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Apple is Not Building a Console - Patent Rumors are Misleading

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Published on Jul 27, 2012

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What's up gamers. There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not Apple is aiming to enter the console wars. Today, I was on N4G and I saw this was the hottest story. It looked like Apple was building a controller similar to Sony's dual-shock. And the headline said "Apple Patents Dualshock Style Game Controller." Well if they're building a console style controller there must be a console to go with it right?

It's not unthinkable that Apple wants to get in the gaming market. Long ago, Apple once hoped to be a gaming powerhouse. It was Steve Jobbs, who first discovered Halo and wanted to bring it to Apple Computers. If you don't believe me check out this presentation from way back in 2000.

Yeah, as we all know that didn't quite pan for Jobs. Halo became a huge hit on the PC and X-box and Apple computers have always been inferior to their PC comunterparts as far as gaming machines go. So, when I saw this article on N4G I thought Apple might finally be out for some vengeance. But that's not the case. If you actually read the patent you see that it's for quote "systems, methods and devices for simplified control over electronic devices." Basically, the controller is just a placeholder for something they may develop later. What the patent is really about is a new system for linking all your apple products together.

In the 81 pages of patent filing the controller only shows up a few times, and if they do end up making one, it'll probably be for games that are playable through Apple TV. The patent looks like it will create a system that will let you run games from the computer on Apple TV, so having a controller would allow you to play the games from the comfort of your living room.

To sum it all up, while they may develop a console someday, there's nothing in this patent that indicates that Apple is currently working on one. If you're looking for something new in the console world you may want to check out the OUYA, they actually do have a prototype console and the millions of dollars they raised from kickstarter. Will they make a product worth buying? That remains to be seen. What do you guys think? Do Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo need more competition or are you looking forward to the NexGen consoles the big 3 will be putting out? Let us know in the Comments below.

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