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Why the Apple TV won't revolutionize gaming

Andrew Hayward | Sept. 14, 2015
Games are just a small, but potentially very meaningful part of the new set-top box's overall appeal.

While all work well on an iPad, those are the kinds of games I want to play on a big screen while slumped on the couch at the end of the day. And since Apple TV games can require a full gamepad (unlike iOS games with MFi controllers), the console experience can be re-created without compromise. And what about retro games that started on a controller before moving to touch? Sonic the Hedgehog will be a lot sweeter on your TV when you don’t have to dig out a dusty old Sega Genesis.

No, the Apple TV probably won’t stop anyone from shelling out for an Xbox, nor will the option of television play likely kill your iPhone gaming habits. But the option for living room play within Apple’s mobile ecosystem is a huge perk of the new set-top box, and another reason why it seems like a seriously entertaining upgrade.

 

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