How to pair an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 controller with the Apple TV

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How to pair controllers with Apple TV
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With the latest software update for the Apple TV, tvOS 13, you can now pair a wireless gamepad to the streaming box – just in time for the arrival of Apple Arcade.

Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 DualShock controllers are supported. They connect to the Apple TV over Bluetooth and will work with any games that support them.

While it won't be replacing your Nintendo Switch any time soon (and certainly not while Switch controllers aren't supported), the addition of PS4 and Xbox One controls make the Apple TV feel like a more competent gaming device.

Read this: Everything new in the latest Apple TV update

Here's how to set up both. We've split this guide into two sections for simplicity, as there are some important differences to be aware of.

How to connect your PlayStation 4 controller to Apple TV

1. Turn on your Apple TV and go to Settings.
2. Go to Remotes and Devices.
3. Go to Bluetooth.
4. On the PlayStation 4 controller, hold down the PlayStation and the Share buttons until the light on the black of the controller starts blinking.
5. You should see the controller appear under the devices listed. Select it with the Apple TV remote and they'll pair.

How to connect your Xbox One controller to Apple TV

If you're using an Xbox One controller the process is much the same, but only some Xbox One controllers are compatible. You'll need one of the controllers with the model number 1708, which come with the Xbox One S, or the new Elite 2 controller that comes with the Xbox One X.

You can find your controller model number in the battery compartment on the back of the controller, so pop them out and take a look. If you bought your Xbox One console in the last couple of years, or have upgraded your controller, there's a high chance you don't need to worry.

You also want to first make sure your Xbox One controller firmware is up to date. Then do the following.

1. Turn on your Apple TV and go to Settings.
2. Go to Remotes and Devices.
3. Go to Bluetooth.
4. Turn on the Xbox controller, then press and hold the Connect button for a few seconds.
5. You should see the controller appear under the devices listed. Select it with the Apple TV remote and they'll pair.



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