Technology is progressing at such a rapid speed that keeping up with it has become so difficult for many people. You would read something on the internet and you would be like how is that even possible? For instance, many iPhone users who claim to be the masters of their device do not know many things about it. iOS’ continuous updates and new introductions have made it quite difficult to stay abreast with every new feature.
Most of the iPhone users may not be aware of the fact that they can use their device as a joystick. Yes, you have heard it right, iPhone can be used as a joystick to play games on the Apple TV and Mac. As you may have already known that Siri Remote allows you to play games on Apple TV (works as a joystick), but some users do not get the feel of gaming through Siri Remote. In that case, they can either buy an expensive game controller as in SteelSeries Nimbus or they can turn their iPhone into a controller.
Using the iPhone as a Joystick for Apple TV:
The 4th generation Apple TV supports a variety of MFi game controllers, but they do not come for cheap. If you are a passionate gamer then you can consider investing in such controllers, but if you are just a casual gamer then you shouldn’t look beyond iPhone’ joystick capability. All you need to do is to get the Apple TV Remote app and your iPhone is all set to be the joystick for playing games on Apple TV.
The Apple TV Remote app doesn’t only let you play games, but it also can replace Siri Remote for other functionalities as well. Install and launch this app on your iPhone and it will present you with a game controller icon on the top of the screen. Tap it and you will enter the landscape view to use your device as a joystick. It will have a touch screen surface on the left while two buttons on the right. It is surely not as functional as a game controller, but it is capable of getting the job done for casual gamers.
On Computer and Mac:
Since most computer/Mac games are detailed as compared to the Apple TV games, you will need to download a third-party app to accommodate these games via your iPhone. Many third-party apps are built for this purpose and therefore you have quite a few options to choose from. One of these apps is The Ultimate Gamepad. The reason why it is one of the best apps is that it is free and updates quite regularly which eliminates bugs and crashes.
This app offers a very simple user-interface and all you need to do is to follow the on-screen instructions. It supports Windows, Linux and Mac and the basic requirement for this app to work is that the user must install Ultimate Control Receiver on their Mac/PC to establish a connection with iPhone. Once you have installed it on both devices, simply select the Ultimate Game Controller in the list of connections on the iPhone app.
Once the connection is established, launch the game on the device and use your iPhone as the joystick. You will feel the real experience of gaming via this app. It offers all the detailed functionalities and it is just like a PS4 or Xbox digital controller. This one is specifically for the passionate gamers who want complete functionalities and this app is actually developed by a group of gamers.
So as said earlier, your iPhone isn’t just a camera, music player, or a video streamer, it is also a joystick as well. Sure, a little effort and practice is required to ace your iPhone as a controller, but once you are settled, you will love every bit of it. So, the bottom line is that why would anyone invest in expensive game controllers when they already have an iPhone?