As we discovered in our early days gaming on the new Apple TV, a gamepad strongly benefits the play experience, since the Siri Remote has its limitations. And it’s not just for hardcore players: Having analog sticks and a traditional button layout makes a lot of casual games more comfortable and playable, as well. Having a gamepad also comes in handy if you play games on the iPad or iPhone, too.
Luckily, there are options. Two new pads—the SteelSeries Nimbus and Hori Horipad Ultimate—have been released specifically for the Apple TV, but also work with iOS, as well. And the older MFi (Made for iOS) controllers that connect over Bluetooth work just fine with the Apple TV.