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Can Apple TV Compete as a Gaming Console?
Sony and Microsoft probably don't have to worry too much -- yet.
Michael Comeau    

This article was originally posted on the Buzz & Banter where subscribers can follow over 30 professional traders as they share their ideas in real time. Want access to the Buzz plus unlimited market commentary? Click here to learn more about MVPRO+.

A reader asks the following:

Do you think Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV has potential as a video-game console? That market is ready for something new and different, and Apple could innovate the same way it did with the iPhone and iPad.

In response to that question: Apple TV absolutely, positively has potential as a video-game console, and I expect the next version to have some kind of gaming component.

Judging by the performance of the iPhone 5S and iPad Air, Apple is making big leaps in its semiconductor design prowess.

And Amazon.com's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire TV, which is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor, shows the potential of slapping some real horsepower into one of these tiny $99 boxes.

But the real question is, what kind of console can Apple TV be?

Clearly, Apple TV has potential as a "casual" gaming console.

The hardware power is clearly there, and it's a logical extension in functionality.

Adding gaming to Apple TV is also yet one more way to sell content from Apple's iTunes/App Store walled garden.

But it will not be a hard-core console like the Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox One and Sony (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4.

Apple just can't offer the same experience. Microsoft and Sony still have big advantages in hardware capabilities and breadth of core gaming titles, as well as loyal fan followings used to a certain type of experience.

If Apple puts out an Apple TV with a quantum leap in graphics processing and storage capacity, a serious controller, and deals with publishers to get full versions of big-name titles, then we can talk.

But Microsoft and Sony don't have much to worry about just yet.

Twitter: @MichaelComeau

Follow the markets all day every day with a FREE 14 day trial to Buzz & Banter. Over 30 professional traders share their ideas in real-time. Learn more.
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The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

Copyright 2011 Minyanville Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Can Apple TV Compete as a Gaming Console?
Sony and Microsoft probably don't have to worry too much -- yet.
Michael Comeau    

This article was originally posted on the Buzz & Banter where subscribers can follow over 30 professional traders as they share their ideas in real time. Want access to the Buzz plus unlimited market commentary? Click here to learn more about MVPRO+.

A reader asks the following:

Do you think Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV has potential as a video-game console? That market is ready for something new and different, and Apple could innovate the same way it did with the iPhone and iPad.

In response to that question: Apple TV absolutely, positively has potential as a video-game console, and I expect the next version to have some kind of gaming component.

Judging by the performance of the iPhone 5S and iPad Air, Apple is making big leaps in its semiconductor design prowess.

And Amazon.com's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire TV, which is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor, shows the potential of slapping some real horsepower into one of these tiny $99 boxes.

But the real question is, what kind of console can Apple TV be?

Clearly, Apple TV has potential as a "casual" gaming console.

The hardware power is clearly there, and it's a logical extension in functionality.

Adding gaming to Apple TV is also yet one more way to sell content from Apple's iTunes/App Store walled garden.

But it will not be a hard-core console like the Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox One and Sony (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4.

Apple just can't offer the same experience. Microsoft and Sony still have big advantages in hardware capabilities and breadth of core gaming titles, as well as loyal fan followings used to a certain type of experience.

If Apple puts out an Apple TV with a quantum leap in graphics processing and storage capacity, a serious controller, and deals with publishers to get full versions of big-name titles, then we can talk.

But Microsoft and Sony don't have much to worry about just yet.

Twitter: @MichaelComeau

Follow the markets all day every day with a FREE 14 day trial to Buzz & Banter. Over 30 professional traders share their ideas in real-time. Learn more.
Position in AAPL
The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

Copyright 2011 Minyanville Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Can Apple TV Compete as a Gaming Console?
Sony and Microsoft probably don't have to worry too much -- yet.
Michael Comeau    

This article was originally posted on the Buzz & Banter where subscribers can follow over 30 professional traders as they share their ideas in real time. Want access to the Buzz plus unlimited market commentary? Click here to learn more about MVPRO+.

A reader asks the following:

Do you think Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) TV has potential as a video-game console? That market is ready for something new and different, and Apple could innovate the same way it did with the iPhone and iPad.

In response to that question: Apple TV absolutely, positively has potential as a video-game console, and I expect the next version to have some kind of gaming component.

Judging by the performance of the iPhone 5S and iPad Air, Apple is making big leaps in its semiconductor design prowess.

And Amazon.com's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire TV, which is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor, shows the potential of slapping some real horsepower into one of these tiny $99 boxes.

But the real question is, what kind of console can Apple TV be?

Clearly, Apple TV has potential as a "casual" gaming console.

The hardware power is clearly there, and it's a logical extension in functionality.

Adding gaming to Apple TV is also yet one more way to sell content from Apple's iTunes/App Store walled garden.

But it will not be a hard-core console like the Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox One and Sony (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4.

Apple just can't offer the same experience. Microsoft and Sony still have big advantages in hardware capabilities and breadth of core gaming titles, as well as loyal fan followings used to a certain type of experience.

If Apple puts out an Apple TV with a quantum leap in graphics processing and storage capacity, a serious controller, and deals with publishers to get full versions of big-name titles, then we can talk.

But Microsoft and Sony don't have much to worry about just yet.

Twitter: @MichaelComeau

Follow the markets all day every day with a FREE 14 day trial to Buzz & Banter. Over 30 professional traders share their ideas in real-time. Learn more.
Position in AAPL
The information on this website solely reflects the analysis of or opinion about the performance of securities and financial markets by the writers whose articles appear on the site. The views expressed by the writers are not necessarily the views of Minyanville Media, Inc. or members of its management. Nothing contained on the website is intended to constitute a recommendation or advice addressed to an individual investor or category of investors to purchase, sell or hold any security, or to take any action with respect to the prospective movement of the securities markets or to solicit the purchase or sale of any security. Any investment decisions must be made by the reader either individually or in consultation with his or her investment professional. Minyanville writers and staff may trade or hold positions in securities that are discussed in articles appearing on the website. Writers of articles are required to disclose whether they have a position in any stock or fund discussed in an article, but are not permitted to disclose the size or direction of the position. Nothing on this website is intended to solicit business of any kind for a writer's business or fund. Minyanville management and staff as well as contributing writers will not respond to emails or other communications requesting investment advice.

Copyright 2011 Minyanville Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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