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Apple Tv Gaming Hinted Strongly In Ios 4.3 Beta Code

Discussion in 'IPTV Hardware' started by Chris Blount, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    Let's not jump to any conclusions, but a trusted tipster has uncovered evidence that's suggests some folks in Cupertino have learned a thing or two from Xbox Live. New code in the iOS 4.3 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming. Several references have been found pertaining to "ATVGames" and "ATVThunder" that point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front (think App Store, iTunes). We're particularly intrigued by two strings -- "com.apple.appletv.play.live.thunder" and ".play.archive.thunder" -- but what those actually mean in the grand scheme of things is ultimately ambiguous. Apple TV's minimum storage capacity (about 8GB) suggests the company might look to streaming not entirely unlike how OnLive works; as our tipster speculates, the OpenGL is mature and thoroughly implemented enough that streaming low bandwidth data and computing locally could happen, but that's just theoretical with nothing in the code to back it up.

    Full article: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/09/apple-tv-gaming-hinted-strongly-in-ios-4-3-beta-code/
  2. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    It this happens, that would be great... I just don't know what they would use for controllers, other than an iPhone or iPad.

    But given the cost of an Xbox, using a $99 AppleTV to game would be outstanding.
  3. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    Plants v. Zombies on my 56" screen with my iPad as a controller would be a fabulous way to blow an entire evening! :)

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