Apple TV to Gain Game Support With Bluetooth Controllers By March

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Apple TV could be getting long-awaited game support in an upcoming software update, according to a report from iLounge. It could include Bluetooth controller support and an Apple TV-based App Store.

    Turning the Apple TV into a game console-type device with an App Store has long been expected, with rumors dating back years suggesting that such a feature was in the works. MG Siegler wrote last year that Apple appeared to be moving closer to leveraging the Apple TV for television gaming.

    Steve Jobs himself said an App Store for the Apple TV was a possibility "when the time is right" in an interview in 2010. Apple and third-party hardware makers recently began shipping iOS 7 game controllers for iPhones, but they have been poorly received because of build quality issues and high price tags.

    iLounge has shared fairly accurate information on Apple's product plans several times in the past, suggesting it does indeed have reliable sources with access to Apple's supply chain.

    Article Link: Apple TV to Gain Game Support With Bluetooth Controllers By March
  2. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 2, 2007
    The post is coming from inside the house!
    Long-awaited good news. Please let this rumor finally pan out!

    I see all these new game controllers for iOS devices and shake my head. But for a big-screen gaming experience, they make a lot more sense.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2008
    San Jose
    Very exciting rumor! This could be huge news.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    FINALLY! Jeez been waiting a while for this. Now we need better processors and console quality!
  5. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    I only really buy the rumor if there's a new Apple TV model. Can't see it happening on the current version, not enough space, A5 processor.
  6. macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    Hopefully, 3rd-party apps will come with it (e.g., Plex).
  7. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Doesn't the current AppleTV only have like 8GB of storage?

    I'd first like to see a 4th gen with 16GB+ of storage with access to an expansive App Store before being concerned with bluetooth controller support.

    And, uh, native Plex app of course. I need that in my life.

    //yes I know about PlexConnect
  8. macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Personally, I'm excited for the dozen new incarnations of Angry Birds we'll see. :p
  9. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    That would be a weird and interesting way to go, vs. having first-party controllers. A hobby within a hobby? (Limited space would mean a lot of re-downloading: even if seamless, that's not instant.)

    But it WOULD add one more reason for Apple's refusal to allow a "Made for iOS" (MFi) badge on controllers that don't meet certain standards for analog control layout and feel.

    And I do like the idea, in that it might allow current/old AppleTV users to play too, along with whatever new AppleTV might come along.

    (A new first-party bundled remote is still needed, regardless. Has to be coming sooner or later.)
  10. macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    I think it could - the space would be the main issue, but it would be on par with iPad 2/Mini which are still supported devices. The resolution is a bit higher, but they could limit games to 720P and it would be very similar to performance on those devices.

    But then of course still release a new A7 based model.
  11. macrumors newbie


    Oct 20, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    Let me use my PS3 controller with my Apple TV and I'll be so extremely happy!
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
    wouldn't that mean new hardware too? I don't see many games running on the A5 (i mean it's ok but miles behind the A7)
  13. macrumors member

    Jared Strike

    Aug 10, 2013
    This would call for an Apple Media event no doubt. With new information available for developers at WWDC.

    Genius move. Make the hardware developers create the controllers and the app developers create the games while Apple reaps the benefits. It's actually a win win for everyone; consumers, developers and Apple!
  14. macrumors 601


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I think they should release a new Apple TV and put the App Store on there. Then there would be a higher-end baseline for software development going forward. The A5 chip with 512MB of ram isn't going to be much of a gaming powerhouse trying to run 1080p. But the upside to launching on current hardware is a larger install base for developers.

    Apple would absolutely kill it if they released an AppleTV style game console with bluetooth support and a controller designed by Apple. Price it at $249 with a quad A8X, 2GB ram. A system like that should be able to run higher-end games than a 360 or PS3, but still undercut the PS4 and One for casual gamers who also want the home entertainment features. The only thing I'm not sure about is storage space, which can quickly add cost and is necessary for storing console-quality games.

    I wonder how easily and cost-effective it is to scale up the cores of the PowerVR chipsets? Could maybe get away with a lower-spec'd A series chip that has tons of graphics cores.
  15. macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    This sounds like a feature that would require buying a new Apple TV.
  16. macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Ongame streaming model from that massive Datacenter they are building....

    Would that work ?;)
  17. macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2010
    No way on current hardware and in March.

    And don't forget it's not an A5 like on the iPad, it's half an A5.
  18. macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2008
    Detroit, MI
    I can't wait. Hopefully iPhones will be the default controllers.

    We have started just now to use the AppleTV and iPad for family gaming, SketchParty is a lot of fun.
  19. macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    If Apple is serious about the Apple TV being a gaming machine, they'll be making their own controllers, won't they?
  20. macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2010
  21. macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2008
  22. macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2003
    New hardware for this for sure but are they really going to break the $99 price model to have models with different storage options? hmmm...

    Game streaming idea sounds like a promising alternative.

    No storage issues to worry about, just purchase and play from the cloud, the game could be loaded into the internal memory on the fly while you play as the Xbox One does.
  23. macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    an app store is long overdue and hopefully software like xbmc, vlc and synology diskstation can run on it
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
  25. macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2005
    If I were Apple, these would be my specs and price points.

    Only one model:

    quad-core A7x
    bumped up SSD storage

    $99 plus optional $29 per bluetooth controller.

    $150 offer for unit and two controllers.

    If Apple did this, it would totally disrupt the current console model, where consoles and games cost a small fortune.

    At the time of release, Apple would also be smart to reveal that they've one of the major game developers. If it were me, I'd buy Blizzard.

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