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Apple TV for gaming: Can the A8 processor compete with Xbox and PlayStation ?

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With the release of Apple TV, should gamers be concerned? I mean most of us are used to our Xbox and Playstation consoles but can Apple TV sway gamers that is the million dollar question. dfsfdf

For this we first need to look at the specs:

  • Processor: Apple A8
  • CPU: Custom dual-core ‘Typhoon’ ARM
  • GPU: PowerVR GX6450 (quad-core)
  • Dimensions: 35x98x98mm
  • Weight: 425g
  • Video Output: HDMI 1.4a
  • Audio Support: Dolby Digital 7.1
  • Networking: 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ports: HDMI, USB-C (service only), IR receiver, LAN
  • Siri Remote: Glass touch surface, dual microphones, accelerometer, gyroscope, Bluetooth 4.0, IR, Lightning connector, six buttons (menu, home, Siri, Play/Pause, volume up/down)

Eurogamer provided some insight into Apple’s latest gadget.

Overall, with the new Apple TV, we’re firmly in micro-console territory, albeit with gaming as a component of the overall offering as opposed to its raison d’etre – in effect, it’s an extension of the strategy that has served Apple so well in the smartphone and tablet markets.

But our key concern about the device’s fortunes is this: Apple proved the indispensable utility of its existing devices – to the point where one or more of them is usually within close personal proximity for most if not all of the day.

We also should factor the type of games available, the Apple APP store features only indy style games with the occational big name release.

In regards to its streaming ability:

The jury’s definitely still out on just how essential a $150 media streamer is, and to what extent we even need one when media playback is so ubiquitous across a vast range of existing devices we already own. Each component of the Apple TV will need to be extremely impressive to make an impact – and that includes the games.

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