Gaming Controller Buttons Are Coming to Your Mac Keyboard

After Apple added game controller emulation to the 11.3 beta version of macOS Big Sur, rumor is the tech giant will go one step further and offer controller buttons within the Mac keyboard.

To use these new features, all you’ll have to do is go to the Preferences menu of a gaming app on either iPad or iPhone, says MacRumors. There, you should find a Game Control feature that when accessed can map the buttons on your controller to the Mac keyboard and mouse.

Basically, the left thumbstick of your controller will be replaced by the WASD keys while the right one will be replaced by the mouse.

That sounds pretty straightforward, right?

Only Apple forgot one thing: users prefer binding their own keys. Especially when those will change from game to game.

Depending on the game developers’ personal preferences when it comes to controller buttons and in-game actions, you might find that the spacebar helps your character jump in one game, fire, or access the inventory in another.

That can get confusing and annoying – fast. We’ll have to wait and see whether Apple addresses these potential issues before they make the feature public or if they’ll have to make updates after user feedback.

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