Video games are finally coming to the Apple TV. At an event today, Apple revealed a new version of its set-top box, and for the first time games will be available on the device thanks to a new App Store. The new Apple TV also includes a new remote with a touchpad, and as expected, it also features Wii-like motion controls thanks to a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope.
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Some of the first titles revealed for the device include Crossy Road, Rayman Adventures, Transistor, a mobile version of Guitar Hero Live, Skylanders SuperChargers, Geometry Wars 3, and even the previously console-focused Disney Infinity. Some of the games have new features — in the case of Crossy Road, the Apple TV version will introduce multiplayer play for the first time.
Rock Band studio Harmonix unveiled a new game called Beat Sports which combines the studio's knack for rhythm games with a sports title. It's an exclusive title for the Apple TV, and in addition to using the remote as a game controller, you can also use an iPhone or iPod Touch. It looks a lot like Wii Sports. Developers will be able to create universal apps so that you can pay once for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV version of a game, and cloud saves will also be supported so that you can carry progress over from one device to the next.
Apple isn't the first company to attempt to turn its set-top box into a tiny game console. When Amazon revealed the Fire TV last year, for example, it was announced alongside a proper game controller. Similarly, the recently launched Nvidia Shield is a gaming device that doubles as a set-top box. Apple teased a bigger focus on gaming last week, with the launch of a new Twitter feed.
While Apple has become a dominant force in mobile gaming thanks to the success of the iPhone and iPad, it will be facing much stiffer competition when it comes to gaming on a TV set. Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony are already well established, and the latest generation of consoles has been selling briskly — as of March the PlayStation 4 has sold more than 20 million units, while the Xbox One had moved 13 million consoles as of July.
The new, game-equipped Apple TV will be available in October for $149.