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So will the new AppleTV land on Wednesday, and will it bring gaming to Apple's little box?

It seems inevitable. Lots of rumours are flying around and lots of the big sites are saying that the focus of the new AppleTV is going to be games.

So will that make it a seller? Probably, but (and you're probably sick of me saying things like this), it seems like an opportunity missed. It could be so much more. However, instead of dwelling on that thought I'd like to explore for a moment how that might be good for music making?

If the AppleTV does become a gaming platform, and in so doing an app platform in its own right, then what OS will it utilise? iOS? OSX? Well my bet will be iOS and that it will act in some way as an extension of our iPads and iPhones. Like a massive upgrade to AirPlay, or what it should be really.

Now that in itself could be a big opportunity for existing iOS apps. It could mean some interesting interface experiments between the mobile device and the TV. So, maybe I'm just being hopeful, but maybe this will be more than just a boring gaming take over from Apple (my apologies if you're really excited about the idea of the AppleTV for gaming).

1 comment:

Garloo said...

I think that the guesses on features are things that people see as market points based on the Xbox and PlayStation moves in this area which seems to be adding some roku features, video conferencing in addition to games.

Apple already has pushed beyond the roku services and other tv boxes by having screen sharing,itunes audio streaming, and they are adding home kit there and in airport.

With some cable tv like service packages they will have something great there.

I think the processor will not be something reused from a phone but something adapted directly for the uses of the apple tv.

An increase in the capabilities in Siri for search or curating film lists. At this point on most systems you need to use a book to find genres or search by director/actor. This could be charged up with some basic data like academy awards from imdb or variety. Add some lists for genre like film noir, new wave and the like.

I would be surprised if there is not some kind of camera 3-d system in the new tv. For facetime and apps. I am sure with all the development they have done since the times it was used in the xbox they will have something very cool. Also if the remote has some magic mouse like characteristics and accoleromitor blended in for fine tuning interaction.

Notice I said APPs with the ability to network idevices, I think there will be an app store with more available than just games. Think golf or tennis instruction where you get feedback on your stroke from the tv or a aerobic exercise routine with info from you watch displayed. So there will be a lot of use for people who want to make 3-d body interacted apps for music. Or music apps that run on the ipad and use the networked capabilities of both, like in my house setting off the strobes and smoke machines or sexy mood lights when requested. vj type apps could work well in this system using the different inputs.

Though I love Nintendo their systems have been underpowered and overpriced but this type of family gaming is easy with a family with ipads and iphones already. I did like the idea of each person having their own screen and a group screen which added a lot to games but was expensive for the Nintendo system. Even if the Apple TV does not have the horsepower of some of the dedicated gaming machines the whole will be greater than the parts in favor of apple for family gaming.