AppleTV+EA Games= Xbox 360 Killer?

You kind of have to wonder if we’re looking at a revolution moment like the time when the iPod came out. EA (Electronic Arts to the old skool’rs) announced today that it was publishing some of it’s most popular games on Mac OS X. Note that it’s EA that’s publishing the title, not a port by a popular gamehouse like MacPlay.

These games run on Mac OS X. The AppleTV runs Mac OS X. Put it together and the results are obvious.

But it doesn’t have enough video memory!

Whatever. How much memory do you think that the Xbox 360 has anyway? With the full overhead of the desktop version of OS X, the AppleTV could run it. How long before we start to see someone hack the AppleTV with the larger hard drive to handle something like this?

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Author: warwick

I'm a network architect in Springfield, MO. I like clever uses of technology whether it's in a data center or the kitchen of my house.

One thought on “AppleTV+EA Games= Xbox 360 Killer?”

  1. You’ll never see the AppleTv run any serious games (and by serious, I mean that you’ll never see it capable of playing even Wii type games without a serious CPU/GPU upgrade and major redesign to deal with the heat associated with upgraded processors. It won’t be an elegant fanless design anymore, and the margins will likely be even less than they are right now.

    It’s not just about video memory (the Xbox360 GPU shares 512MB with its CPU), it’s about sheer processing power. The Xbox has a triple core CPU running at 3.2GHz and an advanced GPU with 10Mb of RAM in the same package. The PS3 has similar power, although different architecture. For a good summary of the power consoles see http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2453.

    The AppleTv, by comparison, is anemic, even in comparison to the Nintendo Wii. It has the following:

    Processor Speed: 1 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 1
    Memory: 256 MB
    Bus Speed: 400 MHz

    Graphics/Displays:
    Chipset Model: GeForce Go 7300
    Type: Display
    Bus: PCIe
    VRAM (Total): 64 MB

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