Apple’s new devices have extraordinary potential for running decent games with virtually no blinking of an eye. You can have your own video game console with the Apple TV, but Apple isn’t taking advantage of it.
A controller like the Nimbus from SteelSeries could bring us closer to a video game console-like experience along with important titles.
FIFA Mobile , for example, has outstanding graphics and gameplay on iOS , equating to the Nintendo Switch, for example. The problem is that we can’t play with a controller, where the experience is completely lost.
Moreover, FIFA does not have an adaptation on Apple TV, where it would be an excellent game for our evenings of glory, similar to those that could be provided by a Play Station 4 or Xbox One.
The videogame industry bets on mobile phones
Sony stated that when they launched PS Vita (the Play Station handheld console), they knew it was not going to be a good fit because they had realized that the potential in games was not in handheld consoles, but in smartphones. Thanks to its large screens and really powerful processors , a user could play anywhere with all the comforts of his smartphone.
In contrast, Nintendo opted for Switch, a hybrid game console, where we could play in tablet mode or connected to our television. In other words, “an iPad with game controllers”, it took a risk, was right and was a success despite what Sony thought.
On the other hand, in Apple we have an extraordinary window called App Store, where we find thousands of extraordinary games that cannot be used due to the lack of a controller. It’s not a question of getting used to playing with a virtual controller on the screen, it’s just that there are games that need a physical controller . The same goes for PC or Mac games, where there are games that have to be played with a keyboard and mouse for a good experience.
Nintendo released a tablet with controls and succeeded
Back at Nintendo, we found the game Oceanhorn , a game that is available on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV . If we compare it with the latter, the graphics are far superior to those of Nintendo, even cheaper. It is also adapted to play with Nimbus, at least on Apple TV. Where we have a user experience similar to that of playing on a console, but we don’t have a large catalogue.
We currently have a reduced catalogue of games on Apple TV to be played with a Nimbus. Siri Remote is a great advance and is suitable for many games, where sometimes it is better to play with this one, but it is not enough.
Apple also took a step forward by offering a virtual game controller with the Remote app, on our iOS device that we could use while playing on the Apple TV, but it’s basically a virtual Siri Remote.
Even Apple wanted to give a boost with exclusive games like Sky , where in the end this exclusivity was denied soon after. But at least it made an attempt.
We have an Apple TV 4K with the potential of the second generation iPad Pro of 12,9″ , by this I mean that we have the possibility to run really amazing games in our living room in a tiny box. But again, a controller is needed to have a user experience similar to that of consoles.
The future will be about having a single device that connects to the game servers themselves, where the top priority will be to have a good internet connection and not huge hardware. Apple TV could be in that near future, but it needs an understanding from the developers, Apple and of course the big companies in the video game industry.
It’s true that Apple never bet too much on games on Mac , but for some years I’ve been trying to motivate us with Metal, but for infrastructure or other reasons we have practically no games on Mac with recent or striking titles for the general public.
In iOS the thing is totally different, we Apple users have the biggest catalogue in quality games, we have to take advantage of that and Apple is wasting it completely, while we users are resigned, of course.
Do you think we should see more games on iOS that are compatible with a game controller? Do you think it would be feasible to have a video game console thanks to Apple TV?