The freshly updated Apple TV has launched, and it’s got token support for gaming! Hooray! While that device isn’t exactly a console-crushing powerhouse, it does have a few titles here and there that might be worth a look. For the full experience, you’re going to want a controller, and if you want a controller for the Apple TV, you’re definitely going to want SteelSeries’ Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller.
The Nimbus most closely resembles the Wii’s Classic Controller Pro. No complaints there; that was an excellent piece of kit, as is the Nimbus, which feels solid and responds as well as one would expect. You’ve got two sticks, four triggers, a d-pad, a power switch and five face buttons. No fanciness here, just well-executed fundamentals. Even the D-pad isn’t all that terrible. What’s more, the controller can be charged via Lightning cable and lasts pretty much forever on a full charge.
You can use the Nimbus to play games, of course, but you can also use it to navigate menus in the new Apple TV. This is often superior to the included Siri remote, and it’s certainly faster for manipulating the Apple TV’s disastrous text input system. Connecting the Nimbus to the Apple TV is a snap much like any other Bluetooth 4.0 pairing setup, so you’ll be gaming in seconds.
Really, there’s not much to complain about with the Nimbus itself. The problem is that this is an Apple-only peripheral so you’re going to use it with your Apple products or you’re not going to use it at all. Your selection of games, then, is relatively limited; the mobile market, despite desperate claims to the contrary, is comprised almost entirely of money-grubbing free-to-play casual games that aren’t going to capture your attention or merit the use of a $50 controller. At least there’s Lightning compatibility, so you’ll always be charged up and ready to go.
There are a few diamonds in the rough: Transistor, Implosion: Never Lose Hope, and so on – but most of these are available in a superior form elsewhere. Frankly, this kind of controller hungers for more! It’s fortunate that there’s a SteelSeries app you can use to find compatible games and milk this baby for all it’s worth. Oh, and you can play games on Mac with it as well, because we all know that the Mac is the platform of choice for gaming.
The Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller is a nice piece of kit that makes an excellent addition to the new Apple TV, should you intend to use that device for gaming. Any disappointment you experience with that decision is going to be based on the limited number of games available rather than any issues with the Nimbus itself. With that in mind, it’s easy to recommend the Nimbus if you’ve got some change to spare and really, really want to play Crossy Road with a controller. I’m not sure why you’d want that, but the Nimbus is there to make it happen!