How to use Blutrol to use game controllers on jailbroken iOS devices

Our guide to game controllers on Android talks about an app that allows you to use a range of game controllers to control Android games, with the root ability to have buttons emulate touch input, resulting in compatibility with games without support being built into them. This is a very powerful tool, and now jailbroken iOS devices are starting to get a similar app.

Bluetrol itself isn’t new, but a recent update put it one step closer to the functionality of its Android equivalent, by adding support for analog sticks. You can then map any of the buttons on your game controller to parts of the screen, and by matching this up with on-screen controls using a screenshot, you can get game controller support in a ton of games.

The video above shows you how, and it’s fairly straight forward. I only have a PhoneJoy controller that’s compatible with this right now, but hope to test it with a PS3 controller soon. I’ve had some issues with random button presses with the PhoneJoy, and I need to test with other controllers to determine whether the controller or the app is at fault. In the meanwhile, you can get Blutrol in the Cydia store for jailbroken iOS devices if you want to give it a shot yourself.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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2 thoughts on “How to use Blutrol to use game controllers on jailbroken iOS devices

  • Avatar of Ben
    April 1, 2013 at 11:13 am
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    What makes Android’s implementation of this better? I’ve never used either and am thinking about using either my Mini or my Bionic as a “console” and want to make an informed decision. I *think* that I would rather have the iOS game selection, but if the controller setup is deficient then it may not be worth it.

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    • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård
      April 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm
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      USB/BT Joystick Center has broader game controller support, more control methods, and more options for everything. I’ve had much more luck with it than Blutrol

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