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Apple’s plan to take over the living room while destroying Microsoft and Sony

BGR: Let’s just be honest… we are at the absolute end of the road for gaming consoles. There is no reason that you are going to need a dedicated gaming machine in the next year or two — you probably don’t even need one now. What makes this more troubling for Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 is that this big, heavy, bulky, hot and loud gaming consoles have to last for an extremely long time in order for them to be profitable for each company. We have been on a 7 to 8-year life cycle for game consoles for the last couple decades, and that model isn’t going to be sustainable going into the future. In fact, Nintendo can’t even sell its brand new Wii U.

This is where Apple comes in.

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NameRemoved00171069d ago

Eventually the only option will be:
1. Buy a good computer to run the game.
2. Stream it.

I honestly don't think this will happen for another 10 years atleast.

HammadTheBeast1069d ago

I dunno why people see Apple as such a big threat. Last I checked, Call of Duty was the biggest entertainment launch ever, and Apple was having a pretty major fight with Samsung, MS, and Google.

In the end, consoles are going nowhere, this same article pops up every few years.

Ignore.

andibandit1069d ago

I think the author means that the physical form of the console is doomed, not that gaming like we do today is gonna stop.
Think about it: they're already putting built-in discplayers, webbrowsers and voice recognition stuff into TV,s....how long before someone gets the idea to put a console into it

shoddy1069d ago

I don't play cheap ten dollar games.

AliTheSnake11068d ago (Edited 1068d ago )

I really don't care if the future was streaming, clouds, playstation, PC or steam console, as long as there is AAA games that i can OWN and no motion crap.

Diver1068d ago

Yeah apple tv howa that working. Apple is losing ground left right and center. When a friendlier faster spreading platform like Android can't then apple is gong nowhere.

greenlantern28141068d ago

agreed plus who would really want an iconsole from apple

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givemeshelter1069d ago

They also said this of Digital Downloads for games. Cloud gaming will be in full effect before this new generation is over.

NameRemoved00171068d ago (Edited 1068d ago )

@givemeshelter

Nvidia has already said that cloud gaming is not for harcore gamers or PC so hope Sony makes a PS5 because I doubt we will see another real console from MS after the xbone. It is to replace the casual market that lives somewhere with access to fiber in the near future.

HammadTheBeast1068d ago

No it won't. Once everyone has fibre optic cables and fast internet, sure.

3-4-51068d ago

People will always have a physical console and physical copies of games.

There will then always be a market for it.

They can't ignore a market they could make billions from so they will have to keep making consoles and physical copies of games.

People want A.....they want them to want B instead of just marketing A and making money on A.

They are greedy and think they can make more money on B, even though they are making Billions on A.

It's greed really.

dedicatedtogamers1069d ago

"Let’s just be honest… we are at the absolute end of the road for gaming consoles. "

Aaaand that's where I stopped reading. Just because every wannabe tech-site is madly in love with making a yearly $500 purchase of the newest Apple toy doesn't mean gamers are the same way. We just came off the highest-selling gaming generation of all time (both for consoles and for handhelds).

We were told Apple was going to kill the DS, and instead DS became the best-selling handheld in the history of gaming.

Yeah...

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The_Infected1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

"BGR: Let’s just be honest… we are at the absolute end of the road for gaming consoles."

Yea I've heard this forever. I mean wouldn't we all like to step back in the past and play those crappy low budget horrendous graphic mobile games rather than play next gen games like te new Halo, Killzone, Destiny and Titanfall? Sounds like a crazy nightmare to me.

Emilio_Estevez1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

PC's used to be what would would eliminate consoles, now it's mobile games and I guess in the future it will be Apple.

NameRemoved00171069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

The new consoles are just Pcs in console boxes so technically PC did kill off the traditional console. Xbone is using dumbed down windows 8 OS and the PS4 is using BSD as a base OS.

The_Infected1069d ago

^^

There is no PC with 8Gb GDDR5 "unified" ram system memory like PS4 has. Yes GDDR5 has more latency than DDR3 but with it being SOC that eliminates that latency.

InTheLab1069d ago

Dude....Temple Run 2 blows those games ou....lmao. Cant even finish that.

I hate mobile fanboys...

T21068d ago

Yeah ill just switch to pay-for-upgrades , boring , sht graphic games like on the ridiculous overpriced ipad , / s

rainslacker1068d ago

People were saying this about this generation a couple years ago. Particularly after Sony purchased Gaikai, and The Cloud became the biggest thing ever...even though it's been around for quite a while.

It would appear to me that Apple has no interest in the console market, or anything that could supplant it. If they were, they sure aren't trying to find a way to market it to anyone who cares about console gaming.

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Kyur4ThePain1069d ago

"There is no reason that you are going to need a dedicated gaming machine in the next year or two — you probably don’t even need one now."

What, exactly, is this assumption based on? I can promise you I need and *want* a dedicated gaming machine.

MultiConsoleGamer1069d ago

Apple just dropped the atomic bomb on the gaming industry and no one realizes it yet.

Clueless people will say "but those iOS games wont complete with Halo 5 / The Last of Us, etc." But they're wrong. They will.

Steve Jobs conquers the gaming industry from beyond the grave.

THC CELL1069d ago

Lol you need to go read pal, I will help u because I don't think you have a brain, Steve jobs hated games. Again Steve jobs hated games.

MultiConsoleGamer1069d ago

Steve Jobs didn't hate games, he hated buttons. He was indifferent towards the subject of games, but he also worked with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak at Atari.

And since you're obviously afraid of this new development I'm going to tell you something you don't want to hear.

Apple is going to knock someone out of the video game market. It's a guaranteed fact. That company is the current weakest link in the gaming industry. A company that has seen a lot of financial trouble. A company that already lost another important market to Apple in the past.

Here's a clue for the clueless, Jobs actually used to respect this company until they squandered a very important market. They had both the hardware and the IP to dominate an industry and Apple walked right in and stole it all.

dedicatedtogamers1069d ago

Angry Birds made about $175 million last year, including merchandise and licensing.

Nintendo alone (not including Sony, MS, EA, Ubi, Capcom, etc. etc) made $8 billion, and that was a BAD YEAR for them.

I think you're terribly confused. Steve Jobs continues to lead the sheep from beyond the grave.

MultiConsoleGamer1068d ago

App Store revenue was $2.2 Billion in just one quarter. There are a lot more games than just Angry Birds, which is a franchise that collectively has raked in billions. Call me when they have store chains dedicated to Halo or Killzone.

Apple Stock = $413
Microsoft Stock = $33
Nintendo Stock = $13
Sony Stock = $20

The industry has changed forever and as usual the fanboys are the last to know.

T21068d ago

Nope, its apple sheep that are the last to know .. Not one of those ios games is even remotely interesting and will never kill real vid games

saint_seya1068d ago

And when u thought that u heard all kind of stupid comments... You get another that beat em all! Good job MultiConsoleGamer.
I guess that having the highest preorders of consoles in this days proves your doom #dumb# theory.
"Apple is going to knock someone out of the video game market. It's a guaranteed fact. That company is the current weakest link in the gaming industry. A company that has seen a lot of financial trouble. A company that already lost another important market to Apple in the past"
At least i know now why my mother told me not to use drugs when i was a kid.

rainslacker1068d ago

"Apple is going to knock someone out of the video game market. It's a guaranteed fact."

Actually that's an assumption, not a fact. Facts are based on...what do they call them...oh yeah...facts.

"That company is the current weakest link in the gaming industry."

You mean MS? The company that produces the least amount of 1st party titles of all the big 3? Sony is currently selling more systems worldwide and more software worldwide than the other 2 companies.

"A company that has seen a lot of financial trouble."

What company hasn't seen financial trouble? From a gaming standpoint, they are all making money off the gaming divisions. I assume you're implying Sony. However the PS brand is one of Sony's biggest money makers. They have plenty of things to drop before they'd give up on PS. On the other hand, Xbox is one of MS lowest performing divisions. Many analysts have recommended that MS drop the line to boost it's portfolio.

"A company that already lost another important market to Apple in the past."

You mean smartphones? MS lost to Apple and Google in the mobile market. Or perhaps you mean PC's. Windows OS is taking a major hit due to tablets from again, both Apple and Google. Or perhaps the MP3 player market. Guess who lost out big time on Zune...to none other than Apple.

"Here's a clue for the clueless, Jobs actually used to respect this company until they squandered a very important market."

Yeah. Because that transition to a new CEO to turn the company around means nothing. Are you still going to be calling out Sony on their mistakes 10 years from now when they either leave those markets Jobs was talking about, or find a way to capitalize on them again?

Steve Jobs criticized MS at one point too you know.

From his biography
""They've clearly fallen from their dominance," he said. "They've become mostly irrelevant. And yet I appreciate what they did and how hard it was. They were very good at the business side of things. They were never as ambitious product-wise as they should have been.""

And he really dislikes Steve Ballmer

From his biography
"When the sales guys run the company, the product guys don't matter so much, and a lot of them just turn off," he said. "It happened at Apple when Sculley came in, which was my fault, and it happened when Ballmer took over at Microsoft." As a consequence, "I don't think anything will change at Microsoft as long as Ballmer is running it."

Not really sure what Job's opinion has to do with anything anymore though. The man is dead, and he doesn't make decisions for Apple.

Hicken1068d ago

... usually, when an atomic bomb is dropped, the only reason you wouldn't realize it is because you're already dead. And, last I checked, consoles were still alive and kickin, and more popular than they've ever been.

Yeah, pretty sure this has been the best-selling, most even console generation... EVER.

And exactly HOW will those iOS games compete? By the time they're capable of stuff like Halo and The Last of Us, consoles will be doing things far better.

... essentially, you just talked a lot about nothing.

MultiConsoleGamer1068d ago

No amount of "no u" replies, insults or denial will change the truth.

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