The new Apple TV 4K released this week comes with a redesigned Siri Remote with a physical click, a new power and mute button for the TV, and a repositioned Siri button. But there is another change that little has been noticed.
according Digital trendsThe new Siri Remote doesn’t have an accelerometer and gyroscope, allowing the original Siri Remote to function as a game controller.Apple wanted tvOS games to support the Siri Remote following the release of the fourth-generation Apple TV, but dropped this requirement in June 2016.
As there is no accelerometer and gyroscope, the new Siri Remote will not be compatible with some Apple TV games, but users will need to use the original Siri Remote or connect an Apple-certified game controller.
The following message will appear on Apple TV when launching a game that doesn’t work with the new Siri Remote, according to the tvOS 14.5 code seen by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser: “To play this game on your Apple TV, you need to connect your Apple TV Remote. (1st generation) or a compatible PlayStation, Xbox, or MFi controller.
Please note that Siri Remote is called Apple TV Remote in countries where Siri is not available on Apple TV, but the remote is the same in working order.
Playing games on Apple TV is niche compared to full-featured consoles like Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch, and many tvOS users who play games tend to prefer using real game controllers, hence the lack of accelerometer’s new Siri Remote. And the gyroscope is unlikely to be a deal breaker for many users.
It is noteworthy that BloombergApple’s Mark Gurman has reported that the new Apple TV will focus more on gaming, a faster A12 chip will have a positive impact on gaming performance, and tvOS 14.5 adds support for enhanced game controllers in the software field. But the gaming-focused Apple TV with the rumored A14X chip “Fudge” is not yet true.