The brand new consoles are lastly out, and when you’ve been fortunate sufficient to snag one, you’re now the proud homeowners of latest controllers. This won’t be the primary query you ask, however finally, you may wish to know: will the PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers work with my smartphone?
The quick reply is: sure, each will work together with your smartphone, identical to the last-gen PS4 DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers each labored wirelessly with telephones. In actual fact, the method appears largely the identical to hyperlink up the brand new controllers to your handsets. Thanks, Sony and Microsoft!
Needless to say neither firm has expressly introduced compatibility between their new console controllers and trendy smartphones – however anecdotal proof has proven that they join simply the identical. We anticipate official documentation to return out quickly, however within the meantime, right here’s how you can join your PS5 and Xbox Sequence X/S controllers to your smartphone.
What you’ll have to get began
Fortunately, that is fairly straightforward: you solely want your smartphone and your controller of selection. If you wish to be protected, get a wire that works between the 2 – a USB-C to USB-C for many trendy Android smartphones or a USB-C to Lightning cable for contemporary iPhones.
With out official documentation from both firm on compatibility necessities for telephones, we’ll run off what it’s worthwhile to hook up last-generation’s PS4 and Xbox One controllers to a handset. Be certain that to improve your cellphone’s OS to at the least Android 10 or iOS 13, and to be protected, absolutely the newest model of Android 11 or iOS 14.
In case your controller isn’t connecting, be sure you’ve up to date it to the newest firmware, as this Xbox assist article explains relating to an identical difficulty connecting to PC.
Learn how to set it up
You shouldn’t want a deliberate app to attach your DualSense or Xbox Sequence X controller to your cellphone – as a substitute, you’ll be pairing them to your cellphone as easy Bluetooth gadgets. We’ll undergo every controller setup course of individually.
Needless to say, with out overtly official assist from Microsoft and Sony simply but, you will have to remap your buttons inside every recreation to your liking.
Learn how to join your PS5 controller to your cellphone
As seen in Austin Evans’ PS5 unboxing video, it’s fairly straightforward to attach your new DualSense controller to your cellphone.
First, put your DualSense into pairing mode by holding the PS button within the bottom-center and the Create button on the top-left of the controller (the place the Share button was on the DualShock 4) on the similar time till the blue lights across the middle begin flashing.
Then go to your cellphone, make sure that Bluetooth is turned on, and look in your Bluetooth settings to pair a brand new gadget (in Android: Settings > Related Units > Pair New Gadget, in iOS: Settings > Bluetooth). Discover the DualSense controller, which could simply simply be listed as ‘Wi-fi Controller,’ and faucet it. It ought to pair shortly, because the beneath video by Cellphone Battles demonstrates:
Because the video exhibits, you may also join manually by way of cable – simply plug one finish into your cellphone and the opposite to your controller and it ought to mechanically register.
Learn how to join your Xbox Sequence X controller to your cellphone
Don’t fear, Xbox Sequence X controller homeowners, it’s simply as straightforward to attach your gamepad to telephones. (and sure, the Sequence X and Sequence S controllers are an identical.)
To begin, make sure that your controller is on, then press and maintain the Pair button (on the again by the USB-C port, proper the place it was on the Xbox One gamepad) till the Xbox button begins flashing.
Then go to your cellphone, make sure that Bluetooth is turned on, and look in your Bluetooth settings to pair a brand new gadget (in Android: Settings > Related Units > Pair New Gadget, in iOS: Settings > Bluetooth). Discover the Xbox Wi-fi Controller (don’t fear if it doesn’t specify ‘Sequence X’), which could simply be listed as ‘Wi-fi Controller,’ and faucet it. YouTuber MonkeyKingHero demonstrates the quick course of beneath: