The Apple TV is capable of supporting stereoscopic 3D apps on 3D-capable televisions, according to longtime Apple game developers Pangea Software.
So when can we expect the first wave of 3D Apple TV games? The answer to that question is “right now,” since Pangea has revealed that five of its titles already take advantage of the technology.
As the devs explain, “All of Pangea’s games have the capability of playing in stereo-3D on any HDTV which is 3DTV capable. This not only adds an extra visual element to the games, but in many cases it gives the player an advantage since 3D makes it easier to aim weapons and calculate jumps. Additionally, all of the games are Game Controller compatible, so they can be played with either the Siri Remote or with any tvOS compatible Gamepad.”
Pangea’s 3D games include dogfighting combat game Air Wings, action-adventure game Bugdom 2, dinosaur battling game Nanosaur 2, asteroid-blasting Nucleus, and robot adventure game Otto Matic.
Pangea Software founder Brian Greenstone tells Touch Arcade that:
“We have been waiting for this for many years. When Apple announced that the Apple TV 4 would support 3rd-party apps we jumped right on it! This is a watershed moment for the video game industry because I think it represents Apple’s first step into conquering the console market. It may not look like it now, but given time the Apple TV will almost certainly cause major disruptions in the console gaming market. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo should be very worried.”
Apple started accepting tvOS apps late last week. In addition to 3DTV support, the new set-top box includes an advanced touchpad remote control, Siri integration, and (of course) its own dedicated App Store. You can check out our review of the refreshed Apple TV here.