iOS 13, iPadOS and tvOS 13 are compatible with the most popular Bluetooth controllers in the world: the Xbox and PlayStation. This is not a scoop, since the support of these devices is available since the very first beta of these operating systems. It must be agreed that this support is welcome and timely for the launch of Apple Arcade.
Apple delivers some more details in a new datasheet. iOS 13 and others therefore fully support the wireless controller for Xbox One (model 1708, the revision of 2016 released at the same time as the Xbox One S), which can currently be found around 50 € on Amazon. This is not its lowest price: Amazon has already proposed this year at 35 €.
The other iOS 13 compatible controller is the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4, but beware, the CUH-ZCT1U is not compatible with the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. It is sold around € 50, but watch the promo periods: last November, Amazon proposed it at € 33.
Among the other controllers that should be supported but that Apple does not list, there is the Elite 2 model for the Xbox and SN30 Pro + 8BitDo, which is a bit special: it only works for the moment wired with iPad Pro. The 'Made for iPhone' controllers are still supported. Apple offers some third-party models, which will not be very interesting if you have an Xbox or a PS4 at home.
Connecting with an iOS device, an Apple TV or a Mac is relatively simple. On the Xbox controller, press and hold the Connect button for a few seconds; on the DualShock, press the PS and Share buttons at the same time until the bar is flashing. Next, navigate to the Bluetooth settings on your devices, and pair the device.
(tagsToTranslate) iOS 13 (t) Accessories