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  • Apple TV Games Can Now Force The Use of Game Controllers

    Apple TV game developers can now force players to use a game controller if their title isn’t suitable for the Siri Remote. Until now, all titles have had to be compatible with the Siri Remote, which makes it difficult to play more complex games.



    This requirement meant that games that needed various buttons for different actions had to assign them to different areas of the Siri Remote’s touchpad. Players then have to remember what each area is for, and try to ensure they hit it in the right spot.

    As you can see in the photo below from TouchArcade, which shows the control system for Modern Combat 5 on tvOS, there are more than five different actions assigned to that tiny touchpad. This delivers a poor in-game experience.



    As a result, tvOS games with control systems like these tend to get bad reviews, because they’re just not fun to play with the Siri Remote. But going forward, developers can force players to use a game controller with physical buttons instead.

    “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,” Apple’s guidelines read, as highlighted in the tweet below.

    That means they don’t have to make their games compatible with the Remote. If they’re just not suitable, they can eliminate it altogether for a greater experience. That means it might be time to invest in a controller if you haven’t already!

    [via Touch Arcade]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple TV Games Can Now Force The Use of Game Controllers started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. therandy's Avatar
      therandy -
      I use the Nibus! Works great
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      Quote Originally Posted by therandy View Post
      I use the Nibus! Works great
      Does it also work with iPhones and iPads?
    1. auzeus72's Avatar
      auzeus72 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HovikGas View Post
      Does it also work with iPhones and iPads?
      Yes