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Gamers and the video game industry as a whole got excited by the Xbox One announcement from Microsoft earlier this week. Just like current and next generation consoles the Xbox One goes above and beyond playing video games to be home entertainment device. Pulling from streaming services such as Netflix just as the 360 does, the Xbox One will support Hulu Plus out of the box.
Games and game content there won't be much difference however there may be differences in price for content depending on exchange rate. While most of what Canadians will get on Xbox One will the same what gamers will get in other parts of the world outside of the United States.
Now more than ever could be the time for Apple to get into video games not just portable handheld gaming where sales of Nintendo's DS systems and Sony's Playstation Portable and Vita systems have seen large declines due to the popularity of iPhones and iPod touches. For numerous reasons moving into home game consoles could lead to new success and revenue for Apple.
Well established platform: With iOS powering Apple's handheld devices as well as Apple TV, there are already is millions of potential of devices and millions of potential gamers already out there. Using an Apple TV as the home console and iPhone or iPod Touch as controllers gives gamers a low cost of ownership because they are using Apple hardware they already own but gives Apple room to sell that one piece of hardware that potential gamers don't already have most likely the Apple TV.
Established relationships with game developers: No video game system can be successful without game software for customers to play. With iOS devices as ubiquitous as they are game developers and publishers from the giants like EA and ActiVision right to the independents making games for iOS a supply of games is already guaranteed to be there.
If Apple ends up taking on Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo the video game industry which has seen lackluster sales in the past few years, will get a shot of new life that it desperately needs. The established giants of the industry will be getting a competitor they simlpy cannot ignore. Apple is already bigger than Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo and can crush any of them if Apple gets a chance.
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