During the macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta, Apple has improved and improved the way iPad and iPhone apps run on M1 Macs. In the latest beta, Apple has added game controller emulation for M1 devices so that a keyboard or keyboard and mouse combination can act as a game controller.
The new game control feature was discovered by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser. When you run an elleriPhone or iPad app, a Touch Alternatives and Game Control interface opens that can be used to make touch-based iPhone and iPad apps work better with Mac controls.
When Controller Emulation is turned on, standard game controller buttons are assigned to keyboard keys and mouse buttons. For example, X is mapped to Q, the directional pin is mapped to WASD, and Y is mapped to E. L1 and L2 can be reached by pressing Tab and Shift, respectively, and the space bar is the A button.
Controller Emulation will allow iPhone and iPad games that have built-in controller support to be accurately controlled with the keyboard and / or mouse when playing these games on a M1 Mac. This feature is designed for those who do not have a game controller, as those who can only connect a controller to play.
MacOS 11.3 Big Sur beta also includes the aforementioned Touch Alternatives panel for mapping touch-based features such as push, swipe, drag and swipe to the keyboard keys, and it has a feature to make iPhone and iPad app windows larger.
Control emulation and touch options work independently, and only one of these functions can be activated at a time.
In terms of game control support, many current controllers from Sony and Microsoft are compatible with M1 Macs, and the beta adds support for the latest PlayStation 5 and Xbox One X controllers.