Apple is reportedly mulling a move into the gaming console business, according to recent reports. During a recent episode of the Xbox Two podcast, Jez Corden, a Windows Central contributor, discussed the possibility of Apple’s involvement. “I’ve been hearing rumors for a long time that Apple was looking at producing a apples game system,” Corden said.
The video game console business seems to be a pretty exclusive club. Even the largest corporations in the world would be foolish, if not downright foolish, to compete with the likes of PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo, especially when even the newest of those businesses has more than 20 years of experience in the gaming industry. However, there was a time when Microsoft’s Xbox was considered a newbie, and the console has done well for itself.
Apple is reportedly mulling a move into the gaming console business, according to recent reports. During a recent episode of the Xbox Two podcast, Jez Corden, a Windows Central contributor, discussed the possibility of Apple’s involvement. “I’ve been hearing rumors for a long time that Apple was looking at producing a video game system,” Corden said.
Some of the programmers that Apple recruited from Microsoft were doing so because they wanted to investigate the possibility of creating their own console. “I’m not sure whether it’s going to be a VR play or a metaverse thing or anything like that,” says the author.
Notably, Corden said on the show that he has yet to see any tangible proof that Apple is developing a console at the time of this writing. Although he has heard these stories from persons who would be in the know, he has not seen any supporting paperwork to back them up.
Companies, notably Apple, work on projects all the time, some as large as a new console launch, only to conclude later that the project isn’t functioning or that it isn’t worth the effort. The fact that Apple has hired personnel from the Xbox indicates that the company is looking to develop its gaming business. A reasonable, though very difficult, step in that process would be the development of a console that could compete with the established systems now on the market.
At this point, Apple’s contribution to the gaming industry has been little, especially when compared to the company’s decision to build its own platform. It does, however, include Apple Arcade, a subscription program that gives you access to a large library of games, some of which are exclusives, for a small monthly membership fee. Apple TV can really play Apple Arcade games, so it’s already a console in a way, although a rudimentary one, but not really.
In the most recent episode of The Xbox Two podcast, which he co-hosts with fellow Windows Central writer Jez Corden, he discussed the fascinating idea. It’s worth noting that Corden’s source on this specific story is “not fantastic,” since it’s merely something he’s heard without any supporting proof. While the thought is intriguing enough to contemplate, we should proceed with caution and treat it as if it were factual.
During the podcast, Corden adds, “I’ve been hearing rumors for a while now that Apple has been stealing Xbox developers in order to build its own console.” In the past year, I’ve heard rumors that Apple was looking into developing a apples game system. While I’m not sure if it will be a virtual reality experience or a metaverse thing or anything like that, some of the engineers that Apple poached from Microsoft were doing so because they wanted to explore developing their own console.
Also mentioned by Corden is the fact that Apple is notorious for scrapping major projects before they get a chance to be released. It’s likely that, even if this console was indeed in the works at one time, it has already met a destiny similar to those of previous unfinished Apple research and development projects.