Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Apr 2012 22:13 UTC
Games AppleInsider, once one of the better Apple news sites, is rumouring that Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted at Valve's HQ. Considering all the rumours Valve is working on a console (more fuel for the flames), this could potentially be interesting. As much as AppleInsider's story is being spread across the web - can anybody actually verify AI's story? It cites no sources, and could, for all we know, be completely made up. Anyone...?
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Just release a nice BT controller
by leos on Sat 14th Apr 2012 06:04 UTC
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

I don't think apple should release a standalone console. They already have a good gaming platform, the new iPad (and the iPhone to a lesser extent).

I've been hooking up an iPad from work to my projector and playing Real Racing on it. iPad games on a 10' screen. It's just as good as most console games.

The only big thing missing is the controller because touch screen just doesn't cut it for most games. All Apple needs to do is release a bluetooth controller and api for games. The good games will support it very quickly, and presto, you have an instant console.

Either play directly on the iPad, or plug it into the bigscreen TV. Or plug your iPhone into the TV. Then take your controller and start playing. How sweet would that be? One more device replaced by the smartphone/tablet.

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looncraz Member since:
2005-07-24

Simple solutions are rarely sought after in the corporate world because they minimize additions to cash flow.

Apple would much rather have you buy a console, controllers, games, and other accessories than to have you simply buying games and controllers...

They also have the need to ride the tide or else their fall will be extremely ugly. If they can't keep the momentum up, showing any slacking in sales, their revenue streams could begin to dry up surprisingly quickly. Diversification is the protection against this - and they are certainly aware of that... even if they don't ultimately embark upon a console, you can bet the idea has been mentioned in the top ranks.

Consoles aren't terribly profitable for most companies - but Apple would likely expect themselves able to pull a premium.

--The loon

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Simple solutions are rarely sought after in the corporate world because they minimize additions to cash flow.


I don't agree at all. Apple is about fewer numbers of products and concentrating on quality rather than products for everything.

They also have the big advantage of a predictable and stable platform that game developers can write to and optimize for, similar to consoles right now.

Having their iPads do double duty as consoles makes them even more attractive and one more reason for people to buy one instead of an Android/Windows tablet.

A standalone Apple console is orders of magnitude more risky, because they're going right up against the XBox and PS. I don't see how they could win that since they have no experience in console gaming. An iPad console doesn't have to be quite as good as an XBox, it just has to be good enough, and people will overlook the deficiencies because they get a nice tablet at the same time.

Consoles aren't terribly profitable for most companies - but Apple would likely expect themselves able to pull a premium.


Exactly, one more reason why they're certainly not releasing a standalone console. Apple has no interest in getting into cutthroat hardware business.

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