If you want to connect a Sony DualShock controller, Xbox One or Xbox 360 controller as a Remote Control for your Mac, the best way to do it is using a new app called Controlly.
Controlly is an easy way to connect a console gamepad to a Mac as it not only supports bluetooth but allows you to customize just about every button control.
Controlly turns any PS4 DualShock controller or XBox One gamepad into a remote control for your Mac which can do just about anything.
If you suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or have disability issues with your hands, Controlly makes it much easier to control your Mac without using the Trackpad or keyboard.
Note that Controlly is not specifically designed for gaming – it’s more a way of mapping a controller to remote control your Mac although you could easily map keyboard controls for a game to it.
It’s also not to be confused with a remote desktop tool for your Mac which are used for accessing Macs remotely.
Rather, it’s a remote control mapping tool for PS4 and Xbox controllers which simply allows you to navigate around your Mac as long as you are in range of bluetooth.
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With Controlly, you can control your Mac cursor without touching the Trackpad and use it like an Apple TV remote for scrolling through content and other media in macOS.
Controlly is much more than just a key mapping tool which usually only allow you to map one number or key to a function on the controller.
Controlly allows you to configure keyboard shortcuts, mouse movement and scrolling all of which is impossible with key mapping software.
Controlly allows you to visually define exactly what you want different buttons on your PS4 or XBox controller to do such as launch Mission Control, Expose, iTunes and more.
How To Add a PS4 or Xbox One Controller To Your Mac
To connect your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One Controller to your Mac follow these instructions.
- Download Controlly
- Put the controller into bluetooth pairing mode
- On your Mac make sure bluetooth is turned on and go to System Preferences > Bluetooth to connect to the controller
You then simply use the Controlly interface to map out the different actions you want your gamepad to control on your Mac.
Controlly is free for 7 days but after that it costs $3.99 to continue using it.