Apple TV games are no longer required to support Siri Remote

By , Jun 14, 2016

Apple TV Siri Remote SteelSeries game controller

Apple has dropped the requirement for tvOS games to use the Siri Remote, according to a refreshed version of the official Game Controller Programming Guide. With this change in place, games for the fourth-generation Apple TV are now permitted to require a ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) controller without needing to also support the Siri Remote.

“When designing a tvOS game, you may require the use of an MFi game controller, but where possible you should also support the Siri Remote,” reads the document.

Without having to waste their energies on supporting the Siri Remote, tvOS games developers can now make complex games that specifically require a dedicated MFi controller to play. This may not necessarily be good news for those without a dedicated MFi controller for their Apple TV, but those who play a lot of tvOS games will surely be incentivized to buy one.

In tvOS 10, developers can also create games that support up to four game controllers versus just two in the previous version. Coupled with the ability to capture live recordings of tvOS games and implement multiplayer game seasons, these changes will make the Apple TV an even better casual gaming platform.

tvOS 10 will release for public consumption this fall. The first preview of the software update was released to Apple’s registered developers following yesterday’s WWDC keynote.

Source: Apple

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  • DOOManiac

    This is a great change, and will hopefully lead to more complicated games being made for Apple TV. iOS already has great ports of advanced games like KOTOR and X-Com; hopefully these and others like it move to ATV soon.

    • Anonymous

      I agree the rule needed to go for the platforms seak. However, i do think it was a good rule for the start. But if apple ever wants to complete with sony and Microsoft they we need to do things like this.

  • Bybymax

    I agree with the fact that some people will be sad when complicated cool games will make their way to the ATV if they don’t have an Fi controller, but I can say, having a Nimbus, that it really changes the way you play. I fell like having a real console and as much fun.