» Waiting to level up

Another WWDC came and went and we didn’t get an App Store for the Apple TV. We did get an iOS API for controllers, but as Matt Peckham explains writing for Time, Apple still seems loath to level up on gaming (GAME ANALOGIES).

While the latest iOS devices are arguably capable of crunching games like [Injustice: Gods Among Us, Dead Island: Riptide, BioShock Infinite, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Defiance], iOS has an interface problem when it comes to the sort of control heterogeneity and finesse they require. This is why you’re not seeing major gaming franchises ported over unaltered — not because the latest iPad or iPhone can’t get the job done, visually speaking, but because nobody wants to play Call of Duty: Black Ops II on 4- or 10-inch touchscreens.

An API is nice, but it’s a punt compared to shipping an App Store for the Apple TV. I’d also like to see an Apple-quality controller. Maybe next year.

[Note: Originally this post incorrectly implied third-party controllers might be inconsistent, but Apple’s specification precludes this. Thanks to Arthur Langereis for the correction.]