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blueflame
Sep 13, 2009, 12:46 PM
Ok, so. I have an apple tv, and I love it. I feel as though it has a lot more potential. With the App store, it can be almost anything.

in 2008 game sales were 21 billion, http://www.gamespot.com/news/6203257.html

console sales in 2008 were: http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/56788
The 2008 total U.S. hardware sales are as follows:

Wii - 10,224,400
Nintendo DS - 9,951,500
Xbox 360 - 4,735,200
PSP - 3,829,300
PlayStation 3 - 3,685,000
PlayStation 2 - 2,106,100*

Apple hires all kinds of game related people:
http://digg.com/apple/Apple_hires_former_ATI_graphics_chip_designer
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=713325
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/16839

Apple buys its own chip company, people think its for iphone or ipod:
http://www.engadget.com/2008/04/23/apple-buys-chip-p-a-semi-chip-designer-intel-says-wha/
http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/23/apple-buys-pasemi-tech-ebiz-cz_eb_0422apple.html
http://blogs.computerworld.com/apple_buys_p_a_semi

Apple has never cared about the broad market, unless there is a large revenue stream for them, like the iphone, they want as many people to have the ipod touch and iphone as possible because of the app store, they want you to have it because of itunes. look what they even wanted out of the cell industry, just a few percentage points. you KNOW apple could get that with a connected games system to the app store with the ipods as controllers, of COURSE they could.

If apple turns the ATV into a game system, all the iphones and ipod touches of the world would make an awesome bluetooth controller. Access to a full download library of games, where you could download them at will:

Apple creating large server farm: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/05/23/apple_said_building_1_billion_server_farm.html
http://industry.bnet.com/technology/10001898/apple-server-farm-and-3-consumer-reasons-for-it/

It is cheaper, and probably safer for the games as they are DRMed but always connected. Ipod touch or iphone make a killer controller, can display info as well. apple gets game revenue, and can probably sell the hardware at a profit, like nintendo. heck, they could probably use the same apple tv hardware.

anyway, this is just a rant, I am sure more will come soon, and I will add. I love a good conspiracy.



McGiord
Sep 13, 2009, 01:42 PM
those numbers are impressive, I hope you are right about getting more out of the :apple:TV.

However many of the current top games use specific controllers that :apple: need to support, and based on previous experience with :apple: products they were not. But with those volumes is a different situation.

I hope you are right!, but those numbers are related to portable hardware, unless they add Blu-Ray support the :apple:TV will offer more bang for the buck against the competitors Xbox, PS3, Wii, etc...