From redesigned notifications in iOS 15 to a redesigned multitasking interface in iPadOS 15, there have been many improvements that every user has been able to benefit from.However, one aspect that was not discussed first was the game. Even though there was no opening speech section on this topic in detail, there were a lot of presentations around the game. subject, and you may not even have realized it.
This is where I think Apple sets the stage for an even greater focus on gaming and maybe even Apple Arcade, maybe even as early as E3.
A Konami game code
Apple and games have had a tenuous relationship in recent years. While Steam on Mac arrived in 2011, games were scarce, with the Half Life series and the Steam app being discontinued on Intel Macs, with apparently no plans for Valve to create a Steam version for Apple Silicon and M1 Macs. .
Since the explosion of the App Store in 2008, games have paradoxically taken a large place on iOS, with the Ipod touch being tilted for play first, and music second. This is probably the reason why you can use iOS apps on the M1 Macs, to bring a large amount of games to macOS as well.
With every iOS announcement, new features for games have been added, one of them being support for game controllers, such as the Xbox controller and Sony’s DualShock 4, and as recent as iOS 14.6, the PlayStation 5 Dual Sense controller. Instead of using your hands to play games on the touchscreen, you can finally use a controller as it’s meant to be played, with Sonic, DOOM, and even Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, all on your iPhone or iPad.
But with all the announcements at WWDC this week, it looks like the big features are also tied to the game without anyone noticing.
A double dose of opportunities
Take SharePlay – a fantastic feature Apple showcased in Monday’s opening keynote, where you and a group of friends could watch something on Disney Plus together on FaceTime for example. But at the end of this section, it was shown that Twitch is adding support for SharePlay soon.
One particular aspect that helped my sanity during the lockdown last year was the game streams, this one by Richie Morgan mostly. A year later, I can imagine using SharePlay with her broadcasts as they were live, having myself and friends joining in on the feature, or even Richie’s audience at the time, all gathered in one. SharePlay room and treat it like we’re watching him play Metal Gear Solid at the nearest stadium.
But that’s only one aspect – having this work in tandem with Apple Arcade might be why the service was barely mentioned this week, but only the API features around the game – “for gamers.” ” therefore, to say.
You can now use a PlayStation or Xbox controller to navigate your iPad’s home screen, so you don’t have to switch between a trackpad or your fingers to select another game. Plus, as long as the developer supports it, there’s even a new feature to capture 15 seconds of footage in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey by pressing the “Capture” button on your controller, and it’s saved to your Camera Roll. or the Photos app on macOS 12 Monterey.
Yet another feature is the widgets. In-game events from the App Store can now be displayed on a widget, so you can select the games you are interested in and in-game events will display on that widget. If you play Pokemon GO a lot, for example, having a big widget on your iPad’s home screen displaying the next event for a Hoh-Hoh could come in very handy.
Game Center even seems to be making a comeback since its debut in iOS 4. In the years since, it has faded into obscurity, with users unsure if it’s still around after the app disappeared and was. threw in a section of the Settings app.
Here, widgets abound for Game Center, along with new APIs that allow users to invite friends and catch up on leaderboards when they’re back in a game.
Microsoft having announced the imminent arrival of Xbox Game Pass as an app on televisions, it will be a challenge for Apple to have players in its walled garden, and even more difficult given that their guidelines for the App Store still do not allow it. only one application for Game Pass to be available.
Apple has talked a great game about its ambitions for gaming on its platforms at WWDC, but it’s time to put these new features to good use. With an M1 chip in the new iPad Pro, and rumors abound about what an M1X / M2 chip might be able to do for graphics, let’s start by seeing newer games on the platform, so we can use SharePlay and this new form of Center in Among Us, Crash 4, or even Golf with Friends.
This is what will help users to subscribe to Apple Arcade – to have a service that works on all Apple platforms, but with most of the latest games, ready to play on your Apple device locally.
Time will tell if an improved version is announced towards the release of iOS 15 and other platforms, but for now, the features announced at WWDC give a lot of hope to gamers and developers who use Apple devices. .