WWDC 2017 Keynote and Apple TV Gaming: Less is More?

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Cutting to the chase, Apple CEO Tim Cook chose to dispense with the customary sales figures and success stories of the last 12 months, and at seven minutes and fifteen seconds into WWDC 2017’s keynote speech, simply announced, “Apple is doing great.”

Over the next ninety-six seconds, Cook announced that Amazon Prime Video will be coming to Apple TV later this year, finishing up with, “You’ll be hearing a lot more about tvOS later this year.” And that was that for Apple TV news in a keynote that went on to span two hours and nineteen minutes.

I’ll admit, for someone who had been waiting eagerly for some sort of glimpse into the future of gaming on Apple’s digital-only console, at first I was a little shocked. But in hindsight, I’m actually even more intrigued, and more optimistic about the future of Apple TV gaming than before.

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WWDC 2017 & Apple TV Gaming: What Do Developers Want to See?

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There are those of us who play games on our fourth-generation Apple TVs. For some, it may be their only gaming platform, and for others – such as this writer – it may be one of many. The Internet is full of debate among gamers about what would make a gaming platform better, but at ATVG we thought why not go one better? Why not ask developers?

So we did.

The question we posed was this:

As a game developer, what would you be hoping to hear announced in the WWDC 2017 Keynote, regarding the future of Apple TV gaming?

The responses we received are worth diving into, and had an interesting common theme running through them. Join us on page 2 for more.

Will You Be Streaming the WWDC 2017 Keynote Live Via Apple TV?

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There have been previous years in which Apple has chosen not to live-stream its WWDC keynotes, but this year, it’s full-stream ahead.

Considering you are reading the Apple TV Gaming Blog, chances are good that you have a fourth-generation Apple TV. Go to the App Store on your Apple TV, hold in the mic button on your Siri Remote, and say “Apple Events.” If all goes according to plan, you’ll end up on the page for the Apple Events app which you can download for free.

As an entrée, you can watch or rewatch past WWDC keynotes from within the app in order to get primed for the main course. And on the 6th June at 3am (Australian), just six sleeps away, the main event will be available live.

What will we see announced for Apple TV as far as gaming-related news goes? A fifth-generation Apple TV? With more on-board storage? 4K compatibility? More horsepower under the hood?

These are the rumours that have been circulating for a while, and they are pretty reasonable predictions, as they ultimately just outline a new iteration of Apple TV with more of everything. WWDC is predominantly focused on software announcements however, so chances are good that we will just see the next tvOS unveiled, with hardware to be revealed later in the year. Hardware has been announced during WWDC keynotes before though, so we wouldn’t write it off completely.

Back in 2014 over on Grab It Magazine I predicted we’d see a gaming-capable Apple TV announced during that year’s WWDC keynote, but history proved me about 12 months early. I  won’t make any predictions of my own this year, but instead wait patiently and report after the fact.

So tune in this time next week, and if there’s any news announced that effects gaming on your Apple TV, ATVG will do its best to round it all up and put a neat bow around it for your reading pleasure.