ReviewtechUSA thoughts on ATV gaming

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cynics, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012


    How do you guys feel about gaming now and the future of gaming on the ATV?

    Rich at reviewtechusa is abrasive and sometimes comes off as a prick but don't let that take away from what he is saying. Personally I'm not getting the ATV4 for gaming, however I think that could be part of the problem. I can't see any devs investing (wasting) time when the market might not exist.

    Curious about your guys thoughts.
  2. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    I have mixed reactions about this guy, plus a review while you watch him play some other game? :rolleyes:

    I don't think he's as smart as he thinks he is.

    It's also not like Apple won't ever change their policy with the remote with games.

    I don't think this guy's ever used an AppleTV anyways.

    I had a Shield and as awesome as it is, the games I was interested in cost a lot more than Steam versions I already owned and the other Android games I wanted I already have on iOS, and I contacted the developers to make them AppleTV compatible.

    My reviews after actually using the micro consoles is here (gonna do AppleTV next):

    Plus, this guy seems to be a "Mega-Console-Gaming-Guru" and I'm finding out these "media boxes with games" really don't and never will compete with real consoles, especially the ones that are the same price (Shield, AppleTV 4) as the previous generation of consoles (and double the price of used ones).
  3. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Ignore the reviewer as a person. I'm more curious about what you think about the future of gaming on an AppleTV. If it carries any truth too it, 100 dollars a day? Yeah, that won't last long.
  4. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Popular last words when the iPhone and iPad came out:

    "Who would want touchscreen games on their phone and tablet?" :eek:
  5. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Do you feel that is a fair comparison? Sticking to the topic of ReviewtechUSA I agree with you about the input interface. Gaming on the AppleTV could be popular regardless of its remote.

    However I'm more curious about gaming on the ATV as a whole.

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    Obviously those numbers may have changed since 2014.

    However the point is, the Roku games. Its not very popular. What would convince devs to try the same thing on a seemingly less popular device? While the ATV maybe capable of MUCH better games I don't see devs actually developing them if their isn't a market there. And at 100 dollars a day...that seems to be the case.

    I guess only time will tell. Couple months past the holiday season and we'll find out.
  6. easy4lif macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2005
    Southbay CA
    Just to point out, its not his article. The orginal was on touch arcade. Hes just commenting on it

    And he has some points. Im personally not a fan of the remote. The design is, its just bad. Almost every night i have to phyically look at the remote to see which side is touch. There should have been only 4 buttons on the top of the remote, none near the touch sensor, and 2 on the side to denote volume.

    I could go on but just wanted to pount out where rich got his info.
  7. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I know, that's why I linked his source.

    I just got an ATV4 tonight. To my surprise, I'm not completely hating the remote. However I should add I've been able to use the remote app for entering login info. I think this remote would have been a royal pita to use for that and would have left a bad taste in my mouth.

    I don't have much interest in gaming quite yet to comment on that. I don't really see the remote being a good choice for gaming though. However in Apples defense I can understand why they'd want games to work with it (so you're not required to buy accessories) I'm just not sure if that is a good decision.
  8. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    People expecting the Apple TV to be a gaming machine are idiots. You guys read into the rumors wrong and put too much stock into them.
  9. wlossw macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    It's still very early in the product cycle... Let's wait for Christmas sales of hardware and for Apple to mature the os a little bit before we jump to conclusions... They are still adding features that should have shipped with the device (Siri for music, remote app)... There's plenty of time for them to tweak gaming.
  10. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Well, to be fair Apple spent a lot of time trying to sell the idea. The topic isn't whether it the best gaming machine or not. It more about the future of gaming on the AppleTV.

    I don't game a lot but I downloaded Asphalt 8 just cause it was free to get. After mashing ok a hundred times just to get me into a race I have to admit I did enjoy myself. I think I only enjoyed it because I'm not much of a gamer though. I couldn't really see anyone dedicating a lot of time to a game like that.

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