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slooksterPSV
Sep 27, 2004, 09:50 PM
What if apple made a video game console? What would it look like? What would be its specs? How would it interface? For those who have Photoshop or Illustrator (or any Graphics Program) post your best work up here. I wanna see what kind of creations people can come up with. Here I won't post a pic yet, but here's my idea:
Apple's - PowerStation G5
It offers Dual 1.5 GHz G5 processors
256MB of DDR333 RAM
20GB Hard Drive
and the Games are on Dual Layer DVD's.
Oh and its shaped like a Pyramid.
It comes with 4 ports for controllers, but can be expanded to 8 or 16 and those come with TV connectors so you don't have to use the same TV, but can use the same console. It would have Ethernet, and a Web Browser (just like Dreamcast). The Video Card supporter would be ATI, with 128MB VRAM Radeon 9000 or 9200 Architecture.

What do you guys think for a game system like that?

stealthy
Sep 27, 2004, 09:52 PM
The controllers would be bluetooth.

MisterMe
Sep 27, 2004, 10:00 PM
What if apple made a video game console? What would it look like? What would be its specs? How would it interface? For those who have Photoshop or Illustrator (or any Graphics Program) post your best work up here. I wanna see what kind of creations people can come up with. Here I won't post a pic yet, but here's my idea:
Apple's - PowerStation G5
It offers Dual 1.5 GHz G5 processors
256MB of DDR333 RAM
20GB Hard Drive
and the Games are on Dual Layer DVD's.
Oh and its shaped like a Pyramid.
It comes with 4 ports for controllers, but can be expanded to 8 or 16 and those come with TV connectors so you don't have to use the same TV, but can use the same console. It would have Ethernet, and a Web Browser (just like Dreamcast). The Video Card supporter would be ATI, with 128MB VRAM Radeon 9000 or 9200 Architecture.

What do you guys think for a game system like that?Apple did that several years ago.

slooksterPSV
Sep 27, 2004, 10:04 PM
what was the game console called, I'm talking about a newer console though here too.

dotnina
Sep 27, 2004, 10:06 PM
The controllers would be bluetooth.

Think so? I think gaming generally shies away from bluetooth, since wires = better response time.

Of course, I love having everything wireless, so I'd be all over bluetooth controllers. :)

dotnina
Sep 27, 2004, 10:08 PM
what was the game console called, I'm talking about a newer console though here too.

Apple Pippin!

http://www.theapplecollection.com/design/macproto/Pippin.html

Oddly enough, I just heard about this for the first time today, too.

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Edit: Doh, now I have two posts right next to each other. Sorry. :(

slooksterPSV
Sep 27, 2004, 10:09 PM
OMG I want an apple pippin.

jdechko
Sep 27, 2004, 10:17 PM
<sarcasm>And just like the Mac, there'd be no games for it. </sarcasm>

Actually, though, I'm not so sure that it is a wise decision for Apple to go into the console market. It is already hard enough for the game devs to get multi-platform games out as it is. This would just thin the developers resources and then everyone would complain that their console's version isn't out and/or that it doesn't look as good as the XBox version (I use XBox cause it seems like its often used as the console benchmark)

Jovian9
Sep 27, 2004, 11:24 PM
Wouldn't this be great!:)

Link to a cool design:

http://www.theapplecollection.com/design/macdesign/iPlay.html

hcuar
Sep 27, 2004, 11:38 PM
Wouldn't this be great!:)

Link to a cool design:

http://www.theapplecollection.com/design/macdesign/iPlay.html


Nice, but the controllers need to be wireless. I'd buy one.

homerjward
Sep 27, 2004, 11:56 PM
Wouldn't this be great!:)

Link to a cool design:

http://www.theapplecollection.com/design/macdesign/iPlay.html
oh dear god i want one :eek:

jtgotsjets
Sep 28, 2004, 12:14 AM
i got it

http://www.neteconomie.com/dbphoto/Sp%e9cial/Illustrations/20010322123913-350.jpeg

Apple Hobo
Sep 28, 2004, 12:21 AM
Wouldn't this be great!:)

Link to a cool design:

http://www.theapplecollection.com/design/macdesign/iPlay.html

Maybe that should be the headless iMac that everyone wants. :cool:

slughead
Sep 28, 2004, 01:49 AM
He wins:

i got it

http://www.neteconomie.com/dbphoto/Sp%e9cial/Illustrations/20010322123913-350.jpeg

Macs R Us
Sep 28, 2004, 02:18 AM
WOW, If Apple made one it woild be better then the Pippin:) (if you know of that)... It would make the XBOX look like the dumb toy it is... Well so is XP a babies OS...

AmigoMac
Sep 28, 2004, 03:16 AM
They better go out of the cube design as it would just remind people about the gamecube... at least the name, take the iMac G4 half-dome and let it be a G5 for a console... yes! and that "wireless firewire" for the controllers...

Ja Di ksw
Sep 28, 2004, 04:22 AM
I wish Apple would do this. It would look amazing, work perfectly, never have games skip or be unable to be read, and play every new game only 6 months to a year after they were released for the XBox.

earthtoandy
Sep 28, 2004, 04:34 AM
Wouldn't this be great!:)

Link to a cool design:

http://www.theapplecollection.com/design/macdesign/iPlay.html
that is freakin sexy

and if i am correct i believe bluetooth has enough bandwidth for the response times to be more than adequate. am i wrong?

and i have a wireless controller for my gamecube.. certainly has no problems preforming.

BornAgainMac
Sep 28, 2004, 05:27 AM
Apple console. I like that idea. I would buy one!

Chaszmyr
Sep 28, 2004, 06:10 AM
If Apple made a console it would lose as much money as Xbox, but Apple can't afford to lose that much money.

AmigoMac
Sep 28, 2004, 06:57 AM
If Apple made a console it would lose as much money as Xbox, but Apple can't afford to lose that much money.

You took the fun of this thread off... We wanted to dream about one, like we used to about the dual processor 12" PB ... :eek:

:mad:

:p

slooksterPSV
Sep 28, 2004, 07:25 AM
OMG those pictures are awesome, even though they aren't original, the design of them is just perfect. I want either of those 2, those look awesome.

AmigoMac
Sep 28, 2004, 07:33 AM
OMG those pictures are awesome, even though they aren't original, the design of them is just perfect. I want either of those 2, those look awesome.

If you mean the half-cylinder and the cube... i hope you know there was a cube mac years ago... just in case :rolleyes:, you may get one of those for less than 800 bucks...

BornAgainMac
Sep 28, 2004, 11:50 AM
If Apple made a console it would lose as much money as Xbox, but Apple can't afford to lose that much money.

True, but I think the console business isn't about the hardware but the sales on titles. It's like a coffee pot or color printer, they make money off the supplies.

The Apple Music store isn't about selling music, it's about selling iPods and possibly iMacs and Powerbooks.

slughead
Sep 28, 2004, 12:17 PM
I wish Apple would do this. It would look amazing, work perfectly, never have games skip or be unable to be read, and play every new game only 6 months to a year after they were released for the XBox.

Good call

wrldwzrd89
Sep 28, 2004, 02:32 PM
Maybe Apple and Nintendo should get together to make the successor to the GameCube. After all, Nintendo uses (modified) PowerPCs - right in Apple's market. While we're at it, let's get IBM, ATI, and nVidia involved too.

Brettla
Sep 28, 2004, 03:27 PM
ATI already does the graphics chipset for the Gamecube, and from what I remember from the specs it is a IBM PowerPC Processor.

williamsonrg
Sep 28, 2004, 04:19 PM
I was just thinking the same thing yesterday, particularly since it appears that Nintendo is rapidly losing marketshare. I'd be happy if Apple just made controllers for the X-Box... Since Apple seems to know how to make things that look nice and work better.

toughboy
Sep 28, 2004, 05:03 PM
Wouldn't this be great!:)

Link to a cool design:

http://www.theapplecollection.com/design/macdesign/iPlay.html

WOW... I know about 50 people who'd buy it!... the first one is myself!

slooksterPSV
Sep 28, 2004, 06:13 PM
Ok, well the point to this thread was for people to show what they should think the entire components of the system would be. But it turns out that you guys like saying, this would be better, and showing me things that have already been made or are conceptual pictures. Thanks. I see that Mac people have creative ideas. I fit in perfectly.

I would use an RF frequency remote, not bluetooth, I'd like to be at least 30 feet away from the console and the TV so I could use the controller anywhere. I like ATI better than NVidia, so thats why I chose it.

neoelectronaut
Sep 28, 2004, 11:21 PM
The real problem with wireless controllers is battery life. With Force Feedback, batteries are sucked away rather quickly.

Nintendo has had success with their Wavebird controller, however.

slughead
Sep 28, 2004, 11:58 PM
If Apple made a console....

Dual 1.8Ghz G5
1x DVD ROM
Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 w/ ADC only
128MB RAM
40GB Quantum Hard Drive
10BaseT
Bluetooth option
Airport option
.5dB noise
No Games whatsoever


:D

Ja Di ksw
Sep 29, 2004, 01:20 AM
If Apple made a console....

Dual 1.8Ghz G5
1x DVD ROM
Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 w/ ADC only
128MB RAM
40GB Quantum Hard Drive
10BaseT
Bluetooth option
Airport option
.5dB noise
No Games whatsoever


:D


ha, sounds pretty accurate to me