The brand new Apple TV finally went on sale, and Apple is doing heavy marketing on several accessories to go along with the launch. We outlined some of the more interesting accessories in this article, but the Siri Remote requires a special mention.
It is, naturally, bundled with all new Apple TVs. When you purchase a brand new Apple TV, you get all the items that you require to get started right in the box. However, Apple is selling the Siri Remote as a separate item as well.
This intrigued users for a couple of reasons—first of all, the Siri Remote is more expensive than base configuration Apple TV. The remote is $79, the new Apple TV is $149 (depending on the storage) and has Siri Remote included. Via simple math, without the Siri Remote, the new Apple TV is $70.
What’s way more interesting than the price itself is the curious fact that you cannot connect more than one Siri Remote at a time. You’ve heard it right, only one Siri Remote may be connected to an Apple TV at any given time. In essence, that means no multiplayer games using multiple Siri Remotes, or anything else of similar nature. For this reason alone, you should delay the extra Siri Remote purchase for some later time.
But what if you really have a knack for some good ol’ multiplayer gaming? In such case, you can still use iPhones or an iPods touch as an input option. Or, if you’re looking for traditional tactile feedback, you can go for something like a SteelSeries Nimbus, or any other compatible wireless Bluetooth controller.
There can be some valid reasons for obtaining an additional Siri Remote, and because of that, Apple is putting them on sale. What if you break your Siri Remote, or what if you lose it? Well, instead of having to pay the full price of $149 to get a new one, you can just pay a mere price of $79 instead.
That’s the main reason that these Siri Remotes are being sold separately. It is strange, however, that Apple recommend the remote during the checkout process. It seems that Apple has discontinued this practice. The recommendation could have easily confused those not in the know, and made them assume that multiple Siri Remotes could be used Wii-style.