Are Valve and Apple working together to create a gaming console? Recent puzzles pieces have all been falling in to place to make this rumor seem not too farfetched. Apple CEO Tim Cook was recently spotted at Valve's HQ and the gaming industry took notice. Apparently it's not everyday that the Apple CEO heads out, especially to visit the gaming industry's king of digital distribution.
Cult of Mac is reporting that Cook's trip to Valve was to discuss, what they're calling, Apple's full-on assault to take over the living room. Apple, aside from just bringing out the rumored Apple HDTV, also allegedly intends to bring out a home gaming console.
"According to sources to Cult of Mac, Apple is working on a television set with an iTunes-integrated touch screen remote and Siri-like voice command technology. The TV set will be coming before the end of 2012. Rumors and patents have said as much for the past year, so that’s nothing new," reports Cult of Mac.
In the past, Valve's CEO Gabe Newell has stated that he's interested in getting in to the hardware side of the industry as well. In an interview with Penny Arcade, Newell said, "Well, if we have to sell hardware we will. We have no reason to believe we’re any good at it, it’s more we think that we need to continue to have innovation and if the only way to get these kind of projects started is by us going and developing and selling the hardware directly then that’s what we’ll do."
He continued, "It’s definitely not the first thought that crosses our mind; we’d rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do that. We think it’s important enough that if that’s what we end up having to do then that’s what we end up having to do."
There are two companies at play here who both do their jobs very well and have some of the most absolutely passionate fans in the whole universe. If they fuse together to bring gamers an ultimate console, I believe all parties involved would be pleased with the result. It will just hurt our wallets, a lot.