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Apple TV to serve as a games console with next hardware refresh – rumour

Friday, 24th January 2014 01:10 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Rumours suggests Apple is finally getting into the console game with its next Apple TV set top box device.

Both 9to5Mac and iLounge have reported the rumour, citing anonymous sources.

The new version of the Apple TV is said to be “well into testing” and expected in the first half of 2014, depending on content partnerships.

Apple is believed to be working on Bluetooth-powered controllers for the new device, which will run games directly rather than streaming them from other Apple devices like iPhones.

The set top box will allegedly have an operating system based on iOS, and speculation is rife that it will have a dedicated App Store.

Thanks, IGN.

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  1. efnaldinho

    Priced properly, could sink all consoles and all companies.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. Junior

    Apple doesn’t make any of the games offered on their system. So, no they could not.

    All other companies could easily retaliate.

    They could if they partnered with either Nintendo or Sony.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    @1

    Keep dreaming. All they will give access to are the mobile games on the iOS hardly worth claiming doom over consoles on.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. melonbuster1

    Just more crapware.. indie trash games.. just like the crap indie trash on ps4… but worse

    #4 6 months ago
  5. FeaturePreacher

    Apple wants to release a weak arm based piece of crap to try and go against the Ouya. If this is true, and not just another bunch of wishful thinking from Apple’s fruity fans, this would be an interesting admission of the limitations of phony games and touch only interfaces. But this is just some stupid rumor drummed up by people who are finally starting to realize how fadish mobile gaming is. If Apple has spent the last 6 or 7 years ignoring hardcore gaming, it’s more than likely they’ll spend the next years continuing to ignore it. Apple never gets into products they can’t sell each year with modest updates, so this is just a stupid rumor.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. The_Red

    I don’t think it will challenge PS4 / XB1. If anything, this could be a more popular and successful answer to all these android mini-consoles like Ouya and GameStick.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. Fin

    I don’t think people want to play mobile games on a tv :/

    #7 6 months ago
  8. Tormenter

    @7

    Only if they can carry the TV around with them.

    As a side note… are we going to have to start dealing with Apple fanbois in the games market too?.. It’s gonna get a bit crowded.

    #8 6 months ago
  9. eire88

    something new

    #9 6 months ago
  10. Pytox

    what if they have steam big picture on this eh :P

    #10 6 months ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    Admins, I’m trying to post a comment on this article but it seems to be getting caught in the spam queue for some reason.

    Is there some odd word being marked as spam or something?

    #11 6 months ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    Anywhere, here’s the post. It works if I edit it in after posting.

    —–

    @8 They can’t be any less tedious than console fanboys.

    Mobile gaming is a legitimate, fully integrated part of the gaming landscape. People and companies unwilling to accept it as part of that landscape will effectively become the next dinosaurs.

    While I’m hesitate to believe that this rumour is true, there’s a certain degree of evidence in the current market to suggest it could happen.

    Why?

    Apple has recently opened up official support for controllers on the iPhone, something which they’ve been adamantly against in the past. They’ve provided official APIs to devs to allow them to easily integrate it into their games.

    It’s turning out to be quite popular. We’re seeing a lot of game being released on the platform that support traditional controls straight off the bat. The platform has seeing a strong surge in higher price, higher quality “core games” in the last year as well.

    It wouldn’t be a large stretch to consider the idea that they could transfer this catalogue of titles over to the Apple TV platform. The universal parity of the iOS across devices would make this fairly easy to do.

    I think a lot of people would be all over the idea of a mobile gaming / media TV device that you can basically carry around in your pocket. I know I certainly would be.

    #12 6 months ago
  13. RocknRolla

    Don´t see it being superior to any console that is already out..

    #13 6 months ago
  14. Hybridpsycho

    Angry birds.

    #14 6 months ago
  15. yeoung

    If they maintain low prices for fairly simple games, it may have appeal for kids or novice gamers. If the price range of its software matches that of its mobile contemporaries, 10 bucks could buy some kid a couple games.

    Apple however, doesn’t generally market (its hardware) to kids and I don’t see casual gamers clamoring for a console experience with mobile titles. I’ve been wrong before though.

    #15 6 months ago
  16. ssjnel

    Interesting……..worth keeping on eye on to see price and games that come out… I never bought a roku nor any android box. I own a iphone5 and love my ps3 and recently bought a chromecast when it came out. I will be taking a look into this Apple TV/Game console very closely!

    #16 6 months ago