Latest iTunes update hints at Apple TV games

Apple Store“The latest release of iTunes, numbered 7.1, brings clear evidence that the Apple TV will be able to play games as users on the Internet noticed that it makes reference in its resource files to an Apple TV Games syncing feature,” Alexandros Roussos reports for MacScoop.

Roussos reports, “A search for ‘Apple TV’ in the program’s localization strings, which can be accessed from the compiled version of the program, brings us the following result, among many others: ‘Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV “^1” will be removed‘ where ‘^1’ is a variable which is replaced by the name given to the Apple TV device.”

More in the full article here.

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Apple releases iTunes 7.1 for Mac and Windows – March 05, 2007
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Apple embraces casual gaming; iPhone, Apple TV to join iPod as gaming devices – February 09, 2007
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  1. Apple TV will be a nice platform for casual games. Much like the Nintendo Wii found a large audience despite lagging technologically behind Sony and Microsoft, Apple could win the family gaming market with beautiful games that do not require a lot of processing power, such as Trivial Pursuit or Scene It? That kind of games make a lot of sense when you consider that the device will be plugged to the main TV in the house (the big flat TV Steve keeps mentioning in his keynotes).

  2. Playstation 3 games are awesome in High Definition.

    (although games devs are not using even a small percentage of the Cell processors power because movie type games are extremely expensive to produce)

    So what is Apple attempting to do in this space anyway?

  3. I don’t think the iPhone would make a good game controller. You have to look at it to use it. (That’s not a bad thing for most of its features, it just happens to be very important in a controller.)

  4. “Playstation 3 games are awesome in High Definition.

    So what is Apple attempting to do in this space anyway?”

    The same thing Nintendo is doing with Wii, and last I heard, it was more profitable than the PS3.

  5. Why does everyone assume that if Apple does make the AppleTV a game platform it will be for low-end “simple” games?

    It’s not a stretch to imagine that a high-end video card could (either now, or eventually) be incorporated into the device. And if Apple did that, how would the device be any different from Wii, Playstation, or XBox? (besides the DVD slot, which wouldn’t be necessary because of iTunes integration).

    GAME CONTROLLER you say? Feh! Let Jon Ivy loose on that project for six months. Apple could have the best game controller in the industry if they wanted one.

    At that point, Apple could have ONE DEVICE that could manage TV, Movies, Music, and Games, all connected wirelessly to their iTunes music store.

    Why wouldn’t every game developer in the world want a piece of that action?

  6. Correction on something said…”Much like the Nintendo Wii found a large audience despite lagging technologically behind Sony and Microsoft…” The Wii is lagging in the graphics aspect. I wouldn’t say it’s lacking in other technologies.

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