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iOS 7's (AAPL) support for physical game controllers should worry home console vendors (MSFT,...

iOS 7's (AAPL) support for physical game controllers should worry home console vendors (MSFT, SNE, NTDOY.PK), thinks BGR's Jonathan S. Geller. A combo of iOS game controllers, high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi links, and Apple's AirPlay tech for the wireless mirroring of an iOS display on a TV (via Apple TV) could replicate a console experience at a lower cost, while also allowing gameplay to be continued on an iPhone/iPad away from home. For now, home consoles maintain a decent graphics quality edge. But mobile processors are quickly narrowing the gap. Nvidia's (NVDA) Shield Android handheld console also supports TV mirroring.
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  • bgold1955
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    I think a lot of corps are worried about Apple and they should be.
    23 Jun 2013, 03:46 PM Reply Like
  • toonies
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    Don't worry.
    23 Jun 2013, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • zd2002
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    Consoles will always have the hardcore niche market. There are games like Call of Duty which require a ton of processing power connected to a wall plug. Their demographics are overwhelmingly male, 15 - 30 years old.

     

    The market that Apple captures are those for casual gaming. Instead of paying $60 for a AAA title, you can pay as little as $2 for one. And those are accessible to everyone.

     

    Even developing for the console costs you serious money. I think someone told me it was $20K just to get dev kit for the PS3. On iOS, it's $100. I don't the two will overlap.
    23 Jun 2013, 04:10 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    I think the difference in upgrade cycle lengths could make things interesting. Consoles get refreshed every 7-8 years. Whereas mobile processors (and the phones/tablets they go into) get refreshed about once a year.

     

    So while the PS4 and Xbox One should soundly outperform the mobile processors currently available, the same might not hold for processors available in 2-3 years. And the successors to the PS4 and Xbox One might not arrive until the end of the decade.
    23 Jun 2013, 04:21 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    There's also the question, of course, of how much horsepower most consumers need to feel they're getting a "quality" 3D gaming experience.
    23 Jun 2013, 04:23 PM Reply Like
  • KevinRemde
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    Agreed. The folks who should worry are Nintendo, not Microsoft or Sony. Wii is much more casual/family-friendly.
    23 Jun 2013, 06:16 PM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    Who's going to buy a new $600-800 phone every two years so they can be a gamer? Right - almost nobody.
    23 Jun 2013, 06:27 PM Reply Like
  • silverscreen
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    The people who can afford an iPhone can afford any console and content. MSFT actually has the best theoretical advantage in this use case, as they own the end-to-end experience, from phone to cloud to Xbox. They have trouble executing though
    23 Jun 2013, 05:08 PM Reply Like
  • chabig
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    Everyone who can afford a Galaxy can afford an iPhone.
    23 Jun 2013, 05:44 PM Reply Like
  • JCNP7777
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    uh the gap between graphics capabilities of a mobile device and an actual console/pc system is still massive and not even close.
    23 Jun 2013, 05:15 PM Reply Like
  • Energysystems
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    Fact is, consoles are money losing projects for the likes of $SNE and $MSFT.

     

    Getting into that biz, is about as fruitful as getting into internet radio.
    23 Jun 2013, 05:17 PM Reply Like
  • Rory Westfold
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    The consoles of old may have been lost leaders but, the project itself garners huge profits in licensing from games companies using that platform. It's still a huge money maker. That said, for the reasons above Apple have no chance in this market. By the time the put a foot in the door, everyone else will have moved house.
    24 Jun 2013, 08:09 AM Reply Like
  • stockaudit
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    BlackBerry will have all these features and more with 10.2 coming very soon including wireless HDMI and Miracast. No need either for any Apple TV for an extra $99.
    http://bit.ly/15wrtsQ
    23 Jun 2013, 05:46 PM Reply Like
  • Tony (long)
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    Yep one of things excites me about BlackBerry - replacing game consoles AND BES10, and QNX in cars, the internet of everything... M2M and QNX which BlackBerry owns
    23 Jun 2013, 05:58 PM Reply Like
  • KevinRemde
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    HDMI might be nice, but I doubt Miracast would give a good game experience. Anything currently wireless won't give you the same crisp HD experience. And the new consoles (PS4 and XBOX One) are sporting 60 fps games. Wireless won't be able to do that anytime soon.
    23 Jun 2013, 06:19 PM Reply Like
  • stockaudit
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    More great news that shows that QNX is definitely looking like the automobile choice for in car navigation and connectivity.

     

    Garmin’s NEW concept K2 telematics system that provides 3-D navigation maps, help, and much more is using QNX!

     

    http://bit.ly/11yO6PA
    June 21, 2013
    "Steiner says K2 marks the first time Garmin is using an operating system other than its own. He says the switch to an operating system by software firm QNX was necessary for the telematics company to become “a lot more scalable.”

     

    BBRY up up and away!
    23 Jun 2013, 06:39 PM Reply Like
  • stockaudit
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    Then you can always plug in your hard wired HDMI port on the Z10 or Q10 if you want blazing speed. Unfortunately iPhone can only use wireless (as it has no HDMI port) so the Blackberry BB10 experience can only be better all around. I doubt any smart phone will ever have more processing power that a dedicated game console, but for the casual gamer it will provide a more than adequate experience.
    23 Jun 2013, 06:48 PM Reply Like
  • Tony (long)
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    Yep if you want a growth story... BBRY / BB. Apple is a short imo
    23 Jun 2013, 06:04 PM Reply Like
  • trade bait
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    Blackberry over apple ooook, you are either in Cali, Washington state or Colorado.
    24 Jan 2014, 07:01 PM Reply Like
  • TurtleGrowth
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    It's a modern myth that somehow these gaming apps can compete with consoles and traditional videogames. Most every youth I work with has a smartphone now, but maybe one out of a dozen has ever payed $1 for an app game. On the other hand, Nintendo is doing great.

     

    "3DS total shipments have reached 31.09 million units, which puts shipments for the first quarter of 2013 at over one million units. The Wii continues to inch towards 100 million units, which 99.84 million units shipped. The Wii managed to ship 460,000 units in the quarter. Nintendo DS shipments have reached 153.87 million units."

     

    So yeah, over 31 million 3DS shipments not including the handful of games every 3DS owner will purchase in the future or has already purchased. Smartphones with $1 games cannot even compete.
    23 Jun 2013, 08:48 PM Reply Like
  • jammerculture
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    Lol Halo on an ipad

     

    Reaching here guys
    23 Jun 2013, 09:22 PM Reply Like
  • RoyalPhanta
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    Nintendo might not see profits of the great 2008 highs off the double punch Wii+3DS, but they hold the unique position of having great IPs that gives them a good position. If people want to play Pokemon,Mario,Zelda , they'll have to buy a Nintendo console.
    24 Jun 2013, 12:05 AM Reply Like
  • Rory Westfold
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    Absolutely agree with the bulk of replies and throughly disagree with the opening quote. If you intend to make such a sweeping statement that carries impact on share price you need to have a clue about the subject at hand. It is clear you don't.

     

    As many of the replies here state:

     

    1. Apple is massively overpriced in its own market against many superior smart phones and has lost its marketing edge. That in itself is damaging to Apple stock value. The "new gimmick" moniker is long gone and the "new improved" devices are just reshaped and slightly polished versions at full price. There will always be a die hard following for Apple products. I-sheep will always need to be told when to buy. The more discerning consumer will realise the power, and usability of the competition and start to deviate.

     

    2. Litigation - mulitple lawsuits were begun and I just assume Apple figured these big companies they have accused of stealing designs would just bend over and take it. Highly likely to drag out even more delaying many possible new technologies on the Apple range. Especially when crossing into the gaming arena. For every case Apple sing about winning, they seem to lose another somewhere.

     

    3. The console industry is based on real games players who expect power and gfx capabilities. The processing power is too weak and there is no serious gfx on any Apple product. So unless we are about to get our 1986 on, there is a long long way to go before Apple could even make a dent. Even our small children expect more from a games console. Can any of you imagine needing a controller to play any of these current apps? Pointless.

     

    4. Most games consoles are now moving AWAY from hand held controllers and indeed Razer has already produced a hand held fully incorporated games device WITH all of the above built-in. So with the technology in place already, Apple come late to the table to find one company eating all the leftovers and everyone else has already gone for cigars and drinks.

     

    5. Finally, Apple need to come up with something so epic and niche that major players; Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony and I guess even PC gamers are rocked. I don't see that happening with all the years of experience and research Apple don't have a prayer to me.

     

    4.
    24 Jun 2013, 08:10 AM Reply Like
  • Island_Dweller
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    The article was a totally and completely useless read. No empirical evidence to support his argument and the number of assumptions is off the charts. I had to check the date again to make sure it wasn't April 1st.
    24 Jun 2013, 10:53 AM Reply Like
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