Apple reportedly working on set-top box with gaming capabilities

Apple has long been rumored to be working on a television, though little information has actually been revealed about the device. According to a new report, however, it will be preceded by something else: a set-top box with gaming capabilities.

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac reports that Apple's new set-top box "will include a revamped operating system that is likely to be based on iOS," adding that it will "include new types of content," possibly including games. A separate report from iLounge claims Apple will update its currently Apple TV product line to include gaming support. The report claims Apple TV would gain the capabilities through the use of Bluetooth, and previous iterations of the device will support games, though it's not known if they would be stored locally or in the cloud.

Both reports claim a similar time frame for an announcement: 9to5Mac claims the new set-top box will likely launch in the first half of this year, while iLounge claims the Apple TV gaming update will be released in March.

Apple's long-gestating TV plans have been the source of rampant media speculation. Those rumors were recently fueled by Apple CEO Tim Cook's 2013 year-end memo to employees, which said the company has "big plans" for 2014. In 2012, it was reported Apple is working on a TV with Kinect-like capabilities, and in November the company purchased PrimeSense, which was behind the original Kinect sensor. Another 2012 rumor claimed Apple's TV would include "seamless Siri integration."

Source: 9to5Mac, iLounge | Image via Apple

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We've heard sooooo many Apple TV rumors and none of them came to fruition. Also, is that Apple TV's current UI? looks kinda bad.

NerdyTech said,
Just what we need more gaming consoles... you would think someone would get the idea eventually.

I'm always in favour of competition - but it really depends what Apple do with the device. They've pretty much defined the smart phone and tablet marketplace so they have the potential to disrupt the console space pretty well..

Shoot Steve Jobs ran this project for years just to give you an idea how old this is.

I think smart TVs are dumb and are a haven for spammers and malware writters as no AV is available to clean them. The largest spambot is run from refrigerators and televisions.

Besides when someone sits down they want to watch TV. Not run applets. If Apple wants a gaming device they are late and have failed before with Pippin. I do not feel it will go over well at all unless Apple has something truly innovative that can blow everyone away.

techbeck said,
Nice. Maybe this will get Google off its ass and do more with Chromecast.

Agreed. Seems like a whole heap of potential and they're not really doing a great deal with it!

It does. If they come out with an update to allow streaming your own media smoothly, then that would be great. I dont want to install extra software for this....like Plex.

I dont use my CC much because of my X1. But with more people coming out with devices like this, Google better do something or else it will be left behind.

techbeck said,
Nice. Maybe this will get Google off its ass and do more with Chromecast.

Ya, like maybe just support an existing standard instead of trying to find new ways to track media consumption.

Chromecast has little advantage over a DLNA enabled TV and a user with a Windows 8.1 tablet. (They can send video from IE to the TV, and play content from Apps already.)

Charms - Devices - Play To...

(And that isn't even consider they could just implement multi-screen Miracast support like Win 8.1 as well.)

Mobius Enigma said,

Ya, like maybe just support an existing standard instead of trying to find new ways to track media consumption.

The Chromecast uses the existing, free to use DIAL protocol. Your claim that Google is tracking your media consumption through the Chromecast? Source? Search engines aren't turing up anything to back it.

CSheep said,

Camera? Microphone?

The rumors are it will use Siri, which requires a microphone, and gestures would require some sort of camera. They recently bought a motion detection company. Let's just see how much people complain about Apple using these technologies.

Lord Method Man said,

Fixed.

I have many Apple products, some of them good, some junk.

Oh, almost forgot, the games better not have any DRM on it, either. Because I want to sell, rent, loan, etc. my games freely without Apple forcing me to use their DRM schemes.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
A camera and microphone in my bedroom from an Apple product? No way will that be allowed in my house.

I would not put a camera and a microphone in my bedroom... period. And,this is the reason why I do not keep neither my Lumia 920 nor any smartphones I previously owned in my bedroom as well.

Fritzly said,

I would not put a camera and a microphone in my bedroom... period. And,this is the reason why I do not keep neither my Lumia 920 nor any smartphones I previously owned in my bedroom as well.

Hey, none of that talk. We are talking about something from Apple. Who said anything about Lumia 920 or smartphones? Can't we have just one article where people don't deviate away from the topic at hand, Apple? We need to stay focused on Apple all day, every day.

Fritzly said,

I would not put a camera and a microphone in my bedroom... period. And,this is the reason why I do not keep neither my Lumia 920 nor any smartphones I previously owned in my bedroom as well.

I am really not worried about that. My cell is always in with me as well as some other devices. I have an X1 in my room as well so is MS was to spy on my in my underwear, then they are some brave souls.

Fritzly said,

I would not put a camera and a microphone in my bedroom... period. And,this is the reason why I do not keep neither my Lumia 920 nor any smartphones I previously owned in my bedroom as well.

Do you wear your tinfoil hat when you go to bed, just in case?

techbeck said,

I am really not worried about that. My cell is always in with me as well as some other devices. I have an X1 in my room as well so is MS was to spy on my in my underwear, then they are some brave souls.

Why are you talking about phones and Xboxes? Stop going off topic.

Fritzly said,

I would not put a camera and a microphone in my bedroom... period. And,this is the reason why I do not keep neither my Lumia 920 nor any smartphones I previously owned in my bedroom as well.
hehe, i love your type.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Oh, almost forgot, the games better not have any DRM on it, either. Because I want to sell, rent, loan, etc. my games freely without Apple forcing me to use their DRM schemes.

Do you currently sell, rent, or loan the games on your iOS device now? :\

Jared- said,

Do you currently sell, rent, or loan the games on your iOS device now? :\

I should be able to. I demand Apple let me sell, rent, or loan my games to others. And no needing to connect to the internet to verify. I should be able to do whatever I want with my games.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

I should be able to. I demand Apple let me sell, rent, or loan my games to others. And no needing to connect to the internet to verify. I should be able to do whatever I want with my games.

apple doesn't make games, you would have to discus your licensing options with the developer that makes the particular game(s) you are talking about.

rippleman said,
apple doesn't make games, you would have to discus your licensing options with the developer that makes the particular game(s) you are talking about.

No, Apple must build into their system a way for me to sell my games to other users. If you complain enough on the internet, then the company must bow to your wishes, and I demand that they let me sell the apps I have bought.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

No, Apple must build into their system a way for me to sell my games to other users. If you complain enough on the internet, then the company must bow to your wishes, and I demand that they let me sell the apps I have bought.

i don't see how you see it that way. The app store is store front, apple is the salesman, the developers are the suppliers. If you look in the developers Terms and Conditions, its there that you will see what your licensing rights are. With all most all software, you never "own it" unless explicitly stated in the terms.

rippleman said,

i don't see how you see it that way. The app store is store front, apple is the salesman, the developers are the suppliers. If you look in the developers Terms and Conditions, its there that you will see what your licensing rights are. With all most all software, you never "own it" unless explicitly stated in the terms.

If it is demanded of other devices that it be completely open, no DRM, be able to sell, loan, trade, etc. games, and it made no difference if it is disk or download based. So why should we settle for anything less on our iOS devices? I demand that Apple open it up.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

If it is demanded of other devices that it be completely open, no DRM, be able to sell, loan, trade, etc. games, and it made no difference if it is disk or download based. So why should we settle for anything less on our iOS devices? I demand that Apple open it up.

ah, i see. Call me slow tonight

Makes sense, as all the pieces are already in place. It will probably be of limited interest to hardcore console gamers though and targeted more at the mass audience of casual gamers...