When the new Apple TV was launched last week, the tech press basically ignored it because it was rather dull and lacked the basic services and technology – it could not even provide a 4K service.
The Tame Apple Press appears to have received a memo from Apple headquarters and has been releasing comedy stories about how the Apple TV is going to change the world. Apparently Apple is going to kill off gaming with its Wii-style gyroscopic remote.
I know what you are thinking—how on earth is Apple going to kill off gaming with a 10-year-old half-baked form of technology and what will be a low res screen within 18 months? We don’t see it either.
Nevertheless, the Tame Apple Press dusted off someone making low-tech games who claims that Xbox One and PS4 fans shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss the Apple TV as a serious gaming contender.
Jeff Smith, CEO of the popular Karaoke app Smule claimed Apple will win because it is a “developer-friendly platform” and that means more content, and, as iOS has shown, more quality content as well.
“To get Sony and Microsoft or Nintendo to get you on to the platform, you have to have a custom deal, and they’re all proprietary platforms. With Apple bringing tvOS, which is a subset of iOS, onto a console-like platform, we think it lowers the barrier of entry. And I think you’ll see a lot more developers on the console market than ever before,”
Eh? Apple’s tvOS more open than Microsoft and Sony? But even if they were, the operating systems involved in the Xbox and Playstation are leagues ahead of tvOS. The tvOS powers a mobile phone chip, which can just about manage an HD telly, while the Xbox and Playstation have serious graphics chips, while the Apple TV does not.
Forbes does admit that this all has a problem, although the serious issues are buried in the last paragraph. Kindle Fire TV might have had similar capabilities as the Apple TV, but such a small market share made it a losing game for any developers who wanted to make a profit on the platform.
Apple at least has a way of motivating developers to make stuff for its platforms.