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.
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?