Top Tech Stories: Apple TV as a Game Console
Finally, back to Apple again for a top tech stories wildcard. Between them, Sony (SNE), Microsoft and Nintendo (NTDOY) sold 260 million units in the previous generation of video game consoles. Apple has been making moves into the space, including external controller support and the purchase of PrimeSense, the company that designed the Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360. So 2014 could be the year the Apple TV streaming box gains the ability to play iOS games on a television.
Apple is never going to steal true hardcore gamers from the PS4 and Xbox One, but a game-playing Apple TV would appeal to casual gamers and to parents. It would be a set-top streamer, cheap game console and source of 99-cent games their kids could also play on the iPads, iPhones and iPods.
If Apple took a chunk of next generation game console sales with the Apple TV, that could be a big new source of revenue while potentially setting off a hardware price war, shaking up a game development industry that counts on those new console owners to pay $60 for blockbuster-budget video game titles. It could also put the nail in the coffin of Nintendo’s Wii U — the struggling next generation console that relies on the sort of casual gamers most likely to jump ship.
The technology industry is a huge one, and there will be no shortage of tech stories to watch in 2014. The usual players like Google and Microsoft are bound to be involved, but I suspect the really big ones are going to center around Apple … and that’s likely to result in good news next year for AAPL.
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.