Apple tvOS Brings New Home Screen, Multi User Support, Compatibility with PlayStation & Xbox Game Controllers


During its WWDC 2019 keynote presentation in San Jose, California, Apple revealed newer and redesigned versions of all its operating systems, including iOS 13, macOS Catalina, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6. The company also revealed a completely new platform, iPadOS, for its tablets.

For its media players, the Apple TV and the Apple TV 4K, the company revealed tvOS 13. The new OS brings a new home screen design, multi-user support, content personalization, support for PlayStation as well as Xbox game controllers, and new 4K HDR screen savers.

Apple tvOS 13 Features

The Apple tvOS 13’s new home screen suggests content, including apps, games, music, and videos, even from third-party apps. Third-party apps can even play full-screen videos on the home screen, which looks like something that Apple was inspired by Netflix’s app. There’s support for multiple users on the same Apple TV, which means that everyone in the family can have their own content synced with the device and access it right from the new sidebar. Since it also features iCloud Sync, tvOS 13 will recommend personalized content to each user.

Apple tvOS 13 Home Screen Full-Screen Video Previews

The new Apple Music app also brings synced lyrics for millions of songs. Currently playing track can be accessed right from the Control Center. Thanks to multi-user support, everyone can have their personalized content, including Up Next, playlists, and radio recommendations. The company already has Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV+ apps for the tvOS, but newer apps will be even better. Apple is also bringing new 4K HDR video screensavers, which are all filmed under the sea in collaboration with BBC Natural History Unit (Blue Planet team) to tvOS 13.

This fall, when the public version of tvOS 13 will be released for the Apple TV and the Apple TV 4K, the company will also bring the Apple Arcade feature. Apple Arcade provides users access to over 100 new and exclusive games for up to six members in the family. Apple Arcade’s monthly subscription costs USD 9.99. Apple Arcade will also be available on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. Speaking of games, users will also be able to pair and use Sony PlayStation DualShock and Microsoft Xbox controllers with Apple TVs running tvOS 13.

Greg Joswiak, Vice President of Product Marketing, Apple, said, “tvOS powers the Apple TV 4K experience and continues to set the standard for home entertainment. With more personalized features to enjoy your favorite TV shows, movies, photos and music, expanded gaming support and stunning new screen savers, tvOS 13 delivers the most complete entertainment experience to everyone in the home.