App Store for Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by retroneo, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. retroneo macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2005
    How cool would it be to have an App Store for the Apple TV.

    You could use the iPhone/iPod touch as the controller.

    They would have to release an SDK for it.

    You could have games and so much more. The hardware is certainly capable.
  2. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Would be a waste of time to be honest. The iPhone and iPod are great for gaming, because they are portable - if you are bored anywhere, bring it out and play a game. The Apple TV is different - because it always remains plugged into your TV, it will never ever be a replacement for your game consoles.

    The remote isn't ideal for playing games or doing anything really, and I'd never ever use an application on the Apple TV. I use it soley for: watching Movies, TV Shows, Photos, Music and of course YouTube.

    Apple TV isn't really a platform to develop for. I know there is hacks out there that let you run Safari on it etc, and these are great. But it is Apple's toy, and it is still just a hobby.
  3. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    I wouldn't think games would be the primary, or at least sole, driver for an AppleTV version of the app store. I'd like to see informational widgets for it. A dashboard, if you will. Weather, movie times, news tickers, stock watchers, eBay auction watchers, shipping trackers... etc etc etc.

    Ya, games would be cool, if they figured out a better control scheme than the included IR remote or a $200-500 iPod. Does the ATV have BT? They could do something there. If not a usb-to-radio adaptor and a wireless game controller could be done for under $30. I think the only real market for something like that, though, we be emulated classics. Since they couldn't legally emulate any Nintendo hardware, or the older Sony gear, they'd have to settle on buying up Sega and emulating their various systems. Would be neat but hardly worth the effort.

    Anyone who wanted "real" gaming hardware in the living room would just buy a Wii/360/PS3, or a used GC/XBox/PS2 and be done with it. Casual gamers probably aren't likely to buy a gaming addon, or an expensive iPod, so there's just no market for it.

    BUT, porting over the Dashboard and letting people write widgets would fit sort of between the App Store and the way the ATV is now.

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