An app “Controlly” has been released that allows you to use the PlayStation and Xbox controllers as wireless remote controls for Mac. It is already available on the Mac App Store.
This app was developed by Hugo Respector, who created the El Trackpad, which turns your iPhone or iPad into a Mac multi-touch compatible trackpad. Although it looks like a similar concept, the El TrackPad required a wired USB connection, but Controlly is completely wireless.
In addition to moving the cursor using the analog stick, this app also allows you to set shortcuts for each button on the controller. Multiple options are available, such as screen brightness and media control, launchPad and Mission Control calls, desktop display and volume control. The button has some features set by default, but you can change it at any time later.
A video of Mr. Respector himself using DUALSHOCK 4 for PS4 to freely control his Mac is also tweeted. It may take some getting used to, but you can see that all operations are performed smoothly.
I wanted to use a game controller as a remote for Mac, but I couldn’t find an app for that. So I’ve built one myself and it’s now available on the App Store 🎮🥳: https://t.co/HEkFXUtMeL
– Hugo Lispector (@hugolispector) February 8, 2021
Setting up Controlly is very easy, just install and open the app, connect your PS or Xbox controller to your Mac via Bluetooth and you’re done. You can also use other MFi certified game controllers.
MacOS Big Sur is required for operation. You can try it for free for 7 days, and if you like it, you can pay an in-app purchase ($ 3.99) to unlock it and continue using it. It seems to be useful when you want to relax and watch videos and music on your Mac, or browse files.
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