April 17, 2012
Apple may brand their own console
A week after rumors were heard about Valve getting into the hardware market Apple has rumored to be working on its own console device in collaboration with Valve. The Console will be built into a TV set and will operate via an Apple branded motion/touch/sound controls much like Mircrosoft’s Kinect.
If this rumor turns out to be true it should prove to be an interesting entry into the console market. I see a few flaws though, first the Kinect like controls, while not a bad idea it will still need a physical controller if it wants to compete on a core level. Second, if Apple doesn’t include a physical controller they will severely cut down their user base by failing to attract the hard core gamers, if its meant to be casual whats the point, everyone already has either a smartphone or kinect for casual play. And third and probably most problematic is hardware upgrades. every few years a new PlayStation, Xbox and Wii come out. If apple builds a system into a TV set how do they plan on competing with next gen hardware? Only those with cash to burn and a worrisome hardon for Apple will fork out the cash needed for both a new system and TV every few years. Apple would have to implement some kind of upgrade panel with removable hardware. Bottom line, I see this being more of a fail than a win for them. Its a really cool idea but an impractical one.
What are your thoughts on a TV/Console from Apple and Valve? Would you buy it? What do you think its future will be like should it come to market?