Apple’s wares – software and hardware – are not often linked with intensive games and gaming sessions, but the announcement of the GameCenter for Mac during the 2012 WWDC has left a lot of Mac owners and non-Mac owners thinking about the future GameCenter would bring.
Essentially, GameCenter can be likened with the online gaming venue/network/platform of established game consoles like the Xbox and/or the PlayStation,with Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.
Though not as fully-featured or detailed when compared to Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, GameCenter does come with certain upsides which just could shake things up in the future of gaming standards and releases.
Cross-platform playability stands to be one feature of GameCenter, a feature which somewhat deviates from Apple’s long-running exclusivity norm. Support for AirPlay is also another, which pretty much means that Apple TV owners can stream content from their Macs.
This is quite nifty if you think about it, especially now that there is talk of an HDTV on-the works.
If one thinks about it, imagine how much enhanced an HDTV which can “transform” into a console with paired with an iPod touch, iPad, iPhone or a Mac would be. Not only will Apple gadgets be stand alone items geared for certain functions, but its synthesis with other gadgets could well morph into an impressive home entertainment/gaming system.
Though no official statement from Apple talks about plans in coming up with a gaming console, the popularity of Apple’s products could well be reason enough to support the feasibility of an actual Apple-made console to come out.
If Apple does actually come up with its own console, things are really going to get interesting.