Generic Class


Manages periodic update messages for all component objects of a specified class.


class GKComponentSystem<ComponentType> : NSObject where ComponentType : GKComponent


A GKComponentSystem object manages periodic update messages for components in a game that uses Entity-Component architecture. Use a component system to perform per-frame logic for all components of a specific class without traversing your game’s object hierarchy to dispatch update messages.

Each GKComponentSystem object manages components of a specific GKComponent subclass. You create a component system with the init(componentClass:) initializer, specifying the component class it will work with. Then, you register the components used by the entities in your game with the addComponent(_:) or addComponent(foundIn:) methods. The component system will then forward any component-specific messages it receives to all registered instances of its component class.

The most important of the component-specific messages is the update(deltaTime:) method. Call this method from your game’s update/render loop—that is, from a method such as update(_:) (SpriteKit) or renderer(_:updateAtTime:) (SceneKit), or from a CADisplayLink (iOS) or CVDisplayLink (macOS) timer in a custom rendering engine. The component system then forwards to the update(deltaTime:) method of all the GKComponent subclass instances it manages, allowing those objects to perform per-frame update logic.

For more information on Entity-Component architecture, read Entities and Components in GameplayKit Programming Guide.


Creating a Component System

init(componentClass: AnyClass)

Initializes a component system to manage components of the specified class.

Managing a List of Components

var componentClass: AnyClass

The class of components managed by the component system.

var components: [ComponentType]

The component system’s list of components.

func addComponent(ComponentType)

Adds a component instance to the component system.

func addComponent(foundIn: GKEntity)

Adds any instances of the component system’s component class in the specified entity to the component system.

func removeComponent(ComponentType)

Removes the specified component instance from the component system.

func removeComponent(foundIn: GKEntity)

Removes any instances of the component system’s component class in the specified entity from the component system.

Performing Periodic Updates

func update(deltaTime: TimeInterval)

Tells all component instances managed by the system to perform their custom periodic actions.

Accessing Components With Subscript Syntax

subscript(Int) -> ComponentType

Returns the component at the specified index in the system’s list of components.


Inherits From

See Also

Entities and Components

class GKEntity

An object relevant to gameplay, with functionality entirely provided by a collection of component objects.

class GKComponent

The abstract superclass for creating objects that add specific gameplay functionality to an entity.