HDTV with Apple logo (small)

Just as the iPhone and iPad have been chipping away mercilessly at Nintendo’s dominance in the handheld gaming market, Apple’s next-generation set-top box should give dedicated game consoles a good run for their money.

A report by 9to5Mac’s well-informed writer Mark Gurman lays out a few upcoming features for a rumored fourth-generation Apple TV that are bound to prompt gamers, casual and hardcore alike, to jump with joy.

Siri and games

The next Apple TV is widely expected to include long-awaited voice control via Siri. Indeed, a revamped remote for the device, described by 9to5Mac’s source as being “near-universal,”will reportedly feature a built-in microphone and a dedicated Siri button.

Apple TV Air Remote (Martin Hajek 000)

“A source who has used the product says that ‘you can navigate [mostly everything] on the new Apple TV [solely] using the new Siri button’,” writes Gurman.

“The source also called the deep integration of Siri a ‘main focus’ for the new box, as its convenience will appeal to non-gamers and gamers alike,” the article reads.

The article stops short of saying whether or not Apple will open up Siri to third-party developers anytime soon, a long-expected move that might opening door to Siri-base casual gaming with voice control.

New control built for gaming

The next Apple TV’s sensor-laden remote with Nintendo Wii-like motion sensing is just a tip of the iceberg. The redesigned accessory is said to be thicker than the current aluminum remote for the Apple TV and include a touchpad that could even make existing iPhone and iPad games playable with ease on a big screen TV.

Apple TV Air Remote (Martin Hajek 003)

In addition to the Siri button, the revamped remote apparently includes a dedicated Home button which takes you straight back to the Home screen and utilizes a standard replaceable battery. It will connect to the Apple TV over Bluetooth, as opposed to the inferior infrared connectivity on the current remote.

“As a result, the Apple TV’s support for motion controls is unlikely to include a system navigation and pointing interface akin to Nintendo’s Wii,” Gurman writes. Gamers will even be permitted to connect multiple Bluetooth gaming controllers to their Apple TV and choose between them.

Updated hardware

The next Apple TV is widely expected to use the iPhone 6’s dual-core A8 processor with increased performance owing to the fact that the set-top box will be connected to a power outlet. Because energy consumption is not a major concern, Apple can conformably raise A8’s clock frequency to make it run faster.

The device will run an unreleased version of iOS 9 operating system and include a dedicated App Store with third-party game and app downloads.

Availability

According to Gurman’s sources, the new Apple TV will be indeed formally unveiled at Apple’s iPhone 6s media event on Wednesday, September 9. The set-top box device will reportedly ship in October for between $149 and $199.

Apple September 2015 event invite graphics

By the way, Apple’s invite graphics could hint at “near-universal Siri control.”

Shut up and take my money

As a huge sucker for high-quality games on iPhones and iPads, I can’t tell how many times I wished that the Apple TV had downloadable games.

Squinting at tiny mobile screens isn’t exactly my idea of prolonged gaming so I’ll be making sure to purchase the new Apple TV the day it lands on store shelves.

And what are you most excited about for Apple’s September 9 event?

Next-generation Apple TV and remote concepts via 3D artist Martin Hajek.

Source: 9to5Mac

  • iPhoneWINS

    HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM… VERY INTERESTING

  • Vince Reedy

    I’ve said before that if the TV subscription is not ready I would wait, but that black remote with ABXY may have changed my mind.

    • Marlon Brown

      That isnt the remote its just a concept

      • Vince Reedy

        thats why i said if the real deal is close

      • Julioe Herzandes

        thats why i said if the real deal is close

    • Julioe Herzandes

      I’ve said before that if the TV subscription is not ready I would wait, but that black remote with ABXY may have changed my mind… if the real deal is close to that.

  • WhizZz

    I hope there would we some quality games without the In-App/Freemium nonsense. I don’t want to play a game on my TV for only 5 minutes and wait hours to continue. Those games wouldn’t even be a succes for the casual gamers I think. But since the App Store is flooded with those games I’m scared that 90+% of the games will be like that. Only the ports like GTA would be a succes.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    I can see a full blown console in the next coming years.

    • Julioe Herzandes

      I can see a full blown console in the next coming years.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        You damn right you copy cat!

  • smtp25

    YAY (not) now I can look forward to swearing at Siri again. Is Siri out of beta now. “CHANGE THE ^@$&$@ channel” – Siri’ I’m sorry I can’t do that right now’

  • dirtmanjames

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  • Dante Arellano

    Damn this guy really is desperately for something that only its in his brain poor people

    • Julioe Herzandes

      Damn this guy really is desperately for something that only its in his brain poor people

  • NaSty

    Just curious…do you guys have jobs outside of iDB?

  • Xee

    All sounds great except for the price. Apple should keep the price as low as possible to get as many units into homes. Then they can more easily twist the TV cartels arms and get a larger ground base going and ramp up the App Store with games and useful apps etc.

  • Chuck Finley

    “give dedicated game consoles a good run for their money”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no. Only a massive fanboy could think that an Apple gaming system could even come close to the PS4 or the Xbox One.

    For starters it won’t get any of the big franchises main games and secondly just look at the equivalent Android home consoles. They’re so massively irrelevant.

    • Xee

      Your thinking about it the wrong way. They could give dedicated consoles a run for their money in terms of revenue streams. A successful ATV App Store could rake in the money!

      • Chuck Finley

        That’s a fair point actually. God knows the App Store must be raking it in with IAP.

      • Julioe Herzandes

        Your thinking about it the wrong way. They could give dedicated consoles a run for their money in terms of revenue streams. A successful ATV App Store could rake in the money!

  • Kash Gummaraju

    Does Apple think wii users are hardcore gamers? You can’t give Xbox and Playstation a run for their money unless you make a system that has equivalent or better performance and triple A actual hardcore games and an actual joystick controller. No hardcore gamer gives a shit about mobile games on a bigger screen. It’d be nice, but not at all a real incentive. Metal can enable games with really good graphics all it wants, but we’ve seen how the most graphically intense mobile games are. They’re extremely linear with a rather limited amount of immersive elements in the environment (basically very little clutter, limited amounts of enemies each stage of the game). Ouya had the general idea but it relied on mobile games which killed it, fire TV is by no means a success. Apple by no means is making something that competes with the Xbox and Playstation and even the wii is untouchable. It’s probably making something that allows users to efficiently and easily play mobile games and has slightly more juice to get consistent fps on intense mobile games.

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