Developers have shown extreme interest in the Apple TV as the next big gaming platform. The high fidelity graphics and performance capabilities of the A8 chip provide a great environment for graphically intense games on a large screen while maintaining the familiar and wide-reaching distribution model of Apple’s App store.
Several developers told us the device’s Siri Remote, with its large touch surface, made their games feel more intimate than they ever had in any console-like TV screen experience. When you add MFI game controllers or do something clever like roll your own link to existing iOS devices (like the Crossy Road guys showed at Apple’s keynote event earlier this fall), it can lead to a rich multiplayer experience never before available on any Apple device.
Of course many, who already have games on iOS, were anxiously anticipating the tvOS platform and were ready to dive in once Apple “flipped the switch”. We at Unity worked hard to make this possible not only for them, but for developers creating a game from scratch.
Here is a list of features, which already shipped or will be coming with Apple TV support:
Unity for Apple TV will be available for public testing in late November. If you’d like to jump in sooner and have a Unity Pro license, contact our support team so you can join our alpha testing group.