work though cause the device is actually a legit Microsoft one, don't know if there is 3rd party devices.

      • nlflint

        First, you need an iOS driver for the Microsoft controller dongle. Nobody'd created one yet and they will have to reverse engineer it. This is hard work.

        Then, anyone who wants to use their Xbox360 controller needs to have:
        1. The MSFT controller dongle
        2. A usb adapter for their iOS device
        3. Jailbreak their device.

        These are lots of hurdles to supporting a wireless controller, and it will still have a dongle. Not worth it. Better to just buy a PS3 or PS4 controller, and cheaper too.

  • http://www.Indieflashmob.com/ Trent

    I haven't jailbroken but is this anything like blutrol? That's what I was using to play games with my ps3 controller before iOS 7

    • Squablo

      It's nothing like BluTrol, as there is no configuration process. You launch a game, press the ps button, BOOM!! It works!!

      Yes it's really that easy!!!!!!!

      • http://www.Indieflashmob.com/ Trent

        That was the sole reason I didn't use Blutrol that often. Taking a screenshot, importing, then customizing the interface was such an annoyance. Especially if the game had an interface that changed like GTA which switches when you get in a car.

      • nlflint

        Too be fair, Blutrol has a ton more flexibility. It could adapt to work for games that don't even support a gamepad by emulating screen touches.

        This software, Controllers for all, only works for games that support the iOS7 gamepad framework. There are only about 100 to 200 games that support it right now.

      • papalin4o

        I try to connect my PS3 controller to my iPad Air. Press a PS button, but still blinking a 4 indicator is red. πŸ™
        Any ideas?

  • Squablo

    Oh yeah.......one more thing.......IN YOUR FACE, APPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • HelperMonkey

      Apple! Bah! What good are they?!
      I'll show them!... I'll just sell my iPad and use the money to buy a bunch of PS3 controllers.
      Ha HAH!! I WIN!!

  • err404

    While I agree that 360 support would be great. In fact I prefer the xbox controller. There are a few issues that make the ps3 controller a better fit. One, the DS3 is a Bluetooth device making it easier to connect to the iPhone. Two, the DS3 layout is a better match for the MFi layout. Three, the MFi standard requires analog face buttons that are not present on the 360 controller.

  • DarkScience

    But I don't want to jail break, don't really fully understand the implications. Already invested in the moga anyway!

    • zergslayer69

      There's really almost no risk in jailbreaking. It's what you install afterwards that run the risk of any issues. As long as you stick to the official sources, you'll be fine. If you want to modify ios to the point where you can't recognize it anymore, well you know what you're getting yourself into. But if you're jailbreaking just for this one tweak, your device will function the same like it did before.

      • ZarieoZ

        And battery life???

        I've been using apple devices for nearly 5 years, I hate jailbreaking πŸ™

      • zergslayer69

        I've jailbroken every single ipad (minus the first one) plus an iphone 4. I don't notice any negative impacts on performance or battery life except when I install the wrong things via experimentation. If you have an android phone, it's kind of like rooting. You're basically allowing backdoor access to do more nifty stuff with your device. Except the process is much simpler than rooting. Some people complain that jailbreaking messed up their devices, but honestly I don't have their device so I don't know what they've done/installed on it.

      • ZarieoZ

        Lol don't know why I got 2 dislikes, I was simply asking a question. Anyway, I really like this tweak so much, it's down to earth compared to those stupid MFi controllers (they had me as a customer, but at this prices O.o NO) it's just I decided I would never jailbreak my devices, & I hate to do so. This is the first tweak the actually got me thinking *-* I'll wait for MFi though, if they don't start respecting customers & offer good things for good prices, maybe (40%) I'll follow your lead πŸ˜€

      • Endscrypt

        Agreed there is no real risk at the worst you lose your jailbreak and restore your iphone,iPad etc alls good if you know your way about ifile. And also for anyone that's still into breaking there ios product if ya updated your ios through OTA you'll have to restore your ios through a P.C/MAC before stating the jailbreak process πŸ™‚

  • H4nd0fg0d

    Works so beautifully. Epic!!!!!

  • Boris Nguetie

    Yup legit!!!!

  • falco

    Jailbreak just for a controller no thx

    • Squablo

      Option 1. Buy a $100 crappy MFi controller, which will be useless when iphone 6 comes out, and not be able to use it on your iPad.

      Option 2. Buy a $2 app and use the PS3 controller you already have which will work on ALL jalibroken (free) devices running ios7

      I would say that's worth the jailbreak......

      • peaThere

        yes it is

  • loganexplosion

    Happily paid for this the moment I saw it. Works perfect. San Andreas requires NO configuration. Works perfectjust, why can't I disable it?? Every game I open, if it supports controllers or not it turns on bT stack and looks for the controller.. I don't always have a DS3 with me nor do I always want to use it

    • ddevil

      Yeah having the same issue. I hope it is good enuf not to turn itself on everytime i open a new app.

    • Boris Nguetie

      its a new tweak theres still a lot of improvements to go!! its alway been like this on cydia

  • Taclys

    Holy jesus I want to jailbreak again. Could an Xbox 360 controller version come out soon maybe? I personally prefer the 360 controllers to Playstation.

    • themostunclean

      A few commenters already pointed out that this wouldn't be likely. Xbox controllers don't use Bluetooth or have analog face buttons. PS3 controller specs are just much more closely matched to the specs Apple requires for their controllers. Anyway, with the PS4 dualshock's new triggers, the only advantage (which I personally don't find to be and advantage, rather a detriment) is the Xbox ones are gigantic.

      • Taclys

        Ah, darn. Well it's still a cool tweak. I know WiiMotes are Bluetooth based, could those be added? Much different setup, but the buttons are all there.

  • Rustrobot

    I already keep a PS3 controller in my travel bag for using OpenEmu on my Mac so this is perfect!

    • themostunclean

      OpenEmu is awesome.

  • Devok

    How to jailbreak iphone 5s ios7?

    • zergslayer69

      Visit the evasi0n website. That's a zero.

  • peaThere

    Yesss finally something productive I have three ps3 controllers. why wouldn't anybody jailbreak their phones it make apple products awesome

  • themostunclean

    I like the not so subtle dig at Samsung in the video. I had to exchange my Samsung TV 3 times before I got a good one.

  • Echoen

    Guess it's time to bust out of the cell!

  • MonkeyChunks

    Oh man, I don't want to jailbreak anything on the phone

  • chinito77

    Lots of games do not work with this! Ridge Racer Slipstream keeps telling me to turn off my bluetooth. GT Racing 2, FF4, Castle of Illusion, Rayman Run, and Ace Attorney HD says it connected successfully but it doesn't control a darn thing. Tomb Raider 1 works perfectly with it and that's about all I could test with it.

    The controller seems to lock up if you select iOS instead of BTstack in the options menu. I hope there is an update soon for this app.

    • Squablo

      It works with games that support MFi controllers, and not every game does. In fact most of those on your list do not support it. So far, it's worked flawlessly with everything I've tried it with. Check the first page for a list of MFi controller supported games.

      • chinito77

        Yeah, wish I saw that list earlier. I haven't bought any new games in a while as the games mentioned are keeping me busy. I do hope the older games incorporate MFi support soon.

    • Boris Nguetie

      well... works flawlessly with gta, shadow blade, call of duty, it makes dead trigger 2 crash sometimes but the controls work perfectly . the only thing its not working properly so far is the king of fighters 97!! buttons are messed up and act on their own!!

    • Shadowking2214

      Tested with The Walking Dead and the only thing that works is pausing the game,GTA SA works great and Asphalt 8 works fine too,Ravensword 2 doesn't work except for the pause button which is odd. I haven't tested this with many other games yet.

  • bigred447uk

    I've quickly jail broken my phone for the first time since 2010 for this ! Took all of about 5 minutes. This is the first reason I've found to hack my phone for years.

    • Chaz42

      The new jailbreaking method is so much easier than the old one. I remember a few years ago attempting to hold/ release the right buttons for specific times, and the huge install process.

  • Kane

    I just ordered a brand new sealed ps3 dualshock controller (white) can't wait for it too arrive.

  • BGrifter

    If Apple were to allow a legit version of this on the App Store I'd happily pay $20-$30 for it and avoid the iOS controller market entirely.

    Wishful thinking I'm sure.

    • inteliboy

      Seriously right. iOS8 - all bluetooth controllers supported. Why not?

  • RenTin850

    Now if they made a clip to the controller so you can clip on your phone it would be perfect! And mobile

    • Taeles

      general discussion, the thread on controller supported games, go to last page, then one page back. some guy made an entire clip iphone holder for his ps3 using... legos. looks awesome πŸ™‚

  • BruteOutlawz

    Just tried it with Gta San Andreas and it works flawlessly. Game is so much better with a controller πŸ™‚

  • thehighone

    my controller keeps disconnecting after i t says "press ps button" im on ipad 4 trying to play mc4. Help Please !

  • thehighone

    my controller keeps disconnecting after it tells me to press the ps button, it'll connect, then immediately disconnect, and pop up the notification a few times, im on ipad 4 trying to play mc4 please help.

    • Squablo

      Modern combat 4 is not a MFi supported game. Modern Combat 3 actually uses the Duo Gamer controller, but that's it. If you want a shooter to play with your ps3 controller, try Dead Trigger 2, Call of Duty Strike Team, or Neon Shadow. All of them work really well. Also, Respawnables is so much fun with an actual controller. Check that out too.

  • jacknicklson

    Works perfectly, awesome!

  • Nekkedsnake

    BLUTROL does the same thing on older OS'. just take a screen shot of whatever game you'd play, map literally any sixaxis button to the screen shot n good to go.

    • Squablo

      This is not like BluTrol. There is no configuration with this. No screenshots. No button mapping.

  • Taeles

    Well damn that was a really easy jailbreak controller setup. I only hit a confused snag when I followed a windows instruction for jailbreaking posted in the comments here yesterday and that linked page linked to the wrong file doh. That aside, quick, painless and now I'm ps3 controller gaming πŸ™‚

    I figure I'll just use my ps3 controller until some controller maker actually comes out with an ipad controller thats attached to the sides of the ipad. Kinda like the razer edge pro.

  • TeddyNYC

    My dream is that Apple announces the new enhanced Apple TV with app store integration this year which includes a controller that can also be used with your iPhone and iPad.

  • Taeles

    Newbie jail breaker question: is there anything I should do to maintain the security if my iPad air now that it's jail broken? This is pretty much the only thing I jail broke for, but I do remember jail breaking back during the iPhone 3G days to hotspot and having to change some password or something.

    Any advice is welcome

  • Serianni

    Supported game list anywhere?

  • lvzx14

    Very cool, but if you want to still use your PS3 you will have to sync it back to it then repeat the whole process if you want to go back to your ios device.

    Looks like I will be buying another ps3 controller

    • peaThere

      Ya me too still cheaper

  • joshob1987

    I love this tweak. It makes real boxing so much better. Asphalt 8 is much better now too.

  • iPhone Gruru

    It sounds like the batteries are dead on the controller.

  • AlvinoBrooka

    Can this work with a Gioteck VX-2 controller for ps3?

  • Whit

    which just reemphasizes how riduculous it is that Android and PC gamers have cheap access to excellent controllers and IOS has expensive access to crappy controllers!!!!!

    Why are we being stuffed in the gaming ghetto?

    And when is Mad Catz going to release their CTRLi?

  • Maxx Zimonick

    Great article, thank you. I have been using my PS3 controller since seeing this article. Once you pair your PS3 controller you have to turn off bluetooth on your Ipad/Iphone. That had me hung up for a little while.

  • FrostyxPT

    hi there, i got that tweak and it was working really nice and now i dont know why when im about to sync after open the game the game just crash and close! and the incredible thing is that i have allready played the game in question for hours with the ps3 controller!
    any thoughts of what could be!?