While most of the world simply cannot wait for the eventual Apple TV or iTV set released date, console gaming fans the world over may be destined to kiss goodbye to their most beloved toys. According to one of the innovators behind the very first Xbox, an Apple TV set that incorporated high-end gaming could effectively wipe out the Sony PlayStation, the Nintendo Wii U and any generation of the Microsoft Xbox around at the time.
Nat Brown voiced his concerns by way of a blog post this week where he spoke of the way in which third-party games and app developers have pretty much zero chance of making money and succeeding with console gaming – they are bound to the worlds of iOS and Android almost exclusively.
As such, if the new Apple TV or iTV sets brings the world a new means of accessing the App Store and supports high-end gaming, chances are that developers would in enormous numbers abandon the notion of trying out the console world and thus spell the demise of console gaming as a whole.
“Apple, if it chooses to do so, will simply kill PlayStation, Wii U, and Xbox by introducing an open 30 per cent cut app/game ecosystem for Apple TV,” he said in this week’s blog post.
He also went on to state that probably the largest problem for Microsoft is the way in which the Xbox ecosystem isn’t really going anywhere and allows little to no scope for app developers to get involved.
“Xbox’s primary critical problem is the lack of a functional and growing platform ecosystem for small developers to sell digitally/network-distributed (non-disc) content through to the installed base of Xbox customers, period.
“Why can’t I write a game for Xbox tomorrow using $100 worth of tools and my existing Windows laptop and test it on my home Xbox or at my friends’ houses? Why can’t I then distribute it digitally in a decent online store… like I can for Android or iPhone, or for iPad?”
Both the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 release dates are expected to arrive this fall – we’ll have to wait until then to find out what the two biggest names in gaming have to offer.
And of course, Apple TV is expected to hit the market in early 2014.