Some strange things have been taking place recently at both Apple and Valve, with the CEO of the former, Tim Cook, giving the founder and CEO of the latter, Gabe Newell, a private visit to talk about things yet unknown to the public. But that’s until now, because according to Cult Of Mac, citing anonymous sources, the visit Mr. Cook paid Mr. Newell was to iron out details about Apple’s upcoming console which will include Steam integration. I’m also pretty sure they had beers together.
Now to the rumor. Cult Of Mac said Apple will release a TV set later this year, one that “will come with an Apple-branded, Kinect-like video game console.”
The new machine will apparently depend heavily on motion-based and touch controls, and will be shipped with a touchscreen remote that’s to be bundled with the TV.
Apple isn’t new to the games business, however the last time it tried to join the fray back in 1995 by launching a console in partnership with Bandai called Pippin, the thing flopped miserably. It only sold about 12,000. If this rings true, it’ll be one tumultuous Christmas.
It’s rumor water, though. Drink sparingly.