Early in the platform’s life-long before the release of the Apple TV 4K – which has very attractive specifications for game development – Apple lifted the requirement that games support its controller. But the first impression had already been made. And even if developers could release games that required a controller, the lack of a controller bundle for games-minded Apple TV buyers meant that developers couldn’t feel confident they’d find a large audience that could play their games.
But there’s more going on here than just controller support. To find out more, we talked to the people who would have the most complete perspective on the Apple TV’s video game credentials.
Apple doesn’t understand games. It never has, and I doubt it ever will (at least, in the near future). People often like to point at iOS as a successful gaming platform, but I don’t count the endless string of gambling apps designed to prey on children and other willing people to really be games. If your gaming platform isn’t even popular enough for Minecraft, you don’t have a gaming platform.