Friday, October 2, 2015

Apple TV and Bluetooth Controllers

While the next Apple TV supports Bluetooth controllers, it can only support two at a time, in addition to the Apple TV remote and iPhone controllers. This was a major letdown to many developers, including one who wanted to make an eight-player party game and purchased a bunch of MFi controllers. I do like the idea that iPhone can be used as a controller because everyone has one and they don't have problems of other controllers, but many gamers do prefer a controller with physical buttons. Limiting those controllers and pushing Apple's limits what games on Apple TV can do and leaves the market strictly casual.
"Well, this is a bit of a bummer. We just got word from one of the developers who were lucky enough to win the Apple TV dev kit lottery (Who we're not naming because we don't want to cause more Apple TV NDA drama!) who raced out and bought a ton of MFi controllers with the hopes of making a 8 player party game. These hopes were quickly dashed as they realized that the new Apple TV will only connect to two external Bluetooth devices at once, along with the included remote."

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