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Xbox One controller available from Apple, but there are better places to buy

Apple has started to sell the Xbox Wireless Controller, a peripheral for Microsoft's game console that is also compatible with the iPhone and iPad. While it has made an appearance in the online Apple Store, gamers interested in using it for Apple Arcade may want to consider buying it elsewhere.




Following the announcement of Xbox One controller support at WWDC 2019 for iOS 13, iPadOS, and tvOS 13, the Microsoft-created peripheral has become an attractive proposition for those interested in subscribing to Apple Arcade, the $4.99 game subscription service for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.

To capitalize on this, Apple has started to list the Xbox Wireless Controller in the online Apple Store. The Bluetooth-supported controller offers two joysticks, a directional pad, four main buttons, shoulder triggers, and other inputs, as well as a 3.5mm stereo headset jack for providing audio to a compatible headset.

Existing owners of an Xbox Wireless Controller may want to use their own with Apple Arcade. But, not all models offer Bluetooth support something that is required for iPhone connectivity.



Those looking to buy the exact version sold by Apple with Bluetooth support may want to check elsewhere for the peripheral, as the Apple Store is selling it for $59.95. Other outlets are likely to offer the controller at far lower prices, such as Amazon's $43.84 for the exact same model.

There is also the possibility of going down different avenues, such as the also-announced support for Sony's PlayStation 4 controller, as well as the plethora of existing Bluetooth controllers on the market.