If you were hoping for some ‘proper’ games on the new Apple TV then you are out of luck. Small print added to the terms and conditions for developers reveals that all games must work with the standard remote.
- Your game must support the Apple TV remote. Your game may not require the use of a controller.
- tvOS games that support controllers must support the extended control layout. All controllers for tvOS are nonformfitting extended controllers.
- Games must be playable using standalone controllers. If you support an extended controller, the game must be playable solely with that controller.
The standard remote has a motion control sensor and you can swipe, click and tap as you would do on an iPhone, but that’s it. No buttons or joysticks so this will limit the complexity of games available on the system to the same level as those found on the iPhone.
Apple had previously said that additional controllers would be supported, but had not mentioned that all games must support the Apple TV remote.