Apple Vision Pro's Spatial Personas could bring couch co-op gaming back for a whole new generation

Apple Vision Pro.
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The Apple Vision Pro has been on sale for a couple of months now and while it might not have the same luster it did not that long ago, the arrival of Spatial Personas this week has changed that.

The feature allows people to go beyond their previous Persona's square box while adding a torso and arms to the mix. The result is a floating person in your room, and it's pretty magical from what we've already seen. Now, one Apple Vision Pro owner has shown how impressive this feature can be — and it might even bring back an old gaming experience that some will never have enjoyed,

Couch co-op was the only way to play games with your friends before the arrival of Xbox Live and other online gaming options, but it's gone the way of the dodo somewhat ever since. But as X user and Apple Vision Pro Brad Lynch has shown, the headset could bring that right back.

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In a a video embedded below, Lynch showed himself playing Cup Head via Steam's Remote Play Together feature alongside a friend who also had an Apple Vision Pro. It's the closest thing we've seen to couch co-op in a long time, and makes us wonder if this could be how we all play games in the future.

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Of course, for that to happen a couple of things need to be in place first. The Apple Vision Pro's starting price of $3,499 needs to fall dramatically, while an International launch is very much required. The headset is currently only available in the United States, but that's expected to change within the coming months.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.