ATV4 gaming - do you agree with Apple ?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Che Castro, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    that all games must use the Siri remote first , you can't have a game in the App Store that's third party controller only

    Apples thinking is that not everybody is going to buy a gaming controller so all games must use the Siri remote

    Also they don't just want ports of current games in the AppStore , they want developers to come out with new exciting games that use the Siri remote

    What is your take on this ? Some devs are mad about this and some welcome the challenge

    Here's a new article on it
  2. 321estrellas macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2007
    I think Apple is shooting themselves in the foot by limiting the ATV4 like this. There could be so much potential with ATV gaming but Apple can't limit the devs like this.

    If all games MUST use the Siri remote, then that's fine, but at least have the controller as an alternative, not as a "2nd player or more" only type thing.

    I can't imagine using the Siri remote to be all that exciting with games, but I would love to be proven wrong.

    What would really be awesome is if an iPhone can be used as a controller AND screen. Kind of like how Wii U uses their gamepad and TV for separate purposes.
  3. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    Games consoles with a heavy requirement on optional extra hardware have always faced difficulties in the market. Even worse if the component is third party.

    It fragments the market for games. The best games require the extra component, which annoys customers, but with only a part of the market owning that component it becomes risky for the developer to commit to it. The confusion causes lack of commitment from either customer or developers.

    This goes back a while, beyond Kinect (spit), to things like SegaCD and plenty of other dead-ends in between.

    So Apple are absolutely right to insist all games run on the minimum hardware. But it's so tedious and predictable that the minimum hardware just isn't cut out for 'real' games. I do wish they'd get over the rectangle and circle fetish and realise some thing need to be shaped to fit the purpose at hand (literally in the case).
  4. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Shooting selves in the foot.

    Also the new stance on removing people's past purchase history willy nilly.

    Who would buy from App store now? Sticking with my Steambox.
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    There will be people who buy it without reading requirements, so I can fully understand Apples thinking. No one says the remote support has to be good for a game.
  6. 321estrellas macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2007
    I will still buy...of course it's not going to compete with PC and console gaming, but maybe just taking mobile device gaming a step up.

    I will be happy to buy $1-5 games to let my toddler daughter have fun with. Better than buying a Wii/WiiU and paying $60 a game!

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