Redesigned Siri Remote skips accelerometer and gyroscope, waving goodbye to Apple TV gaming

The new redesigned Siri Remote comes without an accelerometer or gyroscope, meaning that it will not work as a motion controller for a few Apple TV games that supported it.

During its virtual ‘Spring Loaded’ event, Apple introduced a new Apple TV Siri remote alongside the new Apple TV 4K. The new redesigned smart remote has an all-aluminum body, click buttons, and is thicker than the previous model. The remote‚Äôs intuitive navigation controls are designed to make it easier to watch movies and shows on Apple TV.

Apple TV 4K Siri Remote

Apple’s new Siri Remote comes without a gyroscope and accelerometer, goodbye to motion/tilt-based tvOS games

The entire remote is touch-sensitive and allows you to perform horizontal and vertical swipe gestures in a similar way as the first Siri remote. But additionally, users can treat the circumference of the ring like a jog-wheel. The Menu button has also been replaced by a backward-pointing arrow which technically means ‘back’. And instead of a microphone button located on the front of the remote, it has been moved to the side. It gives the remote a vibe similar to iPhone.

Apple TV Siri Remote

Due to the absence of an accelerometer and gyroscope, the new Siri Remote will not be compatible with motion or tilt-based Apple TV games. Rather, users will need to use the original Siri Remote or an Apple-certified game controller. The following message will appear if you try to connect the latest Siri Remote with motion or tilt-based games:

To play this game on your Apple TV, you need to connect Apple TV Remote (1st generation) or a compatible PlayStation, Xbox, or MFi controller.

Gaming with the Siri Remote on Apple TV has always been more of an alternative, as mostly everyone prefers a full-fledged console like Xbox, Nintendo Switch, or PS4. Those users who play tvOS games, prefer playing them with an actual game controller. This means that the lack of an accelerometer and gyroscope will not be a dealbreaker for a majority of the users.

The new Apple TV smart remote costs $59 and is compatible with the new Apple TV 4K and previous Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD models.

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