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What’s the best way to game on a Mac?
As an Apple gamer, you’ve probably heard this joke before, as your PC gaming friend sends you an image of him playing Counter-Strike on his PC while he uses a MacBook as a mousepad.
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Nevertheless, Apple products have some of the most powerful hardware available. With a little tweaking, and some hardware upgrades, you’ll be able to provide your snickering friend with an informed answer next time he tries to troll you.
Your Mac can use all sorts of controllers, whether wired or wireless, as well as official console controllers or generic options. Of course, for some genres (like shooters and strategy games) a mouse and keyboard is far superior. But a controller is much more suitable for platformers or racing games.
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If you already own a game console, there’s a good chance that you can pair its controller to your Mac:
PlayStation 4: Use Bluetooth to pair your DualShock 4 to your Mac, or just connect it with a USB cable.
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Nintendo Switch: Nintendo’s Joy-Con and the Pro Controller also work over Bluetooth. First shut down your Switch to stop it from connecting to the controller. Then simply hold down the black pairing button on the side of the Joy-Con (the part that clicks into the Switch) until the green lights start flashing. For a Pro Controller, you’ll find the pairing button on top of the controller by the charging port. On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth, find the controller, and hit Connect.
Xbox: Unfortunately for Xbox users, because of Microsoft’s proprietary controller interface, you’ll need special software to connect your controller. There’s no easy way to connect it wirelessly, but installing an app called 360Controller will let you connect it via a USB cable.
If you don’t own a controller already and are interested...
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