With market capitalisation of over half a trillion of dollars, 410 million iOS devices sold to date, Apple isn’t a company anyone wants to go up against especially if the former decided to bring a rival product.
That’s why Sony, Nintendo and of course, Microsoft might be interested with Apple’s recently published patent.
It was filed in March this year and was only published today as GameRevolution has discovered the patent which lists many inputs and interactions between Apple TVs, iPhones, and iPods, including the mysterious and probably the next big thing from Apple, the FIG. 6, which “is a schematic of a video game controller for the standalone media player of FIG. 4 or a video game system”.
FIG. 4 is an Apple TV, which could easily rival the next PlayStation or Xbox with an upgrade, and technically already can play iOS games over airplay. Currently, playing on the iOS devices doesn’t go well with core gamers as they don’t take the platform too seriously due to the lack of buttons that often limits gameplay.
The controller is also pictured to be able to connect to an iPhone or iPod Touch and presumably will be able to connect to an iPad if it ever becomes “a thing”. Connection is shown to be wireless, using Radio-frequency identification (RFID) and NFC tags, rather than the cable shown.
What do you think? Will this device be able to compete with PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and possibly PS4 and Xbox 720?