Games on Apple TV, So What?

Apple TV is one of the products from Apple that so many were waiting with bated breath to finally hear about. The unit offers some interesting media options, but ultimately little in the way of new and exciting. Then there came talk of games being available over the Apple TV delivery system. Then they weren’t, and then, maybe

Apple has never been a player in the gaming market. So a move like this would clearly be a baby step in that direction. And by ‘baby step’ I expect future initial offerings of Apple TV games to be similar in format to those available for the video capable iPods. Nothing too advanced.

Do consumers really expect console quality games out of Apple TV? I surely don’t. Cupertino’s been awfully quiet about hard details on the specs within the Apple TV unit. The product page lists an “Intel Processor” as the heart of the unit. No “Core Duo” or something more specific. Similarly there is no mention of RAM or graphics card to power the many video outputs the box offers. (Here are some possible specifics on the hardware components, but it’s from AI, so take it with a grain of salt.)

As far as strictly offering media such as audio and video are concerned, these specs – if you can call such generalizations that – should do the job and keep the $299 price point. But I can’t come to terms with expecting any kind of real console-gaming equivalent experience based on the current specs. Perhaps Apple is already planning a version 2 of the hardware that will be more expensive and include the necessary components to compete with the likes of the Wii, or XBOX 360, but that scenario is likely still a ways off, if ever. (Mostly because Apple doesn’t have the track record to compete in that arena, at least not yet.)

I’m personally more apt to stick with my XBOX or a Wii as far as console gaming is concerned, rather than lean on Apple just because I love their computers.

Would you jump at an Apple based gaming console – whether it be in the form of Apple TV, or something more robust? Why or why not?

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