Just Dance Controller (formerly known as Just Dance 2015 Controller) is a free app by Ubisoft where players can use a smart phone and play Just Dance 2015 (only on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4), Just Dance 2016, Just Dance 2017, Just Dance 2018, Just Dance 2019 (only on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4), and Just Dance 2019 (only on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Google Stadia) for the Wii U, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. The app was an update to the Just Dance 2015 Motion Controller.
How it works
This app is only compatible with the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch versions of Just Dance 2016, Just Dance 2017, Just Dance 2018, and Just Dance 2019 (the PC and Nintendo Switch versions of the game are compatible with the app for 2017 and onward). However, on Just Dance 2015 and Just Dance 2019, the app is only usable with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game.
With the use of the app, the phone can be used as a controller to count the player’s moves. The phone will work similar to that of a Wii/PlayStation Move/Joy-Con remote. The app also allows song selection through the phone. It also makes a sound when the player achieves a star or performs a Gold Move correctly.
As mentioned before, this app was an update for the Just Dance 2015 Motion Controller app, as it works with Just Dance 2015 as well, but only on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, just like the Just Dance 2015 Motion Controller app. The update just adds support for the Wii U, PC, and Nintendo Switch consoles for later Just Dance games.
In Just Dance 2016, if the game fails to register moves correctly and counts them as multiple Xs, the game will disconnect the phone in order to refresh it and calibrate the phone for more accurate tracking.
On Just Dance 2015, an update for the game is required in order for the app to work for the game.
The app mainly is used by Xbox One players without a Kinect, PlayStation 4 players without a Move or Camera, and Wii U players without a WiiMote.
In an update on the Just Dance 2016 version (Version 2.2.0) of the app, the Ubisoft logo animation movie was added but it mistakenly had the logo music from Just Dance 2015. This was later fixed in a later update (Version 2.3.2). It was later being removed in the 2018 version (Version 4.0.1) due to the new Ubisoft logo revealed in the UbiBlog on May 31st, 2017.
The game can be played without the app. When that option is selected, players will not be able to score. However, there is an option to connect the phone to the game.
On the coach selection screen, it shows a warning that no phones are connected and scoring is not possible. The starbar is also removed during gameplay.
In the Just Dance 2018 version (Version 4.0.1) of the app, the photo booth option was removed.
In the Just Dance 2019 version (Version 5.0.0) of the app, compatibility with Just Dance 2015 and the ability to edit the player’s Dancer Card outside of the game was removed.
This is due to the shutdown announcement of the online servers for Just Dance 2015 on November 19, 2018.
On an unknown date, a Just Dance TV feature was added and the option to log onto one’s Ubisoft account was added for said version of the app, as well as re-enabling the option to edit the player's Dancer Card outside of the game.
Both features were removed once again on an unknown date.