Apple approving games with iOS 7 controller support

By , Sep 17, 2013

ios 7 game support

User excitement for iOS 7 continues to mount, as we are now less than 48 hours away from the public release. The update includes a number of new features, like AirDrop and Control Center, as well as an all-new UI design.

But there’s one big change coming in iOS 7 that continues to fly under the radar, and that’s support for third-party game controllers. In fact, it’s been discovered that Apple is already approving games with controller support…

Touch Arcade reports:

“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 [$0.99] is the first one that has popped up on our radar.”

The site notes that since this is one of the first games they’ve seen thus far with support for the new controller API, it’s still unclear how widespread this will become. AVP: Evolution could either be the first of many, or an oddity.

Back in June, it was reported that Apple was working directly with accessory-makers Logitech and MOGA to produce a new line of iOS gaming peripherals. Shortly after that, a photo surfaced claiming to be of an early prototype.

ios 7 gamepad prototype

Of course, controller support isn’t the only new gaming feature iOS users have to look forward to. The iPhone 5s, Apple’s new handset, has a 64-bit processor that has already proven to offer a substantial boost in graphic performance.

It’ll be interesting to see where we’re at when all of the dust settles—say 6 months from now. Here’s hoping by that time we have widespread game support for third-party controllers and the 64-bit A7, and a new Apple TV.

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  • omrishtam

    YES!

  • Adnan Mosali

    I don’t know if I should be happy about this hehehe
    not a huge gamer

  • Roman Aysin

    Chasing Yello in recent update now supports conrollers (ios 7 only) too.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Are there any supported controllers on the market right now?

    • Sherlock EB

      Not on the moment but I think apple will reveal them next month alongside new iPad

      • Andrieux Querido

        I just sold my iPad for a good price, but i will get crazy without it, waiting for december when i will buy the new one.

      • Sherlock EB

        I’m gonna get the new one too

  • momerathe

    this is going to make hack-and-slash and action rpgs so much better

  • Singed

    I really hope for an iPad one. It’s horrible to play Terraria as is.

    • Andy

      I’m guessing an iPad version would have an external controller rather than one that attaches to to the iPad itself (like the iPhone one). But there’s another problem, what about games that can only be played vertically? Judging from the prototype, it looks it attaches horizontally.

      • flowjbx

        well most of the good games can be played vertically including MC4 ;)

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        MC4, ftw!

      • smtp25

        And what about people with bulkier cases – not taking it off every time I want to play a quick game

  • Gell Flores

    Question > i’m on iOS 7 GM can i update to the official iOS 7 over the air when apple releases iOS 7 tomorrow? Or i need to downgrade to 6.1.3 to get the official release?

    • ANMOL

      do you have 6.1.3 SHSH? if you have then no need to downgrade to 6.1.3.you can upgrade to official iOS 7.if you don’t have SHSH file then downgrade to 6.1.3 then save SHSH file useing tiny umbrella.

      • Gell Flores

        Yup. I have it. Thanks

  • HaRmAn

    i think its good

  • jobcoombz

    Does anybody know if i will be able to update to the public ios 7 from ios 7 gm?(im a non-developer)

  • Raul M

    Modern Combat 5 Or wtf?:D