“According to sources with knowledge of the product, the fourth-generation Apple TV will actively compete for TV gamers with updated hardware, software, and peripherals that will debut at Apple’s September 9 event in San Francisco,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“One of the next Apple TV’s tentpole features will be near-universal Siri control, a feature hinted at in Apple’s invitation to the event,” Gurman reports. “But the other will be deep support for gaming, representing Apple’s largest-ever effort to lure players from traditional consoles.”

“In addition to the convenience of downloading games directly from the Apple TV’s built-in App Store, and controlling many of them via a new bundled remote control, Apple will also support more complex, console-style Bluetooth game controllers with the pressure-sensitive buttons and joysticks previously introduced for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches… The new box will be announced alongside the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus at an event on September 9th.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: While the new Apple TV’s including remote will be capable of motion control, the new Apple TV will be an absolute boon for third-party Bluetooth gaming controllers (and perhaps with any luck an optional Apple-designed controller, too).

The fourth-generation Apple TV promises to be a most spectacular device. The word “update” will not do it justice. This just might finally be the Apple TV we’ve always wanted!

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