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Can Apple Vision Pro play games?

Unless you like playing on Apple Arcade, that’s about the best you can get.

Apple Vision Pro headset front in purple background

Quick Answer: Yes, the Apple Vision Pro can play games, but it’s not a priority for Apple. 

Apple showcased the new Vison Pro headset as a part of its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference. It was one of the most anticipated products of the conference that turned out to be a phenomenal reveal. 

Starting at $3,499, the Apple Vision Pro packs a powerful punch with its custom micro-OLED display, M2 chip, and innovative R1 chip. This places it leagues ahead of competitors such as the Meta Quest and PSVR

So, it is clear that Apple’s Vision Pro has the necessary power, but is it designed to play games? 

Does Apple Vision Pro play games? 

Short Answer: Technically, yes, but most users aren’t buying it for games. 

According to Apple’s website, the company has 100 playable Apple Arcade games ready to go, even with support for most gaming controllers.

Users can also play over 100 Apple Arcade games on a screen as large as they want, with incredible immersive audio and support for popular game controllers.”

At WWDC, Apple made it clear that unlike the Meta Quest—which initially launched as a VR gaming console—gaming would not be a priority for the Vision Pro. Instead, they are positioning it as a workplace solution.

Apple Vision Pro side view
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Essentially, Apple is charting a divergent path with Vision Pro. They aim to incite a revolution in modern computing, mirroring the groundbreaking impact they had on mobile computing with the iPhone

It is also true Apple has been marketing Vision Pro as an AR solution from the beginning. And the design reflects it. The headset’s highly demanding hardware requires a connection, via a cord, to an external battery.

Sure, it’s a straightforward solution for a device that needs a lot of power. But it’s not great for gaming. Dragging a cable around all the time would limit your movements.

Ultimately, Apple Vision Pro is, without a doubt, an excellent product. The 30-minute showcase at the WWDC is proof. But the showcase also clarified that Vision Pro is meant for the workplace, not gaming. 

Lastly, we want to mention the presence of Hideo Kojima, who announced Death Stranding coming to Vision Pro. And that’s the jist of it. It was the only reference to Vision Pro’s gaming capabilities.

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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe. Saurav has recently joined Know Techie and is proud to be a part of it.

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