New Apple TV set-top box with game store on the way?

Rumor has it the company might be getting serious about living room gaming with new hardware revision that could launch this year.

Apple is preparing to release an updated version of its TV set-top box that could have major implications for living room gaming, new reports have suggested. 9to5Mac reports that the new version of Apple TV is already well into testing and could launch in the first half of 2014. It's not the long-rumored Apple TV set, however, the site reports.

The site previously heard from sources that Apple is tinkering with new input methods like motion-controls for the new set-top box, but it's not clear if any kind of Kinect-like interface is going to make the final cut. Apple purchased original Kinect creator PrimeSense last year for a reported $360 million.

The new Apple TV set-top box is said to include a "revamped operating system" based on some form of iOS. Separately, iLounge reports that Apple TV is finally getting "proper game support" through Bluetooth controller options and the ability to download games directly to the device.

It's possible, then, that Apple could create a dedicated "Game Store" for the new version of Apple TV, 9to5Mac points out. So far, nothing is confirmed, and Apple has declined to comment.

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102 comments
Tyler Kilgore
Tyler Kilgore

"CAN PLAY MINECRAFT ON LOWEST WITH 8x8 TEXTUREPACK AT ESTIMATED 5 FPS! GET YOURS NOW FOR ONLY $10,000!"

Umad Bro
Umad Bro

Only shitty hipsters will buy that

Ben Colvin
Ben Colvin

Apple will never succeed beyond stupid phone games in the game industry.

Connor Lonergan
Connor Lonergan

i have a mac but the games i can't mod and their is a lak of thriple a titles. most are just small indecent stuff. if apple was more opened to the gaming industry it would improve their reputation and the amount of money the compony they earn

Raphael Paradis
Raphael Paradis

You think they need money in the bank? :v Gee Apple Store is more than enough for third party and etc. and they make way more money out of it than what they should

Ray Price
Ray Price

This is probably a bigger threat to Nintendo than to MS or Sony, since mostly aimed at smartphone gamers who are predominantly casual. Comes at a bad time for Ninty too, as they are already suffering with the WiiU.

Jon Crook
Jon Crook

Oh dear. Jumping on the bandwagon of Steam and Ouya. Way to be different. Of course Apple lovers will be all ver it because of the logo

Paul Barnett
Paul Barnett

Millions of iPhone / iPad users.. logical move, more so than Steam as it's aimed at casual gamers who probably don't sit in front of a PC. I use my Apply Tv to play via airplay on occasion. This isn't something that will come close or attempt to compete with proper consoles but why not expand to their already large user base, people already have the games so it's already a success regardless of the negative comments.. Apple did it first as with smartphones and apple tv, Android just imitates with lower quality products that allow piracy and the spread of viruses and spyware..

Bob Rea
Bob Rea

Well it's great for the casual market

Anton Pustovoyt
Anton Pustovoyt

Derek, a quick google mentions miracast. Maybe that's a solution?

Manny Feggaros
Manny Feggaros

Apple shouldn't even try...they can't touch the Wii U/PS4/or the Xbox One..

Manny Feggaros
Manny Feggaros

>iPlay : killer apps-angry birds and bad piggies..only $699.99 >new one releases every year , making current one obsolete

Drew Harris
Drew Harris

Introducing the iConsole, it can, and only play, Angry Birds

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Anyone else find it hilarious that Gamespot linked an Angry Birds video.

Matthew Orlandini
Matthew Orlandini

They want you to live in their ecosystem of overpriced first party garbage.

Josiah David Tweedie
Josiah David Tweedie

ORRRRR maybe you could get a real gaming console like a PC, PS4 or Xbox 360.

G Alexander Dante
G Alexander Dante

The only thing I have from apple is classic Ipod, apple gives you less storage for more money. The classic Ipod I have is 80 gb, what new Ipod with its touch screen, camera etc. Has 80 gb none so why am I going to buy an Ipod, with less storage just for the camera. I have a camera on my cell phone so why do I need an Ipod that has a camera, so if the cell phone drops and breaks. I have the Ipod I will take my chances and not get a scam new Ipod, and how apple is I wont buy nothing of apple.

Cody Elford
Cody Elford

A set top box made for the living room that can play mobile games? I'm pretty sure the Ouya tried this and it ultimately turned out to be a bad idea.

Derek Torres
Derek Torres

ehh isn't there anything that can mirror android??

Leo Garcia
Leo Garcia

next year the new iphone will make coffee

Andrew Anderson
Andrew Anderson

Potentially a huge market.. Seeing how the ever influx of "HD" versions of games being released on IOS, if I could play them on my TV with a good "controller", I'd certainly be interested.

Derek Torres
Derek Torres

No I didn't know that, can it mirror android devices???

Peter Beadle
Peter Beadle

SERIOUSLY GAMESPOT!? your people are fans of real games

Jeff Dauby
Jeff Dauby

But it has DRM and I can't trade in my games.

CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels

you do know about Netgear PTV3000 for $59 right?

Kevin Mercado
Kevin Mercado

Not my cup of tea, will prefer a gaming console . As for the way they sell things , a new model every year with little difference to the previous. Model . No thanks

vader501st
vader501st

A one time offer for your kidneys only! Only while supplies last!

Connor Lonergan
Connor Lonergan

apple should allow more mod and third party support that would really get them some bank