How to connect a PS4 or Xbox One controller to your Mac


Apple Mac is one of the best-selling computers on the market with millions of units shipped every year. Apple refreshes its Mac family on an annual basis, adding new features to the operating system. This year, the Cupertino firm refreshed its Mac mini and MacBook Air following months of anticipation. The Mac mini had been neglected for four years, but Apple finally revamped it in 2018. The new Mac mini retains the same design language as the previous model, but with one major change: it is now available in Space Grey color option. Besides, the new device marks Apple’s shift to recycled aluminum. Under the hood, the new Mac is powered by Intel’s 8th-gen Coffee Lake processors for a much-improved performance.

The MacBook Air finally got an upgrade at this year’s October event. The new Air comes with a slew of improvements like an improved design, a Retina display, and a new chip. The new MacBook Air becomes a compelling choice on the market after the update. Apple is expecting to ship more than 8 million Air units in 2019. Apple Mac lineup is designed to handle every task you throw at it ranging from editing images to playing games. In reality, video games are not something popular on a Mac, but Apple’s computer lineup is still a better choice for gaming.

If you are a big fan of games on Mac, then you may have wanted to connect Sony’s DualShock 4 or Microsoft’s Xbox One controller to your Mac. On the surface, the DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller is not designed to work with macOS, but you can connect a gaming controller to a Mac system using Bluetooth or USB cable. With that in mind, we are here to help.

In the section below, we will show you how to connect a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller to a Mac. Before we begin, make sure you now have a modern version of macOS. macOS Mojave is now available, so it’s a good idea to keep your device up-to-date.

  1. How to connect a PlayStation 4 controller to your Mac

Sony’s Dual Shock 4 is designed for use with PlayStation 4 gaming console. However, you can easily connect it to your Mac to improve your gaming experience. In reality, there are a few ways that you can plug your gaming controller into your machine, but we are going for the easiest method. Before we begin, make sure you now have a micro USB cable by your side.

Step one: First off, connect your PS4 gaming controller to your Mac using a micro-USB cable and then press the PlayStation button in the middle of the controller

Step two: Next up, click on Apple icon at the top of the screen and then select About this Mac from the drop-down menu


Step three: Now click System Report and then choose USB. After that, select your gaming controller from the list of all wireless devices. If you don’t see your PS4 controller on the list, then reboot your device and repeat the process.

Note that if you are running a Steam game on your Mac, the good news is that Steam now fully supports Sony’s DualShock 4 gaming controller. This means that you don’t need to install any additional apps or tweak any settings on your device.

Alternatively, you can connect your PS4 gaming controller to your Mac using Bluetooth. The process is simple as it won’t require any additional software or cables. To do this, you can follow our guide below.

Step one: Click on Apple icon at the top and then select System Preferences from the drop-down menu

Step two: Next up, click Bluetooth and then hold down the PlayStation button and Share button at once to put your controller in Discovery mode

Step three: Once you are done, click Pair when you see your controller from the list.

  1. How to connect an Xbox One controller to your Mac

If you are an Xbox fan, then you can use your controller to play games on Mac. You need to buy a micro-USB cable to make sure things work perfectly. You can follow our step-by-step guide below.

Step one: First off, download the most recent version of 360Controller at GitHub, and then double-click the.DMG file you downloaded earlier and run the 360Controller installation

Step two: Follow the instructions to complete the setup (your Mac should restart during the process) and then open System Preferences on your Mac


Step three: Now select Xbox360 Controllers and then connect your Xbox One controller to your Mac. Once you are done, you now can use your Xbox One controller to play games on your Apple Mac.

If you stumble upon any issues during the process, don’t hesitate to share with us in the comments below.

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