Apple TV hardware may be radically upgraded in the coming months, according to a reports including a new tweet from leaker Fudge. The expectation is that the processor will be improved way more than a TV streaming box has any need for, which can only mean one thing: it’s for games.
It may even come in two versions, one with a processor that’s the company’s latest, the A14 chip, or a variant of it, making it as powerful as the latest iPad Air or the upcoming iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
Arcade, Apple’s subscription gaming service, is aiming high, according to the tweet. Citing the game Breath of the Wild, Fudge claims an ambition to rival titles of that quality and says that a lot of money is being poured into Arcade to achieve that.
Fudge later went on to clarify in a subsequent tweet that they weren’t saying Apple was going to make its own competitor title to Breath of the Wild, rather that the advanced graphics, long, immersive stories on a larger scale was what Apple is going for. As they put it, “AAA titles. Basically, more reasons to join and play”.
For gamers especially, that’s pretty exciting. Actually, for non-gamers, too, as Apple will doubtless find other ways to make use of all that processing power to ensure a fast, responsive interface across the device.
Fudge also claims that a new controller is coming. Since the current Siri remote control is unpopular with some users thanks to a sometimes-tricky touch-sensitive panel, there will be many who are excited at a replacement remote with a different design.