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Is Luna Controller MFi?

Last Updated Jul 29, 2022
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When shopping for a controller, it is very important to consider compatibility. This is because some consoles aren’t compatible with certain controllers. This is particularly pertinent with Apple devices, as the Apple ecosystem is somehow isolated and closed in general.

Luna Controller is MFi, which means it works very well on iPhones and iPads. Also, it can be used on Macs.

After looking at this compatibility in detail, we will examine how you can connect your Luna controller to any of your Apple devices and how to set up a newly acquired Luna controller.

Do Luna Controllers Work With Apple?

Apple developed the MFi tag in 2005 for products used with the iPods. It simply means “Made for iOS.” Since then, the term has evolved to mean any device that is compatible with iOS devices like iPhones and iPads.

Luna Controllers are multipurpose cloud gaming controllers that allow you to play games on the Amazon Luna cloud gaming platform. As these controllers are fully compatible with Apple devices like iPhones, iPads, and Macs, they are deserving of the MFi tag.

Asides from playing games on the Luna platform on your iOS device or Mac, the Luna controller also allows you to play games offline on Mac by connecting the controller to the computer via Bluetooth or USB cable. However, this feature isn’t available on iPhones and iPads.

Set Up Luna Controller

A new Luna controller has to go through the proper setup process before you are able to enjoy it. To set up your controller, follow the steps below:

  • Download the Luna controller app on your device. You’ll find it on the Apple store or Google play store, depending on your device.
  • Install the batteries and power the controller by pressing the action button for three seconds. You’ll see a teal-colored light around the button that notifies you that it is powered on.
  • Open the Luna controller app and click on “Set up a new device”. Afterward, follow the on-screen instructions to the end.

You can now connect your controller to any compatible device to start gaming.

How To Connect Luna Controller With iOS Device

There is only one way you can connect a Luna controller to your iOS device: by using cloud direct. Of course, that isn’t connecting the controller to the device but more like using the controller on the device.

Connect Via Cloud Direct

This remains the best way to connect your Luna controller to an iPad or iPhone. To do this, after setting up the controller, power on the device. Open the Luna app on your iPhone or iPad. Open the app and select the game you want to play. Select Luna controller as the controller option, and you can start gaming. Again, it should be noted that the controller is connected to the cloud rather than your iPhone or iPad.

How To Connect Luna With Mac

Connect Via Cloud Direct

This is the best and standard way to play games on Luna cloud on Mac. However, it only works for playing Luna games and is not available for offline gaming. This is because the cloud directly connects the controller to the gaming platform rather than connecting it with the Mac.

To connect, just go to the Luna platform and select the Luna controller as the controller option.

The main benefit of using cloud direct is that you get a massively reduced latency. Also, you don’t have to worry about reconnecting the controller to the Mac next time you want to game, as the controller automatically detects when it’s ready to be used.

Connect Via Bluetooth

To connect the Luna controller to your Mac through Bluetooth, you first have to set the controller to discoverable. To do this, hold down the action button located on the left of the Amazon Luna home button and the B button simultaneously.

After a few seconds, the home button will show a faint teal ring of light that will signify that it is ready to connect to Bluetooth. You can then put on the Bluetooth on your Mac and search for available devices. Select the Luna controller and pair both devices.

Connect with A USB-C cable

You can also connect your Luna controller to Mac with a USB-C cable. There is no complicated process here, as you only have to plug the end meant for the controller in the USB port on the bottom and connect the other end to the Mac.

The issue with using this method is that the length of the cable will constrict your movement. However, it has the additional benefit of making the controller’s batteries last longer as the batteries don’t get drained with a USB connection.

Conclusion

You can use a Luna controller to play games on your iOS device, especially on the Luna cloud gaming service. You can also use the Luna controller on Mac by connecting via any cloud direct, Bluetooth, or USB-C cable.

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