You might be unboxing your shiny new fifth generation Apple TV this weekend – the Apple TV 4K. Happy days. You might have even heard or read that there are some excellent console gaming experiences to be had on the platform with a controller, so you went the extra mile and picked one up to go with your purchase.
You’ve unboxed, plugged in, set up, and paired your controller. Now what? Where are these games?
Unfortunately Apple isn’t doing a great job of curating the gaming section on Apple TV’s App Store, and unless you know the specific games you’re searching for, it can be hard ploughing through the countless iOS ports of one touch auto-runners and shovel ware. Where are the big, traditional video games, the ones you bought your controller to play – the platformers, shooters, and adventures?
We’ve put together a list to get you started. The first list of games over on page 2 are all available on PS4, Xbox One, or both. It’s not a definitive list, but it’s an excellent place to start.
There are also a lot of iOS ports that have been freed from the confines of mobile screens and touch controls, and actually feel much more at home on the digital-only console of Apple TV with a controller in hand. We’ve included a selection of these over on page 2 as well. You can also check out this list of the best titles from the platform’s first year of life, some of which have made it onto today’s selection.
We’re optimistic here at ATVG that with the power under the hood of the Apple TV 4K, and the announcement of the upcoming Sky, gaming on this fledging platform might have a bright future.
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Update: Morphite is out now on Apple TV, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and iOS. The Nintendo Switch version is coming in Q4 2017. Enjoy!
Original Story: Sometimes showing is better than telling, and this series of new gameplay trailers for upcoming Morphite do exactly that. And when I say upcoming, I mean in two days time.
We’ve been following this collaboration between Blowfish Studios, We’re Five Games, and Crescent Moon Games for a while now, ever since CMG’s Josh Presseisen showed off Morphite’s gameplay on an iPhone to Toucharcade. While Morphite looks like a nice addition to your pocket gaming options, its scope looks like something that big flat screens might be well suited for. On September 21st it’ll be your choice, as it hits Apple TV, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and iOS all at once.
Hit the page 2 button to see some space exploration, resource collection, and alien life forms being scanned and blasted to smithereens.
Two significant things happened last week on the stage of the Steve Jobs Theatre that will play a large part in determining the future of Apple TV gaming.
First was the announcement of the fifth generation Apple TV – called simply Apple TV 4K.
Prior to this year’s WWDC, we reached out to a handful of developers to find out their wish list regarding gaming on the then unannounced device, and with Apple TV 4K’s unveiling, some of them had their wishes granted. In part.
The second of those significant things was the announcement of what would come next from thatgamecompany, the studio behind one of gaming’s high water marks of recent years – Journey.
The unveiling of Sky in conjunction with Apple TV 4K positioned the game as a hopeful system seller for Apple, or at the very least, a seller of the gaming aspect of Apple TV 4K, given that gaming is not its primary function.
Can Sky help Apple TV towards a future in which the device is accepted as a viable option for big screen gaming?
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The studio’s follow up to modern indie classic – Journey – was announced on stage today at Apple’s event, and it’s an interesting move for both Apple and thatgamecompany to be bringing the long anticipated game to big screens first via Apple TV.
There aren’t a whole lot of concrete details about Sky in the six and a half minute Q&A embedded below, but this chat between thatgamecompany’s President and Creative Director Jenova Chen and Geoff Keighly is still worth watching. It’s a treat to hear a developer emoting passionately about these kinds of artistic gaming experiences.
ATVG will take a closer look at what today’s Apple TV 4K announcement might mean for gaming on the platform in the coming days.
For more on the upcoming Sky, have a read right here.
It looks beautiful doesn’t it?
During the announcement today of the new Apple TV 4K, the studio behind the modern gaming classic – Journey – was invited on stage to tease its next game, Sky.
And the first place you’ll be able to play it on the big screen?
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Finally! Interesting news in a report from iOS site Toucharcade today – the online US Apple Store has made available a bundle which will net you the Steel Series Nimbus controller, together with a download code for Minecraft: Apple TV Edition. (It’s not appearing on the Australian site, so this bundle may be US only).
This is definitely a healthy step towards visibility for Apple TV as a viable gaming option, especially when coupled with such a household name as Minecraft.
I’ve written a full review of the Steel Series Nimbus a while back for Grab It Magazine, and it’s an excellent controller. Folks, in short, this bundle is a good deal.
For more on why this is a happy day for Apple TV gaming, hit the page 2 button below.
It’s official. What the rest of the world are calling the iPhone 8 event, ATVG is calling the Apple TV event.
Apple today announced its upcoming Special Event, noting via its offical site that the keynote will be streamed live and viewable on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation Apple TVs. By this stage it seems reasonably safe to assume that by the end of the event, the previous generations of hardware will feel a little older, being joined by a 5th generation Apple TV.
The 4K rumours are strong, which is all well and good for media consumption, but what we really care about on this particular site is gaming. If Apple does announce the next generation Apple TV on September 12, bringing 4K muscle to the ring, will it also lean into promoting the gaming potential that this extra grunt under the hood would make possible?
Prior to WWDC this year, we reached out to some developers and asked what they would like to see in a 5th generation Apple TV, netting some interesting results.
Join us on September 12 to see whether rumours crystallise into a playable future, or evaporate into what might’ve been.