News - PC/Mac
Written by Ryan Farrenkopf Thursday, February 10 2011 12:31
Ever since Apple unveiled the redesigned Apple TV last year people have wondered, where are the Apps and games? Well, according to Engadget that may still be a possibility.
In the latest build of iOS 4.3 Beta, Engadget's sources (verified by Engadget themselves) found code that hints at the possibility of gaming on the Apple TV. Hidden in strings of codes are references to "ATVGames" and "ATVThunder". According to the code, Thunder is a reference to a controller. Their are also references to a leaderboard system, game scheduling (multiplayer) and a storefront.
Engadget is quick to point out that the Apple TV only has about 8GB of storage. Not a whole lot for big apps like games, leading them to believe Apple may do a game streaming service similar to OnLive. What I personally think Apple may do is extend AirPlay from their mobile devices to transmit video from the games, allowing you to use your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad as a remote.
While I don't think the Apple TV has what it takes to compete with the Xbox 360 or PS3 for hardcore games it could definitely hold it's own against the Wii for the casual market, especially considering it's low price point and that Apple currently dominates the casual market with all the mobile iOS devices.