Earlier this week I put my thoughts regarding the New Apple TV on paper. I claimed that would be hard for developers to develop (triple A) games for the New Apple TV, but it turns out there are some “big” games on their way.
Games like Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars, Skylanders: Trap Team, Guitar Hero Live and Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, are on their way to the Apple TV.
The limit of 200MB (with the possibility for developers to let extra data being streamed to the New Apple TV to increase it someway) doesn’t seem to stop these games. The console versions of these games are a lot bigger than 200MB, but it turns out the transition to the Apple TV will not make any gameplay elements disappear
(not looking at the graphics).
Next to the fact that these games come to the Apple TV, these versions will also have several beneficts actually. The (New) Apple TV will support MFI-based gamepads, rather than any non-certified Bluetooth options as is said in its description. MFI is a kind of licensing program for device that want to connect to Apple products. But it seems Apple is turning things around. The newly (for all versions build) Bluetooth Guitar Hero Live instruments will work on all Apple devices. So not only the New Apple TV, but also on your iPhone and iPad. This wireless connecting is also true for the Disney Infinity Pad, this is in somehow ironic since the standard console version of them are wired.
Don’t forget about Skylanders, they will work the same way. This also make the games playable on all Apple Device, even when the TV is occupied. You can then simply switch to one of your mobile iOS devices and never stop playing. If you can also save your progress on you Apple ID/iCloud you can never stop playing
Sorry Sony Playstation.
Activision claimed: “If you already own a Bluetooth portal and controller from the iPad version of Skylanders Trap Team, you can use the same devices for Skylanders SuperChargers,” Activision says. “All you need to do is download the game and you are good to go.” Additionally, theSuperChargers Starter Pack for Apple devices includes a Bluetooth-enabled portal and an embedded Bluetooth controller.
So pretty sick if you ask me. Who knows maybe even Lego Dimensions will also come to the Apple TV. With that maybe even more and other games. Lesson learned: Never underestimate Apple. Seeing as these games have already proven to be real cashcows. What about a Apple Limited Special Steve Jobs figurine for Disney Infinity? Maybe he can face off against Darth Vader and show him the “Apple Side of the Force”. Although one question can still be asked; Ryan Gosling, hit it!
The new Apple TV and you?
The new Apple TV will be laying in stores at the end of October. Probably for a price around the €200. So, you still got a month to decide what to do. Are you going to get it? Feel free to share your thoughts and answers in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and if you liked this than you can also:
Follow me on Twitter.
Follow me on Youtube.
Follow me on Google+.