Apple releases tvOS 14.5 with extended game controller support

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited April 26
Apple has released tvOS 14.5 to the public, updating the Apple TV's operating system with support for new game controllers and the Color Balance feature.




The tvOS update isn't a release with a lot of new features, though it does include some small tweaks. Arguably the biggest change relates to its new support of PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X game controllers.

Adding support for the controllers provides users with more options for playing games on the Apple TV. Many of the games included as part of Apple Arcade include controller support, so it is natural for Apple to support the controllers of the major current-generation consoles.

Support for both theXbox Series X and PlayStation 5 DualSense controllers is already included in iOS.

Announced during the "Spring Loaded" event, tvOS 14.5 also includes a Color Balance tool to improve the picture on a TV connected to the Apple TV. All models of Apple TV running tvOS 14.5 can use an iPhone to perform the quick procedure, by holding it an inch away from a specific region of the screen.

The update also includes the usual collection of bug fixes and performance improvements.

The update can be installed automatically on a fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K. A manual update can be performed by accessing the Settings app and selecting System, then Software Updates, followed by Update Software then by the Download and Install option.

Apple's previous tvOS update, tvOS 14.4, arrived on January 26. It largely consisted of minor tweaks and stability improvements.


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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,112member
    Why does Apple (or Nintendo?) not allow Switch controllers support?

    “ Adding support for the controllers provides users with more options for playing games on the Apple TV.”

    yeah. So many options for games.

    /s
    edited April 26
  • Reply 2 of 5
    Beats said:
    Why does Apple (or Nintendo?) not allow Switch controllers support?
    More likely Nintendo. As for games, all of the Apple Arcade titles will work well if you've got a 4K ATV. 4th gen HD ATV can struggle with some of the titles that use a 3D engine.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 5
    welshdogwelshdog Posts: 1,748member
    I installed it hoping to try out the new calibration tool. But no, I'm using Dolby whatever video to my TV and no calibration is needed  apparently.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 5
    nicholfdnicholfd Posts: 519member
    Beats said:
    Why does Apple (or Nintendo?) not allow Switch controllers support?

    “ Adding support for the controllers provides users with more options for playing games on the Apple TV.”

    yeah. So many options for games.

    /s
    Actually there are so many options for games.  Perhaps you haven't looked or even trialed Apple Arcade...
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 5
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 3,208member
    nicholfd said:
    Beats said:
    Why does Apple (or Nintendo?) not allow Switch controllers support?

    “ Adding support for the controllers provides users with more options for playing games on the Apple TV.”

    yeah. So many options for games.

    /s
    Actually there are so many options for games.  Perhaps you haven't looked or even trialed Apple Arcade...
    Right, yet another service to pay for...
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