Apple recently unveiled a completely revamped Apple TV that runs a modified version of iOS 9 that Apple calls TVOS. The new software supports Siri, Universal Search, Handoff, third-party game controllers and most importantly an App Store.
The hardware has been completely overhauled as well. The remote now has a touch pad, accelerometer, gyroscope, microphones and physical buttons. The set-top box will look similar to the 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TVs, but it will now come with Apple’s 64-bit A8 chip, 2GB of RAM, faster Wifi and comes with 32GB or 64GB of storage.
Apple TV games will likely be a big hit. While it may not be an immediate threat to game consoles, over time Apple TV could prove to be a very popular game console. Games can be played using the updated Apple TV remote, iPhones, iPod Touch or a third-party bluetooth game controller. Games will likely be inexpensive, abundant and appealing to casual gamers.
The fourth generation Apple TV goes on sale in late October for $149 (32GB) and $199 (64GB).