Apple, long known for disrupting and then dominating industries, has finally made its foray into the games industry. This is not good news for the likes of Sony and Microsoft.
UPDATE: The patent involves Apple devices mimicking the functions of existing game controllers to be used in their stead, and not a controller Apple would create itself. Sorry for the confusion.
Original Story: Although the Cupertino, California-based company hasn’t made any official announcements, patents filed back in March, and published today, reveal a holy grail of information. The patent, seen here, shows not only patents of a game controller, but also how it’ll work with Apple TV and all other Apple products, including its phones, iPods etc. It seems to me the firm’s looking to interconnect all its devices, so doesn’t matter where you are, you’ll be able to access your content, including FIG. 6 of the patent, which “is a schematic of a video game controller for the standalone media player of FIG. 4 or a video game system”.
FIG. 4 is an Apple TV, which could easily become a video games console with an upgrade, and can already can play iOS games over airplay. Futurists have already predicted games being played on a TV as opposed to a videogames console a la PS3 and Xbox 360. Imagine what could happen if we don’t have to wait 6-7 years to get a decent hardware upgrade for games.
As stated earlier, the controller can also connect to an iPhone/iPod Touch and although the iPad is not in the patent drawings, I believe it’ll also be compatible. Connection is shown to be wireless, using Radio-frequency identification (RFID) and NFC tags, as opposed to the cable depicted in the drawings.
Here’s the thing, if Apple makes its rumored Apple TV gaming-ready with a controller to boot, and if it has the prowess to stand against whatever Sony and Microsoft will show, this industry we love so much will change forever.
Back in May, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “Customers love games. I’m not interested in being in the console business in what is thought of as traditional gaming. But Apple is a big player today and things in the future will only make that bigger.”
This might just be the beginning of something disruptive.