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Genshin Controller Enabler

Enables native controller in Genshin for iOS 13, 12, 11, 10, and 9!

What is Genshin Controller Enabler?

Genshin Controller Enabler is an incredibly simple tweak that enables Genshin's official native controller support on iOS 13 and below.

What it actually does is simply make Genshin believe your device is running iOS 14.0, by spoofing Genshin's iOS version check (which simply calls the Objective-C method [[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion]).

Seriously, that's the only thing in the source code. (This is probably the simplest tweak I've ever written in my life.)

That being said, there are some caveats to be aware of:

  1. The Chat button does not work. For more information as to why, please see the section below. (The Chat button is the Touchpad button (PlayStation) or the VIEW button (MFi, Xbox).)
  2. [nControl on iOS 12 and below only] PlayStation button prompts do not show on iOS 12 and below. MFi / Xbox button prompts are displayed instead.
  3. There is a non-zero (but extremely low) ban risk since we're injecting code into the Genshin process. Please make sure that you fully understand that before using this tweak. That being said, the only thing this tweak does is change the reported iOS version, with no other modifications, so the ban risk should be extremely low. (Not to mention that Genshin does not even perform jailbreak detection and all the important game logic is server-side anyway…)

So… why did miHoYo make such a strange artificial limitation!?

Believe it or not, miHoYo has an actual reason(!!) for limiting Genshin's native controller support to only iOS 14 and above, though it is incredibly minor.

Basically, iOS 13 and below are actually missing a button in their controller support frameworks — specifically, the Touchpad button on a PlayStation controller, or the VIEW button on an MFi / Xbox controller. (For more information, refer to the Apple Developer documentation.)

That being said, the only use this button has in Genshin is solely just to bring up the Chat view, which in my opinion is definitely not critical to the playability of the game at all.

Therefore, simply by spoofing the iOS version, we can enable controller support on iOS versions below 14, albeit with a non-working Chat button!

Funnily enough, there are actually quite a lot of MFi controllers out there that just physically completely lack the VIEW button (they only have a single MENU button), so the same "there is no Chat button" limitation obviously applies to those too, even on iOS 14! ;P


How do I install Genshin Controller Enabler on my jailbroken iOS device?

Genshin Controller Enabler is available from Karen's Repo: https://cydia.akemi.ai/ (Tap here on your device to automatically add the repo!)

If you do not see Genshin Controller Enabler listed in Karen's Repo, then that just means you have another repository added that is also hosting a copy of Genshin Controller Enabler under the same package ID.

Please only ever install the official, unmodified release from Karen's Repo for your own safety!

By installing third-party modified versions of any tweak like Genshin Controller Enabler, you are putting the security and stability of your iOS device and your personal data at risk.


How do I build Genshin Controller Enabler?

First, make sure you have Theos installed. If you don't, please refer to the official documentation on how to set up Theos on your operating system of choice.

Once you've confirmed that you have Theos installed, open up Terminal and run the following commands:

git clone https://github.com/akemin-dayo/GenshinControllerEnabler.git
cd GenshinControllerEnabler
make
make package

And you should have a freshly built *.deb package file of Genshin Controller Enabler!


License

Licensed under the MIT License.

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