While Apple’s latest Apple TV update didn’t really turn out to be the gaming powerhouse the company was hoping for, it seems like the tech giant isn’t giving up just yet.
The next Apple TV model could support 120Hz screen refresh rates, probably at 4K resolution. 9to5Mac discovered references to “120Hz” and “supports120Hz” in the latest tvOS 14.5 beta, suggesting that Apple is testing the feature.
A higher refresh rate would allow the Apple TV to be able to play smoother media with that hideous soap opera effect, but more importantly, it could also apply to games.
That said, to support 120Hz, the new Apple TV should also include an HDMI 2.1 port. With the launch of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 and HDMI 2.1 compatible TVs, 120Hz support is starting to become an expected feature of console games. The current Apple TV supports a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz at 4K.
Rumors that Apple has plans to release an updated Apple TV with a faster A14X processor and a focus on gaming have been circulating for months. There are also reports that the company could have plans to ditch the Siri Remote’s often frustrating touchpad controller design in favor of more traditional physical buttons.
Just a few days ago, Apple added 30 new games to its $ 5.99 per month Apple Arcade game subscription service, including Monument valley, Cut the rope, The Oregon Trail and Fantasy. The addition of these titles may have been in preparation for the release of a new version of Apple TV in late April.