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Gaming potential for 2014 Mac mini debated

Earlier this week we had another look at the likelihood of a new Mac mini coming later this year, possibly at the 2014 iPad event in October. Everything we know so far is based on rumors, which is very obvious seeing as though Apple loves to keep us guessing. However, it was the question at the end that seems to have caused a real debate, as we asked if they would sacrifice a shrunken design in favor of a 2014 Mac Mini with improved gaming potential?

One Product Reviews reader started the debate off by stating that “OS X was not for gaming.” While some of you may think this is true, this statement was quickly responded to, with another reader saying that “The statement in itself isn’t true. Gamers do not use computers that run on OS X because most developers do not develop their game for the platform.” He concluded that “OS X is for gaming, but there just aren’t that many games to play.

We would love to know how you feel about those two comments, although many of our Google+ followers have already started the debate going, with one getting straight to the point by saying “Because there are no games to play, OS X isn’t for gaming!!! Hence Proved!!!

While this is a valid point, many of you would agree that Apple has not helped matters because game developers prefer to programme games on computers that are easy to customize because this appeals to different gamers. However, for people who say you cannot customize an OS X machine, then your thinking is flawed, and a way to prove this is by going here, as well as the fact that you can customize your machine from Apple when placing your order.

You can still be a fan of OS X and be against the idea of gaming on these machines, as another of our readers saying that “Unless you’re playing mainstream games (such as Skyrim or Diablo) then no, OS X is not a platform for gaming. And, Macs themselves (other than maybe the 27-inch iMac) aren’t really even made for gaming other than casually,” which means gaming on the next-gen Mac Mini is not the right way to go.

Upon reading over more of our Google+ comments we got the impression that many of them would rather stick with the same size Mac Mini if it had improved hardware for gaming, but we would still like to know how you feel about this?

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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