A day ahead of Vision Pro’s release, Apple put a spotlight on more than 600 new “spatial” apps and games made specifically for the headset. They join more than a million Vision Pro-compatible apps Friday in the App Store.
“Apple Vision Pro is unlocking the imaginations of our worldwide developer community, and we’re inspired by the range of spatial experiences they’ve created for this exciting new platform,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of worldwide developer relations.
More than 600 new spatial apps and games await Vision Pro’s release
Apps designed for Vision Pro can scale beyond a traditional display and take advantage of the headset’s three-dimensional interface that users navigate with eyes, hands and voice, Apple said. More than 600 new spatial apps and games become available in the App Store on Friday, February 2.
“With more than 600 new spatial experiences to explore in the all-new App Store, alongside more than 1 million compatible apps across iOS and iPadOS, users can discover a wide array of apps that expand the boundaries of what’s possible,” Prescott said. “These incredible apps will change how we experience entertainment, music and games; spark our imaginations with new ways to learn and explore; unlock productivity like never before; and so much more. Developers are already capturing the promise of spatial computing, and we can’t wait to see what they create next.”
Apple reiterated that Vision Pro can make any room into a personal theater with a gigantic virtual screen for movies, TV shows and sporting events. The mixed-reality headset also provides new ways to work with and share digital content. Plus, it adds another level to gaming and provides an exciting way to experience new places.
And the new apps and games cover all that territory.
Apple pointed out that each of Vision Pro’s two displays provides more pixels than a 4K display does, giving a viewer the equivalent of a 100-foot screen to watch. That would give new meaning to a golf simulator or game. Apple cited the new PGA Tour Vision app.
“With Apple Vision Pro and the power of spatial computing, Apple is teeing us up to deliver an innovative and immersive way of experiencing professional golf,” said Scott Gutterman, PGA Tour’s senior vice president of digital operations. “PGA Tour Vision, the first golf app developed for Apple Vision Pro, takes fans inside the ropes and directly onto the greens of the world’s most iconic courses, from Pebble Beach to TPC Sawgrass, no matter where they are.”
Apple also noted other sports apps and games:
With the NBA app on Apple Vision Pro, basketball fans can stream up to five broadcasts live or on demand with Multiview, keep an eye on real-time player and team stats, and effortlessly glance at other games and scores. MLB immerses users in a ballpark with a view from home plate and stats from each pitch. Red Bull TV displays 3D maps of races paired with high-quality video and immersive environments. And soccer fans can access MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app, home of Major League Soccer. With compatible apps from top cable services — including Charter Spectrum, Comcast Xfinity, Cox Contour, Sling TV, and Verizon Fios — and sports broadcasters — including ESPN, CBS, Paramount+, NBC, NBC Sports, Peacock, FOX Sports, and the UFC — Vision Pro users always have the best seat in the house.
Major entertainment apps like Disney+ are on the Vision Pro bandwagon, as well. Imax offers awe-inspiring viewing of 2D and 3D content. HBO’s Max delivers movies, TV series, breaking news and live sports, with some titles available in 4K and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos.
And that could really resonate with fans of Game of Thrones and its prequel on HBO, House of the Dragon.
“With the Max app for Apple Vision Pro, fans can transform their space using the Iron Throne Room environment for an immersive experience that brings viewers into the iconic Red Keep,” said Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO of HBO and Max content. “The intricate Targaryen-era adornments will make fans feel like they’re watching the programming available on Max in Westeros during the height of their reign.”
Apple TV, Apple Music, Apple Arcade and Safari
Apple also described Vision Pro user options within its own services and products:
With the Apple TV app, users can also experience all Apple Originals from Apple TV+, more than 200 3D movies, and Apple Immersive Video, which puts viewers right inside the action with 180-degree, 8K 3D recordings captured with Spatial Audio. On Apple Music, listeners can download and stream more than 100 million songs ad-free with Spatial Audio featuring Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio with ultra-low latency using AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with USB-C. While native apps deliver experiences that take full advantage of the capabilities of spatial computing, Apple Vision Pro users can also enjoy their favorite video and music streaming services in Safari, including the ability to open multiple windows, go full screen, listen with Spatial Audio, and launch an Environment for an entertainment experience unlike any other.