Apple TV Gets Real Video Game Controllers

first_img iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week This really does seem to be the year when Apple has finally realized that it is one of the biggest video games platform holders considering the sheer variety of games (however free-to-play poisoned) on devices like iPhone and iPad. First we got a surprise look at games like Elder Scrolls: Blades and augmented reality Angry Birds that felt as traditional a game demo as we’ve ever gotten from Apple. But this was just a prelude to the announcement of Apple Arcade, Apple’s upcoming premium video game subscription service set to take on rivals like Google Stadia later this year.And at WWDC we learned another small but pretty exciting new detail about Apple’s new gaming initiatives. Real video game controllers are coming to Apple TV.Aside from the sketchy business models, controllers have always been the biggest issue for gaming on Apple products. The native touch screens aren’t suited for more precise hardcore games, and neither was the nifty but simple remote for the original Apple TV. These devices do support third-party controllers with more normal interfaces, but those have always felt like weird niche products that Apple and other developers hold at arm’s length. I don’t see many people plugging their iPhones into Gamevice.However, with Apple TV’s upcoming tvOS 13 players will be able to use the most widely used video game controllers imaginable: the Xbox One controller and DualShock 4 for PlayStation 4. Instead of using some knock-off controller on Apple TV, just use the good controller you already own from your console. These controllers are also both standards that developers are already very familiar with. Games like Flappy Fighter have found brilliant ways to translate deep gameplay to intuitive touch controls, but real controllers will make it much smoother for traditional games to come to Apple TV and Apple Arcade.So add Apple to the list of companies Sony and Microsoft have now decided to play nice with. But Apple has its eyes set on more than just video games. Here’s the latest on Apple’s plans for news, TV shows, and even credit cards. Stay on targetlast_img

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