New Apple TV set to support wireless games controllers

News about the forthcoming Apple TV refresh continues to pour in, with new reports offering details about the gaming possibilities.

According to 9to5Mac, which also brought details of the potential price tag on Monday, the new set-top box will boast improved Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.

This “gaming focus” will open the door to compatibility with third-party gaming pads to control iOS games on the device.

“Serious gamers will have the ability to choose between multiple controllers for the Apple TV, including the packed-in remote and third-party Bluetooth gaming controllers,” the report claims.

This would give Apple the opportunity to challenge some of the home consoles with the best of the App Store.

Within Mondays report, there was also more news of the re-envisioned remote control. Apparently, one of the buttons will be used to activate the Siri microphone.  The Siri control will be “near-universal,” apparently with the integration of the personal assistant a “main focus” for the new box.

The remote control will, as previously reported, feature a motion sensors to allow for steering in racing games and will connect to be the Apple TV.

According to the report, the motion controllers’ functionality won’t stretch to navigating and pointing through an IR sensor bar, a la the Nintendo Wii.

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The new Apple TV is almost certain to be announced at Apple’s keynote event on September 9 alongside brand new iPhones.