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  • iOS 4.3 Beta Teases Possible Apple TV Gaming Platform


    While commonly thought of as little more than a "hobby" to Apple, the living room is becoming an increasingly important target for Cupertino's product development aims. Given the explosion in popularity of the Apple TV and rampant speculation about Apple entering the connect-flatscreen TV business, it seems as though Apple is gearing up for an even bigger push into the living room than anyone had previously thought possible.

    According to the folks at Engadget, who were on the receiving end of an anonymous provider of iOS 4.3 beta 3 code snippets, Apple may be planning to launch an Apple TV gaming platform in the near future. In particular, two strings of code, "com.apple.appletv.play.live.thunder" and "com.apple.appletv.play.archive.thunder" suggest that Cupertino is getting serious about gaming. As a result, if video game support comes to the Apple TV, it could prove a game changer for the video gaming industry as we presently know it.

    Suspicions of Apple entering the video game industry date back two years, however, when an unearthed Apple patent appeared to indicate that Apple TV owners would be allowed to engage in causal gaming on the original version of the Apple TV. The hugely successful September refresh of the set-top box has apparently also restored the company's desire to explore new gaming opportunities for users. Naturally, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have nothing to worry about immediately. But Apple's prospective foray into the video game market will, indeed, exert pronounced influence on the entire gaming market. And Apple rarely does anything without the intention of becoming a major player in its chosen field.

    * UPDATE

    Following Engadget's initial report, which spread like wildfire across the tech blogosphere, Jay Freeman (Saurik) weighed in on the matter, effectively debunking in his infinite wisdom some of which was contained in the reports. "Engadget seriously believes that 'ATVGamesStandingsController' has to do with physical game controllers as opposed to model-view-controller," he tweeted earlier Thursday, later adding: "Based on the snippet Engadget put in their article, /my/ guess is that Apple is adding something like 'NBA playoff schedule' to the AppleTV."

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 4.3 Beta Teases Possible Apple TV Gaming Platform started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. pickeledpeter's Avatar
      pickeledpeter -
      exciting but i want someone to jailbreak the dang thing so we can see what the ATV2 is capable of.
    1. garstie's Avatar
      garstie -
      Dang
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      This was already debunked as references to Netflix and Sports streaming.
      Sedona is the Netflix codename all over AppleTV

      Messany if you think iOS games on your TV will change video games as we know them then you are clearly the most delusional Apple fanboy I've ever come across
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Unless my Apple TV 2Gen can Play MvsC3 which is soon to be out. I don't think I would ever put a side my PS3 or Xbox360 for a game on the Apple TV 2Gen.

      Quote Originally Posted by pickeledpeter View Post
      exciting but i want someone to jailbreak the dang thing so we can see what the ATV2 is capable of.
      Where have you been? The apple tv 2Gen was JB I believe the first or second week it was release which allows root access to install apps from your CPU.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Yes I think it's for Netflix not actual gaming and I don't expect any dent into ps3 or xbox sales anytime soon


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    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      if the Apple TV could play games, it would instantly go on my wish list
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Might see it's potential realized after all then.
    1. Dazz187s's Avatar
      Dazz187s -
      Quote Originally Posted by garstie View Post
      Dang
      Double dang
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      Now let's take a look dose apple stand a chance right now no but with the increasing speed boosts the SP, Comcast Dish Network, Clear Network, AT&T and so on are providing in a year or two yes. That said who wants to buy a DVD game from the mall Game Stop or Wall Mart just to scratch it up loose it or just gets stolen, you payed upwards fo $60.00 for the game and there's no get back. You do what they want you to do & that's go and spend some more of that cash. Now on Apples end and the way the MacAppStore has taken off why not, pay once and that's it you can't find it download it again it's that easy. Besides XBox has a gaming system that's a little bigger than the Apple TV and you never pop in a game you just plug the power in plug in the hdmi cable to the tv grab the wireless remotes sign in with your account user name and streem your games over wifi. So as to the future about Apple taking over the gaming market not yet just give it some time cause I don't see DVD's CD's or BlueRay staying around too long when every thing you want is already at your finger tips & a download away.
    1. rampagebegins's Avatar
      rampagebegins -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      This was already debunked as references to Netflix and Sports streaming.
      Sedona is the Netflix codename all over AppleTV

      Messany if you think iOS games on your TV will change video games as we know them then you are clearly the most delusional Apple fanboy I've ever come across
      Hahhaa so true
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      This was already debunked as references to Netflix and Sports streaming.
      Sedona is the Netflix codename all over AppleTV

      Messany if you think iOS games on your TV will change video games as we know them then you are clearly the most delusional Apple fanboy I've ever come across
      Add an Apple Bluetooth gaming controller as an add on to the mac / apple tv and you've got yourself a fully fledged games console with millions of people ready to rock and roll

      10.7 to incorporate game centre into OS X and that would be the biggest social gaming platform in the world.

      I don't think this is going to happen any time soon but it will happen, and after it does it will be huge.
    1. speedfreak228's Avatar
      speedfreak228 -
      i wish apple would make a gaming console. everything they make works. i am sick and tired of xboxes rrod ********
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      They should call it Pippin
    1. Uruuki's Avatar
      Uruuki -
      I would like to see a 50" touch screen ios apple tv. Something like a giant ipad.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by reeko View Post
      Add an Apple Bluetooth gaming controller as an add on to the mac / apple tv and you've got yourself a fully fledged games console with millions of people ready to rock and roll

      10.7 to incorporate game centre into OS X and that would be the biggest social gaming platform in the world.

      I don't think this is going to happen any time soon but it will happen, and after it does it will be huge.
      If people go out and buy said controller, then they'd be ready. Are all the game dev's gonna update their games for a controller too? Are you gonna have to pay, again, for Angry Birds etc on AppleTV like you did when it came out on the Mac Store?

      I hate to burst your bubble but Facebook is the biggest social gaming platform in the world, so unless Apple sells 1 Billion iDevices with GameCenter, they won't be close.

      AppleTV is not a powerful piece of hardware, it can't even display 1080p, it has only 256GB Ram and 8GB of storage. You couldn't even fit your average PC/PS3/Xbox game on that storage. So apart from hi-res versions of Cut the Rope or Angry Birds, it is not going to be capable to do any serious gaming.

      The iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad are also not serious gaming devices, they are simply casual, waste a few minutes gaming, devices.

      But all this entire article is stupid because several sources have realized that the code references have nothing to do with gaming.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      Quote Originally Posted by garstie View Post
      Dang!
      Quote Originally Posted by Dazz187s View Post
      Double Dang!!
      Triple Dang!!!

      If apple does go in the gaming industry they will most likely not fail because being apple they fr3akin DOMINATE!!! i mean they wouldn't go "console" if they knew they were going to lose! I wonna see whta apple has up it's sleeve
    1. sdjmchattie's Avatar
      sdjmchattie -
      Quote Originally Posted by reeko View Post
      Add an Apple Bluetooth gaming controller as an add on to the mac / apple tv and you've got yourself a fully fledged games console with millions of people ready to rock and roll
      No you haven't

      Quote Originally Posted by reeko View Post
      10.7 to incorporate game centre into OS X and that would be the biggest social gaming platform in the world.
      No it wouldn't

      Quote Originally Posted by reeko View Post
      I don't think this is going to happen any time soon but it will happen, and after it does it will be huge.
      No it won't


      Let's face it ... the Apple TVs got the graphical power of a kettle - it probably can't even cope with games as complex as tetris without a bit of frame lag. As for the biggest social gaming platform in the world. Microsoft has that by a long way with XBox Live. OK so Apple MIGHT one day produce a proper console, but that's been rumoured for at least a decade to my memory and it's still not happened.
    1. pickeledpeter's Avatar
      pickeledpeter -
      Quote Originally Posted by zeroskater61 View Post
      Unless my Apple TV 2Gen can Play MvsC3 which is soon to be out. I don't think I would ever put a side my PS3 or Xbox360 for a game on the Apple TV 2Gen.



      Where have you been? The apple tv 2Gen was JB I believe the first or second week it was release which allows root access to install apps from your CPU.
      not the latest firmware. Thank you for your time though.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      The only thing I can even remotely see being on ATV is GameCenter, but even then I don't think it'll happen.
    1. hoekapika's Avatar
      hoekapika -
      Quote Originally Posted by bignighttrain View Post
      Now let's take a look dose apple stand a chance right now no but with the increasing speed boosts the SP, Comcast Dish Network, Clear Network, AT&T and so on are providing in a year or two yes. That said who wants to buy a DVD game from the mall Game Stop or Wall Mart just to scratch it up loose it or just gets stolen, you payed upwards fo $60.00 for the game and there's no get back. You do what they want you to do & that's go and spend some more of that cash. Now on Apples end and the way the MacAppStore has taken off why not, pay once and that's it you can't find it download it again it's that easy. Besides XBox has a gaming system that's a little bigger than the Apple TV and you never pop in a game you just plug the power in plug in the hdmi cable to the tv grab the wireless remotes sign in with your account user name and streem your games over wifi. So as to the future about Apple taking over the gaming market not yet just give it some time cause I don't see DVD's CD's or BlueRay staying around too long when every thing you want is already at your finger tips & a download away.
      I understand what u are saying but my concerns is how can u trade a downloaded game in for a new one like bluray cd DVD games once u download the game it has no value unlike console games