The creators of games for Apple TV need to implement support for the standard remote, Apple TV, according to Apple’s requirements, published on the website for developers. The user does not need to buy a special game controller to play games projects for tvOS.
Apple TV fourth generation was released along with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and the new iPad Pro and iPad mini 4. Consoles are endowed A8 processor with 64-bit architecture, 32/64 GB flash memory, Wi-Fi adapter 802.11 ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI 1.4 and USB-C, IR receiver and network controller 10/100 Ethernet. The kit includes a remote control with a touch panel, an accelerometer and a gyroscope.
The console allows you to view TV channels, but also to install various apps from the App Store and play games on the TV. Today Apple has published a list of requirements for gaming applications for the Apple TV. By default, each game must support management using the standard remote that is equipped with motion sensors and touch panel. More for Angry Birds or Crossy Road is not required, but to replace the controller in shooters, platformers and MMORPG will be very difficult.
- Your game must support the Apple TV remote. The user does not need to purchase additional controllers.
- Games for tvOS that support controllers must support advanced template management.
- In the games should be support for simple controllers. If you support special controllers, the game should do without them.
- In games needs to be support for the ‘Pause’ button. All controllers have a “Pause” button. During the game she needs to stop gameplay. In the moments when the player is not playing, for example when you click on the menu, the “Pause” button returns to the previous screen.
Manufacturers are already working on third-party controllers for the Apple TV, first announced by SteelSeries. Manipulator called Nimbus has buttons which are sensitive to velocity, a set of gaming controls, and a button to access the menu. The data exchange is implemented via Bluetooth 4.0, and a claimed battery life on one charge the battery up to 40 hours.
In the Apple emphasize that third-party controllers are only an addition to the Apple TV, any game can be played using a standard remote control touch panel. If the developers of a game for tvOS will not be able to solve the problem with the controls on your Apple TV without a controller, they will not be able to migrate your project to a new platform.
In addition to the remote control if desired, “to command” and streaming video and voice — in tvOS included Siri. Buy novelty will be available in October for $149 for the 32-Gigabyte version and $199 for the version with 64 GB of memory.