The iPad Is Getting Keyboard And Mouse Support For Gaming

Even though no one is allowed to attend in person, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference for 2020 is going ahead this week as a virtual event. One of the new announcements to come out of it is that keyboard and mouse gaming will be possible on iPad from June 25, as well as increased support for new controller types.

The news from the conference was tweeted out by games personality Wario64, along with some info from a video mainly aimed at developers, announcing that keyboard, mouse and trackpad controls will now be supported through the Game Controller framework.

Unfortunately for gamers, the update doesn’t mean you’ll be able to immediately plug a keyboard and mouse mouse in and start playing your favorite iPad game. You’ll have to keep an eye out for news from developers on when and whether support for different control schemes will be added.

The news also included updated support for newer third-party controllers such as the Xbox Elite Series 2 and the Xbox Adaptive Controller–one of the most accessible and important controllers currently on the market.

The WWDC20 showcase will continue until June 26, and can be followed on Apple’s website, YouTube or via the Apple Developer app for iOS.