The day is finally upon us, preorders for the new Apple TV are now live. It comes in two configurations, the 32GB model for $149 and the 64GB model for $199. It’s still not supremely clear which one you should go for, as how much storage you’ll actually be using in real-world use, particularly with how most things are streamed from iCloud, is a bit of a mystery. Apple recommends you opt for the bigger one if you’re planning on playing lots of games:
If you plan to use your Apple TV primarily to stream movies, TV shows, and music or to play a few apps and games, you’ll probably be fine with 32GB of storage. If you plan to download and use lots of apps and games, choose the 64GB configuration.1 Keep in mind when making your decision, that some apps, when in use, do require additional storage.
We’re still waiting to see how gaming on the Apple TV pans out, but right now, I’d look at the new Apple TV this way: Being able to search across all of your different streaming video providers is a game changer, and likely worth upgrading for exclusively. The fact that it’ll also play games is also pretty cool. Still, I’m not sure demand on these are going to be high enough that you’ll need to preorder one on day zero here to have a chance at getting one.
I opted for the fastest shipping, so hopefully I’ll be able to provide a thorough hands on when it arrives this Friday. Stay tuned for that.