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During Apple’s annual September event today, the company laid out its upcoming, refreshed product lines.

A few of the things the company showed off were:

  • The new, 12.9 inch iPad Pro.
  • iOS2 for the Apple Watch.
  • The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

Last but not least, Apple showed off their updated version of Apple TV. Apple TV is a set-top streaming media player. Hook it up to the internet and you’re able to enjoy things like Netflix, HULU, MLB, iTunes Movies, and much more.

Before I get into the gaming side of the new Apple TV, let’s talk about some of the media players new features. Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 4.16.36 PM

  • The new Apple TV will cost you $149 for the 32GB model, and $199 for the 64 GB model.
  • Included will be Apple’s A8 processor (Found in iPhone 6/6+).
  • It will include a remote that has motion control, a touch panel, and several TV minded buttons. (The remote will also include Siri)

Now let’s get into what you’re all here for, Games.

The new Apple TV will be launching with its own App Store. There you’ll be able to download existing, and new, exclusive Apple TV games.

If touch controls aren’t your favorite, don’t worry; you’ll be able to control these games in a variety of different ways:

  • You can use the included motion controlled remote (or its touch panel)
  • You can use iPhones/iPads/iTouches as controllers for any game that supports them.
  • You can use third party GamePads for any game that supports them.

One thing I really like is that developers will be able to make cross-play available for their games. Start a game on you iPad and then pick up your progress on your Apple TV (or vice-versa). Developers can also make their games cross-buy. One purchase will get you the game on all your iOS devices.

A few games were shown off during the presentation as well. They included:

  • Crossy Road was shown off with a multiplayer mode exclusive to Apple TV.
  • Harmonix’s Beat Sports was shown off as an exclusive game. The game will have four player local co-op, and will utilize the new remote’s motion control.
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 was also announced for the system.
  • There was even a brief glimpse of SuperGiant’s Transistor (which will support multiple methods of control)

I think that out of all of Apple’s announcements today, this has me the most excited. I love sharing my passion for gaming with my friends and family, and Apple has been a great way of doing so. It’s going to be great fun sitting around the TV and playing games with them. My hope for the future is that there will be away to pipe your set-top box into an Apple TV. Imagine watching live television and during commercial breaks bringing up Crossy Road and getting in a round or two. Pretty neat stuff.

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