The newest iPad Pro not only features Apple’s own M1 processor, but it also supports both the latest Xbox Series X/S controllers and the PS5’s
DualSense, complete with haptics.Speaking during Apple’s Spring Loaded event,
iPad Product Marketing Manager Raja Bose was discussing how the graphics of the new iPad Pro are vastly improved thanks to the M1 processor’s 8-core GPU when he also revealed the news about the controllers.
“You can also play the latest games with console-quality graphics at super-high framerates. This raw performance, along with the ProMotion display, four speakers, and now, support for the latest PlayStation or Xbox game controllers with haptics, makes playing games on iPad Pro insanely fun.” Bose said.
While Bose didn’t go into any further detail, a DualSense was shown on screen as he was discussing the controllers and haptics, hinting iPad Pro developers may be able to take advantage of the unique feature set offered by the DualSense, as well as the latest Xbox controller.
This also means that the new iPad Pro will have better PlayStation controller support than the PS4 currently has, as it doesn’t currently support the DualSense natively, even though the PS3 does.The 11-inch iPad Pro will retail for $799 and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro costs $1,099. Preorders on both models open on April 30th and will release in the second half of May.
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