Bluetooth Controllers to Turn Your iPad Into a Gaming Tablet

Turn your iPad into a portable gaming wonder.

The iPad, with its gorgeous touchscreen, has long been a home for casual, touch-based games. But more and more high-end games, some from consoles or PCs, are coming to the iPad. You could use the on-screen “buttons,” but it’s just not ideal. Instead, grab one of these Bluetooth controllers.

Easy to Hold

One of the best ever made, this product also includes a headphone jack so you can game without disturbing anyone nearby. Microsoft

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Newer iPads have remarkably powerful processors and graphics capabilities. Games like Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Stardew Valley now support Bluetooth controllers on the iPad, and the experience is truly amazing. Throw the controller into your bag and you’ve got a big-screen, amazing portable gaming device.

Rechargeable Battery

This item comes in various designs inspired by gaming systems of the past. It supports the iPad and several other consoles. 8Bitdo

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The problem is, not just any controller will work with the iPad. Apple only supports a few, through its “Made for iPhone/iPad” program—you’ll have to do a little research to make sure that the controller you like will actually be recognized by the iPad.

Built-In Speaker

You can’t use this product’s touch panel with the iPad—but, then, you’ve already got a full touchscreen on your tablet. PlayStation

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With more and more games coming to the iPad, including from its subscription service Apple Arcade, the iPad is becoming a more and more capable gaming device. After all, the Nintendo Switch is essentially just an Android tablet made by Nintendo; why can’t the iPad, which is just as powerful, become a major gaming force, too?