Game Centered: Is Apple TV the Future of Gaming?

As a gamer I've had my eye on the new Apple TV for years now. Today on the world stage, Apple unveiled the new Apple TV (finally) and the potential for gamers and the gaming community is enormous!

The new Apple TV may be a Wii killer since it doubles as a console gaming device with the potential to be on par with the best of them, especially considering the fact that Apple's new tvOS offers support for peripheral game controllers. With the Apple TV, Apple has presented a clear and disruptive challenge to the console and PC game industries as it positions itself as a serious and legitimate gaming-focused company.

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 Apple TV, The Future of Gaming.

As cool as it may be that we can now control our gaming experience from the new touch-sensitive Apple TV remote, for many games out there, a specific game controller will be the preferred tool for core gamers. Even without a dedicated third-party controller, the Apple TV is set to make a significant impact on the way we consume our games. The Apple TV's rechargeable remote is a capable game control tool, perfect for physically active games that involve motion or steering, thanks to its built-in accelerometer and motion sensors. Additionally, with simple swipes and taps you are able control an onscreen character's precise movements, allowing you to play all sorts of platformers and action RPGs.

Another amazing feature of the new Apple TV ecosystem; a Handoff-esque capacity, which allows gamers to start a game on their iPhone or iPad, then pick up where they left of when they get home to their Apple TV. While this won't be of much use in an intense, real-time game like Vainglory, the majority of single-person games will benefit greatly from this new interconnected feature. Gaming within the Apple ecosystem is truly becoming a seamless experience.

Gaming on Apple TV is by its very nature more of a social gaming experience, since you won't be huddled in a corner tapping furiously away at your touchscreen. With the Apple TV, gaming will take center stage in the living room and really opens up a world of possibilities for family and multiplayer game interactions. I can only imagine the applications we will have for this new Apple TV in say, a year's time! In the hands of the talented iOS/tvOS developers I expect to see some phenomenal new game entries coming down the pipeline in the near future.

 Apple TV, The Future of Gaming.

At today's event, Apple showed the world that it recognizes the impact and importance of the gaming demographic and demonstrated its intention to not get left behind. Apple treated gamers to a variety of extended game demos—more than I've ever seen at an Apple event—with live demos from the developers of Crossy Road and Beach Sport, not to mention the iPhone demo of the new, upcoming Warhammer FPS. In fact, with the latest Apple TV, I think that Apple has actually shown the world that it is prepared to revolutionize the living room gaming experience in the same way it transformed the entire global gaming landscape with the introduction of the iPhone and iOS.

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As Senior Gear Editor at iPhone Life, Dig reports on the latest and greatest accessories built for the iOS ecosystem. From rugged gear and Bluetooth speakers, to headphones, unique iDevice cases, and iOS remote controlled vehicles, Dig's articles cover a wide range of great gear for the iPhone and iPad. A core gamer for over three decades, Dig also writes iPhone Life's Game Centered column, which focuses on the best iOS games and game related news. Additionally, Dig's company, iDoc Tech Support, offers web design and administration services as well as iPhone and iPad repairs. When not at his work desk, Dig loves spending time with family and enjoying the wonders of nature. You can follow him on Twitter @idoctech