Apple Announces tvOS 13 with Support for Xbox and PlayStation Controllers
Apple has just announced tvOS 13 for Apple TV at its 2019 WWDC keynote event in San Jose, California, promising to bring the “most personal cinematic experience ever” to the biggest screen in your home.
The latest tvOS update not only brings the much-awaited support for multiple user profiles, but also adds support for Apple Arcade, expanded game controller support, including Xbox and PlayStation game controllers, and some new 4K HDR screen savers that have been filmed under the sea.
“tvOS powers the Apple TV 4K experience and continues to set the standard for home entertainment,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “With more personalized features to enjoy your favourite TV shows, movies, photos and music, expanded gaming support and stunning new screen savers, tvOS 13 delivers the most complete entertainment experience to everyone in the home.”
Below are the highlights of some of the new features in tvOS 13:
New Home Screen
With tvOS 1#, apps can now play full-screen video previews on the new Home screen allowing users to quickly enjoy great new TV shows, movies, music and games.
The all-new Apple TV Control Center makes it easy to switch between family members so everyone gets their own personalized entertainment experience. Users see their unique Up Next list and receive TV and movie recommendations based on their tastes.
Apple Music on tvOS 13 takes advantage of multi-user support, so everyone at home can easily play their personalized playlists and recommendations. In addition, users can now follow along to on-screen lyrics timed in sync with their favourite songs.
This fall, Apple Arcade comes to Apple TV 4K. With a single subscription, a family of six will have unlimited access to over 100 new and exclusive games, all with no ads or additional purchases, and many will offer support for game controllers.
Xbox and PlayStation Game Controllers
tvOS 13 adds support for Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controller, making it even easier for gamers to take advantage of Apple Arcade and other great games on the App Store.1
New 4K Screen Savers
Filmed in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit, the team behind “Blue Planet,” tvOS 13 brings immersive new 4K screen saver videos captured from the depths of oceans around the world.
tvOS 13 developer preview is available for Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to tvOS users later this month. It will be available to the public as a free software update later this year for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.