With the gaming industry seemingly on the brink of two major new hardware consoles from Sony and Microsoft, you have to wonder if technology giants Apple are starting to get itchy feet as they watch their fellow manufacturers dominate the home console market.
Apple, on the other hand have become content with their priorities towards the mobile gaming market though, and thanks to the iPhone and their App Store, the company firmly sits at the top of the throne as far as gaming on a smartphone is concerned, although Android is slowly starting to close that gap.
There has been some pretty farfetched rumors that Apple may one day decide that the time is right to build a home gaming console of their own. It hasn’t happened yet obviously, but you can bet that if they did release a console it would obviously target consoles from Sony and Microsoft as Apple look to recreate that Midas touch which they have successfully achieved with many of their current hardware out today.
With this in mind, imagine our surprise when we heard recent rumors that Apple may be planning to make the first step in this bold venture into capturing a much more ‘hardcore’ gaming audience. Reports are suggesting that Apple are building a physical controller which will be used to play iOS games on the iPhone and iPad.
Specific details on the idea are extremely thin at the moment, but according to a new iPad review from AnandTech, it is a project that Apple has going on right now internally, so perhaps we will be seeing some further clarity on this at WWDC 2012 in June.
If the reports are true, then we imagine connectivity will be handled wirelessly via Bluetooth, and it would obviously breath a new lease of life back into iOS ports such as Streets of Rage 2 and other similar games which badly need a physical controller.
We love the sound of this rumor, so we definitely hope there’s some accuracy towards it. If you have been dying to see a controller solution for iOS games as well, let us know what you think of this. What would Apple call it? – the iPad is obviously taken!