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Using Dual Screen AirPlay and an iOS device, such as an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, it’s possible to play games on Apple TV. With this configuration the iOS device acts as a controller as gameplay is displayed on TV. With a touch screen and motion sensors, your iOS device provides an excellent gaming experience.
Let’s take a look at the most popular Dual Screen AirPlay games: Motion Tennis, BitBreaker, Ducati Challenge HD, Four In A Row, MetalStorm: Online, N.O.V.A. 3, Real Racing 3, SketchParty TV, The Incident, The Walking Dead: The Game and Zombie Gunship.
How to Setup Dual Screen AirPlay
Before reviewing Dual Screen AirPlay games, let’s explore how to enable this AirPlay feature. In order to use Dual Screen AirPlay, you need an iOS device, an Apple TV and a TV set. Your iOS device must support AirPlay Mirroring. The iPhone 4, for example, will not work as it does not support Mirroring. Compatible devices include: iPad 2 (or later), iPad mini, iPhone 4S (or later) and the 5th generation iPod Touch. The first generation Apple TV is not compatible with AirPlay Mirroring. The 2nd and 3rd generations models (the small, black “hockey pucks”) are required to play Dual Screen AirPlay games.
AirPlay must be configured before you can play video games on Apple TV. Make sure that your iOS device and Apple TV are on the same WiFi network. Next, turn on AirPlay screen mirroring on your iOS device. If you’re running iOS 7, slide up Control Center and tap on the AirPlay icon. A panel will pop up with AirPlay options. Tap “Apple TV” and then slide the Mirroring switch to On. You should see your iOS device’s screen mirrored on your TV.
If you’re using iOS 6, activate AirPlay Screen Mirroring by double tapping the home button. Next, slide your finger to the right over the multi-tasking tray, until the media controls appear. Tap the AirPlay icon and tap on your Apple TV as the target, then switch Mirroring on. Your iOS device’s screen should appear on your TV. Turn on AirPlay Mirroring before you launch any of these games.
Rolocule’s Motion Tennis is one of the most ambitious and innovative efforts to bring motion gaming to Apple TV. Using your iPhone or iPod touch as a motion controller, users can play tennis on Apple TV. Motion Tennis goes beyond the basics and provides a feature-rich tennis experience.
Motion Tennis features a smooth and lag-free gaming experience, thanks to software optimizations that mitigate AirPlay Mirroring lags. To be fair, most of the games featured in this article don’t have noticeable lag. Professional game developers realize that poor gaming performance is simply unacceptable.
Going beyond the basics, players can connect two iOS devices for a multiplayer game. The app also calculates the amount of calories burned, making it a fun way to get fit. You can even customize the tennis environment, with choices of grass, clay or synthetic courts. Gameplay is exceptionally realistic, with the ability to perform groundstrokes, lobs, and slices while accurately directing the ball with precise motion detection.
Motion Tennis requires a fairly recent iOS device in order to work. The game runs on the iPhone 4S (or later) and the 5th generation iPod touch. These devices must be running iOS 6 or later. An Apple TV (2nd or 3rd gen) is also required. At $7.99 the game seems a bit pricey, but it has a lot to offer. The developers clearly put a lot of effort into this game. It’s much less expensive than a gym membership or even a can of tennis balls.
Motion Tennis is just the tip of the iceberg for software developer Rolocule. More motion controlled Apple TV games are in the works. They plan to create a suite of games, turning Apple TV into a motion controlled game console.
tip: Use Motion Tennis to add some fun to your exercise routine. (continue…)