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Apple adding support for PS4, Xbox One controllers to iOS, TVOS and MacOS

Apple is ramping up its gaming chops by announcing support for two of the most popular gaming controllers ahead of the fall launch of Apple Arcade.

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Xbox One controllers will be supported by Apple TV.

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Apple announced that the  Apple TV will soon be compatible with Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 controllers, with support also coming to iOS 13 and MacOS Catalina as well.

"We're extending support to the two best and most popular game controllers available -- the Xbox One S , and the PlayStation 4," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at WWDC 2019.

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Apple launched its Arcade gaming subscription service at an event in March that rounds up exclusive games for the Apple TV, MacOS and iOS

"Apple Arcade is also going to look amazing on the Apple TV 4K this fall," Cook said. Key games on the service include The Enchanted World, Where Cards Fall and Shinsekai: Into the Depths.

Apple has yet to announce if all of the controllers' features -- such as rumble or headphone out -- will be supported.

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Read more: Apple TV gets multi-user feature on TV and Apple Music apps

The event comes as software and services are taking on even greater importance for Apple. The company still sells millions of iPhones every quarter, but sales aren't soaring like they used to. People are holding onto their devices for longer, or use competing devices, which makes it important to give them services that get them paying monthly. Apple has made augmented reality, mobile payments, streaming music and other areas into key focuses over the past couple of years.

This is a developing story. Follow our WWDC liveblog, and see all of today's Apple news.

CNET's Shara Tibken and Eli Blumenthal contributed to this story.