Apple TV fourth generation future of television teaser 001

Your brand spanking new Apple TV does a lot of nice things pretty well, and some really cool ones Apple hasn’t even mentioned officially.

As first discovered by developer Steve Stroughton-Smith, the set-top box can actually render stereoscopic 3D content provided an app has implemented the functionality and the customer owns a 3D-enabled TV set to enjoy it on.

Specifically, he has identified stereoscopic 3D support within Pangea Software’s Bugdom 2, which has been refreshed in the App Store to work on the new Apple TV.

Pangea later confirmed on Twitter that all of its tvOS games will have built-in support for 3DTVs. Some work still needs to be done in terms of 3DTV support in Bugdom 2 as the in-game menus and overlays are not yet 3D-ready.

In addition to owning a television set that can render 3D content, you will also need 3D glasses to enjoy stereoscopic 3D games on the big screen.

Aside from Pangea games, I couldn’t find other examples of 3D stereoscopic games for the Apple TV 4. At the very least, we now know for a fact the Apple TV hardware is capable of stereoscopic images on supported TVs.

Still, lack of 3DTV content continues to be a major problem. Disregarding some movies and PC games, our entertainment continues to be 2D and I don’t envision that changing in the near future.

At any rate, it’s really neat that Apple’s box does have support for 3D technology and that some developers are now embracing it is even cooler, isn’t it?

If you own a 3DTV, do check out Pangea’s games for the new Apple TV, they’re free to download if you already own them on your iPhone and iPad.

Source: Steve Stroughton-Smith

  • Merman123

    Would have preferred 4K support.

    • askep3

      The hardware is capable isn’t it? They will just need a software update

      • George

        Nope, that’s not happening. They are releasing a whole new box for that.

      • I assume in 2019, by the time 4K is a thing of the past… I don’t get the horrible decisions that they make with that device.
        New FireTv, or possibly the Roku 4, sounds much more appealing than this thing. So what if I don’t have AirPlay? How often would I even need to use it anyway? I would say little because it has never been an important iOS feature for me

      • 4K won’t be a thing of the past! Well it will be in the sense that 5K or 8K or something-else-K will be a thing but for those of us that don’t go out and buy a TV every year (i.e the majority of us) there will presumably always be 4K televisions available to buy until the technology is considered obsolete (and even then you’ll still be able to buy a 4K TV).

        Apple have done themselves no favours by not supporting 4K in the first edition of the Apple-TV-as-it-should-have-been-all-a-long. For one thing their competitors (Amazon Fire TV and the vast array of Android TV devices) do support 4K.

        Apple missed the boat in terms of streaming devices and now that they are playing catchup it seems that they have not quite fully caught up to the competition.

      • askep3

        True haha

      • Anonymous

        Im pretty sure it has the hardware. But that apple would need to do a update. I believe the reason the atv dosnt have 4k is because itunes has yet to adopt 4k.

      • I believe the reason the atv dosnt have 4k is because itunes has yet to adopt 4k.

        Which is why upscaling exists. Most televisions will upscale content below 4K (e.g 720p or 1080p) automatically.

        There has to be more to it than iTunes doesn’t support 4K so the entire device won’t support 4K. For one thing Netflix does support 4K and since the device supports Home Sharing you could load a local iTunes Library with 4K video content or use something like Plex instead to play back 4K content.

    • Vince Reedy

      Please stop beating me!

      Signed, Dead Horse

  • Alborz

    This is side by side 3D. there doesn’t need to be support from apple. the developer simply includes a mode which shows two views side by side from slightly different angles, and in your TV you switch to 3DSBS (side by side) and that’s it.
    not saying what these developers did was easy, i’m saying apple doesn’t contribute to this. that’s how most 3D movies work. they’re side by side. and you play them with any default video player. the player doesn’t know if it’s 3D or not. the same way the Apple TV doesn’t know if the game is 3D or not.
    the layout of the game and the tv settings combined allow for this to happen.

    • JayDee917

      If that’s case, why don’t DVD players support stereoscopic 3D?

      • Victor Liang

        For the Apple TV, the developer has to include a bit of code within their video playing application that allows for 2 views side by side. With the DVD Player, you can’t really develop applications for it, can you?

      • JayDee917

        Yeah, you can. It’s called firmware. If it’s just a bit of code, couldn’t manufacturers include that in the firmware to support 3D as well?

      • Victor Liang

        Just to clarify, I was a referring to third party developers in the previous comment. To answer your question, there already has been DVD Players designed specifically for 3D, and they cost around $200AUD. For the normal DVD Players, they cannot support 3D due to the manufacturer’s use of outdated hardware to keep costs down.