When the fourth-generation Apple TV was first released in 2015, Apple emphasized its gaming capabilities.
While those ambitions never materialized, the new rumors courtesy of From Bloomberg Mark Gurman, Often Reliable indicate that Apple is not done with the gaming space yet. According to Gurman, a new Apple TV will launch in 2021 that focuses on video games and includes an updated remote control and a new processor.
Given how frustrating the Siri Remote can be at times, hopefully this new controller ditches the concept of touch navigation entirely. The touch controls are great, but you really can’t beat the physical controls in the context of a set-top box remote.
In the past, Bloomberg has stated that Apple is developing a new Siri Remote that features capabilities similar to ‘Find My’. While somewhat silly, the number of times I lost the limits of the Apple TV remote is ridiculous, so a feature as simple as making noise after touching an iPhone would be great.
Other rumors indicated that Apple plans to release a dedicated video game controller for Apple TV. However, it is unclear how the company would improve on gamepads that are already compatible with the streaming device, including Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers.
The new Apple TV is rumored to feature 64GB and 128GB storage options compared to the current 32GB and 64GB storage available on the Apple TV 4K.
Given that the Apple TV 4K was released over three years ago and features Apple’s older A10X Fusion processor, it makes sense that a hardware update is on the way.
Also, now that Apple offers Apple Arcade, its own video game subscription service that costs $ 5.99 per month, it makes sense that the company is trying to build its presence in the games space.
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