Maybe Now We'll Get a Better Apple TV

Don't be surprised if Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) takes a shot at the gaming console market, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

How do we know? We don't, but Tim says it's telling that the Mac maker has acquired Israel's PrimeSense for a reported $350 million. The company's 3-D chip technology helped give birth to Microsoft's Kinect, after all, and could be embedded in a newer version of Apple TV for supporting gestures in commanding the device or playing sophisticated iOS games.

Apple's gaming opportunity is huge, Tim says. More than 178,000 iOS games are active right now, the tracking site reports. Every one of them is a potential candidate to graduate from the iPhone or iPad to the Apple TV. Adding support for gestures or other controllers could allow Apple to challenge beleaguered Nintendo at the low end of the console market, especially now that the Wii has failed and the Wii U is struggling.

Do you agree? Would you buy an upgraded version of Apple TV that supported more iOS games? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.

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  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2013, at 11:18 AM, djtetsu wrote:

    At the very most I don't think it will be advertised as such. Old ladies picking up the box for an ITV shouldn't feel 'this isn't for me' because it looks and feels like an Xbox. I was just reading an article describing Apple as more of a luxury brand and even coming with gaming controllers could tarnish that image. I don't think it will happen to be honest. Iphones have always had huge selection of games, but it was always more of an after effect of great technology.

  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2013, at 11:24 AM, wealthkeepers wrote:

    Of course you are correct. An Apple TV will naturally have awesome gaming capacity. And this acquisition is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Moreover, as a tv it will obsolete tv as we know it, which is still unimaginative.

    For example, it will have siri built in, and the controller, that you hold in your hand will have a microphone to use for siri, so that the tv itself will be voice controlled and computer enabled. For example, you will be able to ask the tv to find all available movies with a particular actor and, of course, a list will come up with available movies or programs. You will be able to ask to record particular programming when it comes up too.

    The tv will have a camera built in so that gestures will also be able to control the computer. It may even have a voice translator built in, so that subtitles of programing will run as a script on the bottom of the tv when desired. We are in for a big change/treat when apple tv finally makes its debut. Wait and see.

  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2013, at 11:53 AM, KeithSloan52 wrote:

    One of the reasons I brought an Apple TV was that it was not a game console. I won't allow a games console in my house. Life is to short to waste time playing computer games.

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