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Apps & games for the new Apple TV

22 Sep 2015 | Rasmus Larsen |

The new Apple TV is still not available to buy but several companies and developers have confirmed that they are working on bringing apps and games to tvOS. Here is what we have seen so far. Apple’s video presentation also reveals several apps that have yet to be announced.

Updated 06.11.2015: MrMC (Kodi fork), Now TV, Theater Test, CinePlay, TV2 Play, NRK TV, SVT Play, TV4 play, Breakneck, Electro Ball, Beneath the Lighthouse, Oceanhorn, Edge, Canabalt, Xenowerk, Dynamite Jack, Duet, Phoenix HD, Pico Rally, Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Updated 04.11.2015: Apps: Hulu Plus, Sling TV, Flixster, Crackle, Showtime Anywhere, Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Junior, Watch Disney XD, NBC, FX Now, USA Now, History, A&E, Lifetime, Smithsonian, Nat Geo TV, Fox News, CBS News, CBS Sports, NBC News, CNBC, Sky News, Bloomberg TV, Tennis Channel, Vevo, Periscope, Funny or Die, 7 Minute TV Workout, Theatre Test - Games: Lumino City, Shoot the Zombirds, Jetpack Joyride, Nanosaur 2: Hatchling, Otto Matic, Nucleus, Words Galore!
Updated 30.10.2015: Vimeo, WWE Network, NFL Now, Young Hollywood, Bloomberg, Dailymotion, & Crunchyroll, DR TV, Viaplay, HBO Nordic, HBO Go, Alto's Adventure, Ticker, Sing! Karaoke, BBC iPlayer added
Updated 27.10.2015: Simplex, Mr Jump, Streaks Workout, Withings Home, Viewster & Sketch Party TV added

Apps for the new Apple TV

The new Apple TV has an App Store and once it hits the market you will be able to download apps and games just like on iPhone.

Major apps such as iTunes, Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu and YouTube will be available from day one. Apple also highlighted non-video apps such as Gilt, Zillow, Madefire, and Airbnb. It will be interesting to see if other types of apps can work on the big screen.

It has been confirmed that the teams behind Plex and VLC are working on bringing apps to the new Apple TV to allow you to play videos stored on your home network. Apple Music will also come to Apple TV.

 Apple Music on Apple TV

Games on Apple TV

When Nintendo launched the Wii console back in 2006, they said that the mission was to expand the console gaming market. Apple is also trying to appeal to the masses. The new Apple TV is not as powerful as the latest PlayStation and Xbox consoles but could still prove successful by replicating the iPhone and iPad gaming approach. Over time – with new versions of the box - graphics performance will improve.

At the launch event, Apple highlighted a few titles, including Rayman Adventures, the new Guitar Hero, Disney Infinity, Crossy Road and Beat Sports, but there is obviously much more potential here. tvOS is apparently 95% based on iOS, meaning that many games can be ported from mobile iOS devices.

Activision will bring several games to Apple TV. Besides the new Guitar Hero, it will release Geometry Wars 3 and Skylanders SuperChargers. If you have kids you probably know that Skylanders is a pretty popular title.

Games on Apple TV

Major titles have yet to be announced but if Apple TV becomes a hot seller more studios will likely jump on board, possibly even with exclusives. iOS games such as Angry Birds, built for touch, will not really work on the big screen but many other indie titles that are available on game consoles and iOS will surely follow. None of the following great titles have been confirmed but could easily run on the Apple TV; Limbo, Machinarium, Leo's Fortune, The Journey Down, BioShock, Final Fantasy, Broken Age, Calvino Noir, The Walking Dead, Minecraft, older GTA titles, and Ocean Horn.

At some point in the near future, we may even start seeing streaming game services on Apple TV. Sony is currently rolling out PlayStation Now and Nvidia is rolling out Nvidia GRID. There is also GameFly. These services allow you to stream games; often referred to as “Netflix for games” subscription services.

Apps for Apple TV:
Highlighted apps
  • Apple Music
  • Apple Photos (not iCloud Photos yet)
  • iTunes
  • Netflix
  • Plex - Media player
  • VLC Player - Media player
  • YouTube

    More apps
  • 7 Minute TV Workout
  • A&E
  • ABC News
  • Air Video HD - Airplay-streaming of video
  • Airbnb
  • BBC iPlayer
  • Bloomberg
  • Bloomberg TV
  • Calibrate! - Calibrate your TV through Apple TV, link
  • CBS AllAccess
  • CBS News
  • CBS SPorts
  • CinePlay
  • CNBC
  • CNN Go
  • Crackle
  • Crunchyroll
  • Dailymotion
  • DR TV
  • Flixster
  • Fox News
  • Fox Now
  • Funny or Die
  • FX No
  • Gilt – Shopping on the TV
  • HBO Go
  • HBO Nordic
  • HBO Now
  • History
  • Hulu
  • Hulu Plus
  • Infuse – Media player
  • Lifetime
  • Madefire – Comics on the TV
  • MrMC (Kodi fork)
  • Nat Geo TV
  • NBA
  • NBC
  • NBC News
  • NBC Sports
  • NFL Now
  • NHL GameCenter
  • Now TV
  • NRK TV
  • PBS
  • PBS Kids
  • Periscope
  • Showtime
  • Showtime Anywhere
  • Simplex - A media player app
  • Sky News
  • Sling TV
  • Smithsonian
  • Speedtest
  • Streaks Workout - work out programs
  • SVT Play
  • Tastemade
  • TED Talk
  • Tennis Channel
  • Theater Test - for surround sound tests
  • Ticker
  • TV2 Play
  • TV4 play
  • USA Now
  • USA Now
  • Vevo
  • Viaplay
  • Viewster
  • Vimeo
  • Watch Disney Channel
  • Watch Disney Junior
  • Watch Disney XD
  • WatchABC
  • WatchDisney
  • WatchESPN
  • Withings Home - watch live video from your Withings cameras
  • WSJ Video
  • WWE Network
  • Young Hollywood
  • Zillow – House hunting on the TV
  • Zova – Fitness-app

    Games for Apple TV:
  • Afterpulse – Third-person shooter
  • Alto's Adventure - Snowboard platformer
  • Asphalt 8 - Racing game
  • Beat Sports – Wii-like motion-controlled music game
  • Beneath the Lighthouse
  • Breakneck
  • Bugdom 2 - supports 3D
  • Canabalt
  • Crossy Road – Frogger-like game
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 – 3D space game
  • Duet
  • Dynamite Jack
  • Edge
  • Electro Ball
  • Fantastic Plastic Squad – Third-person shooter
  • Galaxy on Fire: Manticore Rising – 3D space game
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved – “Multidirectional shooter”
  • GT Spirit - Racing game
  • Guitar Hero Live – The popular guitar simulator
  • Jetpack Joyride
  • Lumino City
  • Nanosaur 2: Hatchling
  • Oceanhorn
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch
  • Otto Matic, Nucleus
  • Phoenix HD
  • Pico Rally
  • Play Kids – A collection of kids games
  • Rayman Adventures – Platformer
  • Shadowmatic – Puzzle game
  • Shoot the Zombirds
  • Sing! Karaoke - Over 100.000 songs, use iPhone as microphone
  • Skylanders SuperChargers – Kids role-playing game with real figurines
  • Star Walk Kids – Educational game for kids
  • Transistor – Science-fiction RPG
  • Words Galore!
  • Xenowerk

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