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Is it possible to use the Apple TV as a gaming console - and if so, how, and where are games available for it listed?

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Not really sure this is appropriate for the site. However, I'm not the downvoter. – GnomeSlice Oct 10 '11 at 17:45
"What are the pros and cons of using it as a console?" still invites discussion, which is not what we want to see in a Q&A question. Could you rephrase it to only ask for an objective answer? – user56 Oct 10 '11 at 18:20
The text in the parentheses is now redundant. – Ullallulloo Oct 10 '11 at 20:00
The Apple TV can be modded to run arbitrary code, including (in theory) Linux-compatible games and emulators, but it's a serious pain in the rear. – SevenSidedDie Oct 10 '11 at 21:21
@blunders Very much so. :) – SevenSidedDie Oct 10 '11 at 21:37
up vote 5 down vote accepted

An argument can be made that they already have a gaming console: the iOS platform. Some games (The Incident comes to mind) already support streaming the game through an AppleTV, while using the iOS device as a controller. With iOS 5, there is supposedly built-in support for streaming almost anything through an Apple TV. My biggest critique of iOS gaming on my iPhone is that my fingers get in the way, so we'll hopefully see more streaming-the-screen-through-a-TV.

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+1 @splattered bits: Awesome, just the info I was looking for. Do you know if the streaming is local or via a network connection? – blunders Oct 10 '11 at 17:48
That I don't know. I'm not an iOS developer, so not sure how it's accomplished. If I was to wager a guess, I'd say it happens over the network. – splattered bits Oct 10 '11 at 17:50
Following the link you provided I found the support page, it appears that a connect may be made via bluetooth or WiFi, which would lead me to believe it's a local connection; though it's possible it's not, meaning that the connection is routed to the console, over the net, and back to the console. Again, thanks for sharing! – blunders Oct 10 '11 at 18:03
It's possible I'm wrong, but it appears that the gaming console is the iDevice (e.g. iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch) - not the Apple TV itself. That said, your answer has been a huge help, and unless an answer pops up showing how to use the Apple TV as a gaming console, I'll take your answer as the answer. Cheers! – blunders Oct 10 '11 at 18:45

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