Mobile games aren’t new to the industry, but it seems the first games console is going to have to be the next big thing in the mobile space.
And that means, potentially, a television game console.
A new report from the Wall Street Journal says Apple’s iPhone is being considered for the project.
The article also claims that Microsoft is working on a TV-based device, while Sony has been looking into TV-oriented game consoles.
While there is still some uncertainty around whether these devices will be the future of games consoles, they’re certainly intriguing and a potential step forward for the industry.
The report was published by WSJ’s mobile gaming section, where the article’s author, Matt Cavanaugh, wrote: Apple’s upcoming iPhone is a potential game console, but we don’t know for sure.
There are no details about the specs, or when Apple plans to launch it, or whether Apple plans on making the console itself, as opposed to licensing its games to third parties.
We’re told Apple will be aiming for a $350 price point, but details on how that will be funded are sketchy.
That said, there are some signs of a possible TV-style game console being in the works.
WSJ says the “iPhone is considered one of the biggest TV-connected devices in the world, and is being explored by various TV-focused developers.”
“Apple is also interested in the development of a home entertainment device, which is not clear yet, according to sources familiar with the matter,” the article continues.
“This could be a future console or an extension of the Apple TV.
It could also be a home theater device that can be plugged into any television.”
With that in mind, we’re guessing that Apple’s rumored project will be a game console rather than a TV, and that a TV console will be one of Apple’s top priorities.
A similar report by Game Informer last month suggested that Apple is “considering a home-console gaming system for the iPhone, which will likely be a big focus for the company in the coming years.”