The Steam Box gaming console rumors are back and they’re certainly back with a major twist. We’re now hearing that Valve may be enlisting the help of the mighty Apple in their efforts to offer an alternative and competing home console to those currently on the market from Sony and Microsoft.
We first heard about a potential gaming console from Valve at the start of March, when there were whispers that the system would be equipped with hardware specs such as an Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and graphics from NVIDIA – promising if accurate.
Now though, it has been widely reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook has recently paid a visit to Valve’s HQ and more specifically Gabe Newell and there is obvious talk that the agenda for both companies is closely linked to the initial Steam Box console theories, with Apple now potentially playing a major part in development.
If the two are really working together, then we imagine that Valve are hoping that Apple will assist them in the software department. Valve arguably has more knowledge in building a gaming system, while Apple obviously are one of the mobile app superpowers with their iOS App Store.
Could Valve’s gaming console feature support for the Apple App Store? Unlikely, but one much more likely scenario is that Apple could be helping out with voice-recognition and motion support for the console. It does seem like a rather farfetched collaboration, but the rumors do not seem to be going away at the moment.
Everyone is expecting big things from Microsoft and Sony at this year’s E3 event this Summer, but imagine a mindblowing scenario where Tim Cook and Gabe Newell take to the stage to announce their console to the world? That would be incredible. It’s worth mentioning about Sony too and how they would feel on a potential partnership between Valve and Apple. Most of you will remember Newell’s now infamous speech at E3 2010 when he surprisingly revealed Portal 2 for the PS3 with Steam support after previously being critical of Sony. Will this now put their relationship in jeopardy with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on the way this year?
Interesting times indeed and we can’t wait to see what happens. Let us know your thoughts on a potential console from Apple and Valve. We often see the term ‘game-changer’ misused in the industry, but could it really apply in this case?