As the final online game console technology started to wind down, numerous bloggers opined about Apple killing residence consoles as soon as and for all. It made sense on paper — Apple sells tens of hundreds of thousands of iPhones each quarter, and within the 21st century, we spend extra time with our telephones than we do with some other machine we personal.
Six years later, as PlayStation four, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch consoles proceed to fly off retailer cabinets, it’s clear that these bloggers had been off the mark. Apple by no means made a lot of an effort to be a real competitor to the likes of Sony and Nintendo, which was maybe most evident when it got here to the dearth of controller assist for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. If you wished to play a recreation with a controller, you needed to get a third-party MFi controller.
But that every one modified this week, as Apple introduced throughout its WWDC 2019 keynote on Monday that PS4 and Xbox One S controller assist is coming in iOS 13. The incontrovertible fact that it took this lengthy for Apple so as to add this function is astounding, however for the primary time in years, I’m really letting myself get enthusiastic about cellular gaming.
Taking a step again, I need to observe that I’ve spent numerous hours enjoying video games on my iPhone and my iPad over time. From Pokemon Go to Hearthstone to Monument Valley, there’s at all times one thing on my telephone or pill to burn up with whereas I’m ready on a subway or earlier than I fall asleep. But none of those video games maintain my consideration the best way Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can.
I used to be momentarily intrigued when Apple Arcade was unveiled again in March, nevertheless it felt prefer it may simply be a part of the puzzle that’s Apple’s tenuous grasp on gaming. It seems that the opposite piece of that puzzle was controller assist, and now (offering the worth is true), the thought of a curated subscription service filled with high quality cellular video games is considerably extra compelling. If I can play Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm with a PS4 controller on my iPad or my iPhone, that’s the place I’m going to play it. The identical will probably be true of different video games as nicely.
I’m below no phantasm that Apple is any nearer to knocking the market leaders off their perch than it was six or seven years in the past, however the addition of PS4 and Xbox…