What you need to know
- Game controller emulation is coming with the macOS Big Sur 11.3 update.
- The feature will let users map a keyboard and mouse to an app or game instead of needing a controller.
Game controller emulation is on its way to macOS Big Sur.
The new feature was discovered by Steve Moser, a contributor for the outlet.
"I finally found where the Game Controller Emulation images I found in a previous beta live. This should help iPad game devs bring their games to macOS without having to figure out how to map controller buttons to the keyboard. I really like that this will be a unified experience."
The feature will help users without a controller use their keyboard or keyboard and mouse combo in place of a controller. This will come especially in handy for iPhone or iPad apps that have been adapted for the Mac.
When running an iPhone or iPad app, opening up the preferences brings up a Touch Alternatives and Game Control interface that can be used to make touch-based iPhone and iPad apps run better with Mac controls.
With Controller Emulation toggled on, common game controller buttons are mapped to keyboard keys and mouse buttons. X, for example, is mapped to Q, the direction stick is mapped to WASD, and Y is mapped to E. L1 and L2 can be accessed by pressing Tab and Shift, respectively, and the Space Bar is the A button.
If you prefer a controller and are wondering which one to get, check out our list of the Best Gaming Controllers for Mac in 2021.
It is still unclear when macOS Big Sur 11.3 will be available to the public. The release is currently on the fourth developer beta, so it should not be too long before all of us get to enjoy this new feature.