Could the two software giants really come together to produce something to challenge the big three in the future? Would it even be a smart business move to enter the console market this late in the game?
I doubt it, both companies have opposite design philosophies. Valve thinks the more open the better, while Apple prefers a much more closed and controlled system.
Valve may be open in terms of mods, SDK's and so on, but Steam is as closed and controlled as the iTunes and App Stores. The ultimate closed system is a console - and yet Valve has worked with Sony to incorporate Steam. If they can do it with Sony they could do it with Apple. Not that I think an Apple / Valve console will become a reality - but the parallels between Steam and iTunes Store might mean a closer alignment, as Steam is already on OSX.
Don't want Apple involved. It'll cost twice as much as it should, use all sorts of proprietary garbage, and they'll release a new iteration of the console every year with very minor upgrades.
"It'll cost twice as much as it should, use all sorts of proprietary garbage" Dont current console makers already do this? Selling 6 year old hardware as next gen. Still charge 300usd for it. Good luck trying to use a standard HD on a MS console. Console gamers are already getting ripped off, adding Apple to the party wont be that bad lol, atleast they would then have the option not to be stuck with dated tech for a decade(for the ones willing to pay atleast).
When you build a 250Gb, blu-ray, equipped decent gaming machine for under £250 then come back and start bleating again. In the meantime though you should shut up.
Could gamers brains start working so that they can finally figure out that it won't happen? The answer is no, to both questions.
No. Apple blows and Valve doesn't. It's that simple.
Would it work? From a technological standpoint, I'm certain it would function. Would people buy it? Not really.
A $900 console to run the ancient Source Engine? No thanks
Apple are already moving in to the games industry - they're just doing it under the radar. iPod Touch has sold millions. iPads have sold millions. If there were more games for OSX it would certainly gain popularity among people who don't want the faff of upgrading a PC. If Valve integrated Steam with the iTunes Store it would definitely be a nice service. With Infinity Blade Dungeons and Republique and a few other games coming, I think 2012 will be a breakthrough year for gaming on iOS devices. Blizzard have always been a supporter of Mac, so it wouldn't surprise me to see a AAA release from them on iOS. Bungie started out on Mac as well, and have already started making low key games for iOS. Other big studios are also taking notice and developing. I am very happy to have an iPad to compliment my PS3 and other consoles. It's a fantastic platform for strategy, boardgames and RPG's. The real winner for me will be if / when Apple release a controller for iPad. Then iPad plus Airplay Mirroring and a controller will make it a very decent gaming set up for certain games. I don't think an Apple / Valve console is on the cards, but a closer alignment between Steam and iOS / OSX would be great.
If Apple is considered as Atlas in the co-op characters, I no longer want to play as Atlas. lol
Get Sega on board aswell.
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