It seems everybody wants to be in on the video games market these days. Not so long ago, we had the news that Amazon have their own games studio, and are apparently busy making new AAA titles. Now, Apple wants a slice of the action too.
Yesterday at their special event, Apple unveiled the latest update to their Apple TV range, and for the first time, it has gaming capabilities. It comes with a special remote control with a touchscreen panel, designed with games in mind, and there’ll be a classic games controller available separately. Along with popular titles such as Rayman and Transistor, Activision have announced that Skylanders SuperChargers and Guitar Hero Live, out next month, will also feature in the lineup.
As the brand new guitar controller is bluetooth, it will be compatible with a wide range of devices, including iPhone and iPad. Exactly how the interface will work on a four inch mobile phone screen remains to be seen, but the idea of being able to take your game anywhere is an interesting concept that Activision were keen to pursue. Jamie Jackson, who is Co-Studio Head at FreeStyleGames, the developer of Guitar Hero Live, says “we jumped at the opportunity to bring back Guitar Hero in a cool new way… and have been energised by the response from fans who have had a chance to play it so far”.
This new dawn of big title games being made more accessible to players outside of the typical console markets is an interesting one, and for the likes of Guitar Hero, one of the most popular social party games out there, it can only be a good thing. Personally, we don’t think anything will ever beat the true console gaming experience, but what do you think? Are you likely to swap your PS4 or Xbox One for a gaming service that’s built into your TV and streaming functions?
Guitar Hero Live is out on 23 October. Along with Apple TV, it’s also available on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Preorder now from Amazon.