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When Apple revealed the new gaming-capable version of the Apple TV, developers spotted an interesting tidbit in the fine print: it was possible to make games that required a third-party controller. This would mean that games wouldn't be restricted to just those that used the new, Wii-like motion-sensing remote that comes with the device. However, it looks like that's no longer the case.
"Your game may not require the use of a controller."
As Touch Arcade reports, Apple has since updated its developer requirements for games that use a traditional gamepad. "Your game must support the Apple TV remote," the company now says. "Your game may not require the use of a controller." This is different from the previous outline, which said that "you can require an extended game controller" though at the time the company said that this was "highly discouraged." According to Apple, the controller requirements "are designed to make sure that games are always playable."
While the new remote appears to be pretty capable for games — it has a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, several buttons, and a touchpad — this shift in direction means that more traditional, console-style games will be forced to require motion or touch controls in order to launch on the device. And while the new Apple TV isn't exactly an Xbox, this seemingly minor change could discourage some developers from supporting it.
As for Apple TV owners, this likely means that you can expect plenty of Wii Sports-like games in the style of Harmonix's Beat Sports— just make sure you buy the optional wrist strap for extra protection.