The Apple TV version of Disney Infinity 3.0 comes with the SteelSeries Nimbus controller. The Nimbus is the controller that Apple has been promoting as an accessory to the new Apple TV, which features an App Store and gaming with the Siri remote.
For gamers who want a more traditional console experience, the $49.95 Nimbus is the tool to do it with.
The inclusion of the Nimbus puts the Apple TV version of Disney Infinity at $100, compared to the console version, which sells for $64.99.
Skylanders SuperChargers, Disney Infinity’s biggest competitor, is coming to Apple TV with the same Starter Pack that it sells for all iOS devices. This includes a custom Skylanders-branded Bluetooth controller. It costs $74.99–the same as Skylanders SuperChargers on consoles.
By all accounts the Nimbus is a good controller. SteelSeries, which produces the Nimbus, is a company that has specialized in pro-gaming hardware, including keyboards, headphones, and computer mice. Apple’s partnership with SteelSeries could be viewed as a courtship of a more hardcore gaming audience, the kind which is unlikely to be interested in playing on the Apple TV.
But let’s say you are interested in playing Disney Infinity 3.0 on the new Apple TV. Right now, you can buy the Apple TV Starter Pack at Apple stores only. It includes the Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano figures, as well as the Twilight of the Republic Play Set. The Infinity Base is black to match the Apple TV, as opposed to Disney’s usual white, and it uses Bluetooth technology to connect.
“We’ve engineered the Nimbus Wireless Controller especially for Apple TV gameplay experiences, and it was only fitting to include it in the Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack for players to enjoy the game the way it was intended to be played,” said Craig Olson, the President of SteelSeries mobile in a statement. Disney Infinity is considered one of the killer games for the Apple TV, especially for families who don’t have consoles.
The question remains whether people who haven’t already invested in a big-name console like the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will want to spend a hundred dollars on a game for the Apple TV.
That being said, getting the SteelSeries Nimbus controller into the hands of those players at what amounts to a $15 discount (considering the price of the Disney Infinity bundle versus what the Nimbus usually costs), might be worth it for Apple and SteelSeries.
We’ll keep you posted on where the best deals for Disney Infinity are going into the holiday season. You can read our review of Disney Infinity 3.0 right here.