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Apple working with Valve on “Kinect-like” home console [Rumor]

Apple is launching its own home console by the end of 2012, say sources. Following news that Apple CEO Tim Cook paid a low-profile visit to Valve's offices in Bellevue, Washington, insiders with the Cult of Mac implied Cook's trip was connected to the development of an Apple-branded video game hardware that is predicted to roll out later this year.

Insiders at the site said the “Kinect-like” console will ship with Apple's upcoming television set and include an interface that will “rely heavily on motion and touch controls”. The television set itself will allegedly ship with an iTunes-integrated touchscreen remote and Siri-esque voice controls.

So why the meeting with Valve? The theory is Tim Cook and company are interested in implementing Valve's (also rumored) Steam Box for its home console invasion, be it through a licensing agreement or full-on partnership.

For now, both projects are still unconfirmed and exist primarily in the magical land of rumors and dreams. We did, however, uncover a job ad for Valve's secret machine last week in Still want Valve's Steam Box console? New job ad details make it sound really rather likely, and spent some time last month ruminating on the impact of such a device in Valve's Steam Box: Why it would change gaming as drastically as the PS1 did. But could just tank.  So the more we talk about it, the more it becomes true. That is how it works, right?

22 comments

  • derek-verhoff - April 17, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    "Right, so you got valve, a company who doesn't like to put locks on things, and believes that the community is the most important aspect of video games. Then you got apple who lock all of their devices so only their software works for them, and who only think about money, yeah, this is totally going to happen" Agreed. Honestly I don't want this to happen. Most PC Steam guys don't go around with their Ipads and Ipods playing games all day; they go on their aftermarket computers that they have personalized. Please explain to me how these to companies can get along. Personally I love steam, it's the best thing that ever happened to computer gaming and then you have apple which I hate for various reasons. Steam is all about being relaxed and then you have apple which is the strictest, greediest technology company alive right now.
  • ObliqueZombie - April 17, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    What's with these "advertisements" about a fucking Wheelbarrow race blowing through my speakers!? That shit's getting annoying! Anyway, all I have to say about this is that at least it'll look good.
  • Rowdie - April 17, 2012 1:40 p.m.

    Thinking it might be a pretty awesome marriage. A console that gets regular hardware updates might be just the thing. I wouldn't be sitting here with this crappy old hardware that should have been religated to the kids' room years ago. Plays well with mac ecosystem. Plays well with Steam ecosystem. Last big issue is the controller.
  • Poffle - April 17, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    I would welcome this into my home, minus the 'kinect' like stuff. The Wii and PS3 collect dust so would like another option for gaming. I'm not interested in Sony any more because they never bring any innovation to the table besides featuring new media functions in their consoles. Valve and Apple are very innovative and could make something very special together, providing it launches with Half Life 3.
  • BrewerHorse - April 17, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    To be honest, I'm not too keen. Not because of anything to do with the console itself, but I don't want another platform. I know competition is meant to be the best thing for consumers since sliced cheese, but having umpteen consoles will be annoying as hell. Three is enough with Nintendo, Sony and MS. Imagine how many exclusives you'd miss out on, not to mention the extra strain on developers to make their games compatable with another platform. Ok, if they're going for a gap in the market or something, like Nintendo did, then fair enough. If it's a direct competitor to the PS & Xbox, I hope they implement it in such a way that ports will not be a problem. Still means there's 2 platforms of exclusives you're missing out on though, discounting Nintendo. Some of us have normal adult lives, meaning buying 2 consoles isn't viable. Buying three can fook off.
  • 360gameking - April 17, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    Right, so you got valve, a company who doesn't like to put locks on things, and believes that the community is the most important aspect of video games. Then you got apple who lock all of their devices so only their software works for them, and who only think about money, yeah, this is totally going to happen
  • sean-johnstone - April 17, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    Wow who wants to pay $1000 bucks for this Bulls@#$ Apple needs to sit the hell down with this crap.
  • Balaska - April 17, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    Anyone remember the Pippin? That didn't work out so well...
  • oddprophet - April 17, 2012 11 a.m.

    Valve, Apple and Kinect... Hmm, this reminds me of a certain movie titled "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". I can't quite put my finger on why though.
  • Person5 - April 17, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    I am already not excited about any sort of Valve console if it turns out to be true, but now Apple may be a part of it? This news just gets better and better /sarcasm anyways, doesn't Valve hate Apple? Well maybe Sony burned Valve so its moving on to the next company like what MS did to drive Valve into Sony's arms. One more thing, why is there a picture in my ReCaptcha? hasn'tthis gone a bit far? I can't even read my other word!
  • gazzc - April 17, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    Strangely the good old controller and kb/mouse have worked fine for years now on all types of games. Nobody needs or cares about controlling their games by waving their arms about like a fool.
  • BladedFalcon - April 17, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    If it's really related to motion controls, then my interest in this console would be diminished greatly. Then again, it's a fucking rumor. They've been flying around like dog shit hitting a fan for weeks. Not really believing most of this will be true.
  • DLH570 - April 17, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    I don't see how these two companies could possibly work together. At the rate Valve works, it would take them decades to build a new console. Apple would want to release a new console every week or two.
  • Longnuts - April 17, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    If apple releases a console, it will have a successor every 6 months. First will be "iConsole" then 6 months later "iConsole2" etc.
  • Longnuts - April 17, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    People will camp out for weeks before the release of each one too. Because there is an "i" in front of it.
  • Person5 - April 17, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    its funny because it's immensely true, an Apple console wouldn't work in a world where a console generation now lasts 8 years.
  • gazzc - April 17, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    I am pretty sure there would be an iConsone 1G somewhere inbetween them two.
  • shawksta - April 17, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Wow, really? Well that would actually makes sense but somethings just not right, Valve and Apple arnt companies you would think would work together, even now its odd. Im mixed on this, valve, okay, but apple? That kills it in my opinion, guess well wait and see but I call bull despite it being very interesting. Kinect like console kills it, Valve isnt stupid enough to go that route, nothing even hinted their into motion,especially hands free like Kinect.
  • TheHowetzer - April 17, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    Considering the recent falling of Apple's stock prices, I would venture a guess that something like this could be cause for such action, and considering which way the price went (down) I would doubt there is much confidence in this tech. Of course, this is all theoretical rumor. Good luck though if it is going to happen, more choices = we win ultimately.
  • radiodeaf - April 17, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    Do these people understand gaming when they spout something like "Kinect".... when I sit down from a very long day, looking to push my brain into a relaxed state of puzzle solving or random killing....I don't want to gesture my way to it. There is a beauty of simplicity in the controller. There is no need for me to yell at my damn xbox or ps3... there is no need for me to make sure I get my gestures correct. STOP pushing this tech on us because you people want to make a quick buck on a incredibly wasted fad. So far the only good I've even seen come from the Kinect is the tech community getting a hold of it. I have yet to see an interesting game... or even an interesting use for it on my xbox. The only reason the voice and gesture control has been used, is to show off... beyond that. It's annoying. STOP.

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