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Is Apple preparing a game console?

Might be looking at it with a new AppleTV-like box
The rumors are once again finding their way to us from a number of sources suggesting that Apple is apparently again looking at the possibility of offering their own gaming console of some type.

The reason for this is apparently that Apple would like to further expand the iOS platform; and it comes as no surprise that the majority of the best selling applications for the iOS platform happen to be games, and this is something that Apple maybe didn’t think was going to happen, but it has.

Apple’s best ticket into a gaming console of some sort is said to be a very robust and upgraded AppleTV box that would apparently use the A5 processor, which would yield somewhere between five times to as much as seven times the horsepower seen in the previous generations. That could be the ticket for Apple to move into this space.

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movements2607d ago (Edited 2607d ago )

I hope so. And that console looks good...I know it's a mockup..

EYEamNUMBER12607d ago

why would you hope so?
what would apple have to offer that 1 of the other 3 doesn't already? (besides an overpriced console)

NukaCola2607d ago

I think Apple would do a D2D/STEAM kind of thing, but it would mostly be App Ports and maybe something like OnLive. I see of it as an added feature to a future AppleTV box, not a full fledge game system.

tehpees32607d ago

Wasn't Pippin a game console?

Stevo912607d ago (Edited 2607d ago )

Whats the matter with apple making a console? more competition the better imo, there not gonna force people to buy it..

qface642607d ago

@Stevo91

tell that to the 1970's

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RankFTW2607d ago

The iMince coming out 2012 for only £1200.

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qface642607d ago

wasn't that flop the aplple tv also supposed to act like a game console? how did that turn out?

Led-Zeppelin2607d ago

It sold millions, but still not supposed to be a console.

warrior99882607d ago

then we'd get a new version every year with very high price tag so little changes

MostJadedGamer2607d ago

4 consoles would not be good for the market. Unless either Sony or MS leaves it would not at all be a good idea for apple to enter the market.

lelo2play2607d ago

"Is Apple preparing a game console?"

... and it will cost 1000€

jammy_702607d ago

I'll tell ya something!!! N4g needs an app for iPod/ iPhone/ pad....

the_union_of_PS3602607d ago

Yes they do!!! My pc is broke and I'm using my iPhone and the website lags a lot

iamtehpwn2607d ago

Apple already has a console. It's called iPhone. iOS devices (iphone, ipad, itouch) are Apples gaming platform, and will continue to be.

Blaze9292607d ago

a game system with a new version every year? no thanks

Spitfire_Riggz2607d ago

They already have a gaming console... the MAC!!! AAAAAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry that was too funny

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slavish32607d ago

Be nice to have more then 3, hope so!!!!!!!

omi25p2607d ago

hope not, they would release a new one every year it will have 1 new feature and they will charge full retail price, then 6 months later release the same thing in white and still sell thousands...

Emilio_Estevez2607d ago

idk about this idea. Competition is always good, but apple I just don't know if it is.

MostJadedGamer2607d ago

As far as video games consoles go competition is NOT awlays good. 4 consoles is just too many, and it divides the market too much. It would NOT be good for either the industry or for gamers.

White-Sharingan2607d ago

What are you talking about? Why can TV's have dozens of brands, phones, blu-ray players, computers, etc. yet video game consoles can't?

Having more big companies making consoles would mean that the big three will need to be more aggressive, better prices, more games.

MostJadedGamer2607d ago (Edited 2607d ago )

"White-Sharingan + 1h ago What are you talking about? Why can TV's have dozens of brands, phones, blu-ray players, computers, etc. yet video game consoles can't?

Having more big companies making consoles would mean that the big three will need to be more aggressive, better prices, more games."

It would really hurt 3rd parties because it would force them to either take on the added expense, and resources of developing for more consoles or force them to lose out on profits in developing for less consoles in a more fragmented market with smaller console userbases since the pie would be split 4 ways instead of 3.

As for gamers it forces them to either buy, and support more consoles or miss out on games.

Basically it means more 3rd party companies going out of business, and less games for gamers. It would be terrible for the industry, and for gamers.

The best thing for the video game industry, and for gamers would be to only have 2 consoles. That would be the perfect number.

White-Sharingan2606d ago

@MostJadedGamer- By your theory, it would be best for everyone to have only one consoles in the business. Why would you say two? look at sony and microsoft, they both started at very high numbers and practically didn't even budge their prices, especially taking into account that the Wii was also being sold.

"It would really hurt 3rd parties because it would force them to either take on the added expense, and resources of developing for more consoles or force them to lose out on profits in developing for less consoles in a more fragmented market with smaller console userbases since the pie would be split 4 ways instead of 3. "

-The market isn't entirely that predictable. It also depends on what group of people the company making the console is aiming for. Look at the wii, such high numbers in sale, but poor third party sales, unless they are party games. Also, sometimes for some reason, exclusive games sell more compared to their multiplatform brothers.

I don't see why adding one more platform to the race would affect third parties. Last generations third party devs would make their games on all three consoles, since all three consoles were pretty equal in graphical power (I am aware that Xbox>GCN>PS2, but only slightly), but this generation most are just releasing and developing their games on two platforms, 360 and PS3. Devs weren't suffering back then when they developed for three consoles, I don't see why they can't do it right now. They can also go the lazy route and just port the games, its not like they aren't doing that right now.

rabidpancakeburglar2607d ago

If they are then it'll be good to have another console option but I suspect it would be a fail console

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