You Still Need Siri to Play on Your Apple TV Games

You Still Need Siri to Play on Your Apple TV Games

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Everyone who was excited with the soon to be released 4th generation Apple TV is in for a game-over downer: you still need a Siri remote to make it work. The Apple TV has numerous features which include doubling as a gaming console, having its very own Apple App Store and a wireless remote, which is very similar to that of a Wii console and also the usual TV based features.

Disappointing the Gamers

Gamers all over the world were disappointed big time when Apple dealt a big blow on game requirements. The App Programming Guide explicitly says on the Apple tvOS that games must support the remote specifically designed for Apple TV. This means that your favorite game may not need to utilize a controller.

A Siri-based remote that Apple is including in each Apple TV purchase has to be used. For gamers, this will limit what games will be played in their new Apple console. It will eventually hamper complex and more advanced console level games from being played with the Apple TV. While 3rd party game controllers can still work with the Apple TV, these controllers need to be able to operate with the Siri-remote also.

Why Apple is Playing Police in the Gaming World

Most gamers are scratching their head and wondering why Apple is being such a killjoy in limiting what games can be accessed in the new Apple TV. After all, isn’t this why Apple delved into the gaming zone: to broaden its appeal to a wider user base? Then, there’s also a common fact about Apple’s penchant for exclusivity by utilizing its own accessories and programs.

A deeper look into the intention of Apple seems to point to this answer: a happy and contented user base. Apple seemed to have chosen a more consumer-friendly and proactive approach to prevent problems and disappointments that can appear in the future.

A deeper look into the intention of Apple seems to point to this answer: a happy and contented user base. Apple seemed to have chosen a more consumer-friendly and proactive approach to prevent problems and disappointments that can appear in the future.

A user usually pays a lot of money to purchase a game, only to discover in the end that an additional amount of money needs to be shelled out for an external controller to make it work. Imagine endless complaints and negative user reviews that Apple has to deal with from their users all asking for refunds. Obviously, Apple is avoiding this kind of scenario.

While games may be limited, it doesn’t mean these games can’t be played at all. In fact, gamers can use these games, even if they don’t have a controller, since Apple did provide one for them which is a Siri remote. In multiplayer games played on the Apple TV, one person can use the Siri remote while the other uses an extra controller. That’s less cost for an additional pricey game controller.

Everyone Wins in the End

While the limitations seemed a bit controlling, everyone is hoping that in the future, Apple will allow developers to create numerous games and be able to use these exclusively for more sophisticated controllers. With more users feeling curtailed and pushing for changes, it might happen sooner than expected.

The customer reigns supreme, after all.

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