Rumor: APPLE Working On Games Console; VALVE Involved

We have reached the crossroads of Valve and Apple gaming console rumors. At this intersection, the two separate entities slam together, fusing into the monolithic Apple-Valve-Fucking-Console. A console made for fucking your entertainment center and forcing you to buy a larger one. You know, should it prove true.


A report on website  Cult of Mac  claims that, in addition to Apple’s widely-expected foray into the world of TV sets later this year, the company will also be trying its hand (again) at the video game console market.

The site’s sources say that “Apple is working on a television set with an iTunes-integrated touch screen remote and Siri-like voice command technology. The TV set will be coming before the end of 2012. Rumors and patents have said as much for the past year, so that’s nothing new. But that’s not all we’ve heard.”

“Our sources also say that Apple’s television set will come with an Apple-branded, Kinect-like video game console. The interface will rely heavily on motion and touch controls.”

They then go on to mention Valve repeatedly, though with no clear link or statement tying the  Half-Life  developers to the program, it reads more like speculation (based on more rumours) than a report.

Sure, Valve  could  be helping out, at the very least with a version of Steam for the platform, but it’s not like Apple couldn’t handle things on its own. It seems to have no problems selling games on most of its other devices.

What previous rumors?

Apple’s arguably the most important company in mobile gaming. Valve not only makes great games like  Portal 2  but they also run Steam, the heavyweight champion of video game digital distribution. What would happen if they teamed up? We don’t know.

But we think that the leaders from each company might have met. A report from  Apple Insiderclaims that Apple CEO Tim Cook visited Valve’s Washington State offices, earlier today.

The meeting to two tech company heavyweights like Cook and Valve CEO Gabe Newell is tailor-made to set brains speculating? Could they be talking about a  Steam Box?  Integrating Steam into AppleTV? Buffing up the  Steam client on iOS? Maybe they’re talking about theKotaku  Power 40  rankings? (Cook sits quite infamously in the #1 spot while Newell is ranked #8.) My guess? Tim Cook really wants to know when  Half-Life  3 is coming out.

Who the hell knows, man. Who the hell knows. Do you? Are you hoarding secrets from me?