Earlier this week, the first batch of the developer kits of the new Apple TV made its way into the hands of developers. Slowly but steadily, these developers are now revealing more information about the device and how it works, as they continue to experiment with it.
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has revealed through a series of tweets that the Apple TV will automatically light up the screen of your TV when you pick up the Siri remote. Additionally, remotes of existing Apple TVs also work with the new Apple TV, though obviously they will not be able to provide you with access to Siri since they lack a dedicated button for it. The older remotes can be used to navigate around tvOS on the new Apple TV just fine.
Another developer, James Addyman, has gone ahead and created an emulator for the new Apple TV called Provenance. It supports emulators for Sega’s Genesis, Master System, Mega CD, NES, SNES, Gameboy, and Gameboy Advance.Don’t get your hopes high on Apple approving the game emulator for the Apple TV’s App Store though.
The emulator is far from perfect and still requires a lot of work. Addyman notes that he still needs to determine when the new Apple TV deletes its local contents and how he will map the buttons of the old Sega and Nintendo gamepads on the new Siri remote of Apple TV, which essentially only has one button for input.
So the gamepad situation is even more dire: you have dpad, accelerometer, and one button. They *really* need to revert that gamepad decision
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) September 18, 2015
Developer Troughton-Smith voices the same concerns as Addyman and says that Apple should revert its decision of the Siri Remote acting as a gamepad for all games for the new Apple TV.
There is still quite sometime left before the new Apple TV makes its way to consumers, so developers have plenty of time to find a workaround to this problem.
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