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Apple TV Increases Game Support With Touch And Motion-Based Remote

by Mike Futter on Sep 09, 2015 at 08:44 AM

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Earlier in the week, we shared a report that Apple was finally giving gaming in the living room a solid push. While the new Apple TV is certainly a step toward that, the result is more Wii than Xbox or PlayStation.

The Apple TV will support a variety of apps and voice control with Siri. It also comes with a touch-based remote that also supports motion controls.

A new version of Crossy Road with Apple TV-exclusive multiplayer support was on display (other players can use an iPhone, iPod, or iPad). Harmonix also took the stage to unveil Beat Sports. The game is a music-powered sports collection. On stage, the studio showed of a baseball mini-game, in which players must swat balls back at monsters. Also featured were Guitar Hero Live and a Rayman title.

The new AppleTV will be out in October for $149 (32 GB) or $199 (64 GB). 

Update: Actvision will also be bringing Skylanders Superchargers and Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved to Apple TV. Additionally, Apple has confirmed Made For iOS (MFi) controller support.

 

Our Take
While more gaming (beyond what was showcased on stage) is likely to make its way to AppleTV, it isn’t a full-force effort. Without a good controller and a robust library of compelling content, this is just a Wii without its greatest asset: Nintendo.