Apple TV Gaming Center Hinted Strongly in iOS 4.3 Beta Code

Engadget is reporting of a code in the new iOS 4.3 beta that references the possibility for Apple to enter the games console market.New code in the iOS 4.3 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming. Several strings of code include the terms "ATVThunder" and "ATVGames", as well as "Controller", […]

Engadget is reporting of a code in the new iOS 4.3 beta that references the possibility for Apple to enter the games console market.

iOS 4.3 Beta code

New code in the iOS 4.3 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming. Several strings of code include the terms "ATVThunder" and "ATVGames", as well as "Controller", "Schedule" and "Standings" that point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front (think App Store, iTunes). What these refer to is anyone's guess, but the mysterious Thunder service also comes up in a string as "play.live.thunder"

With only 8GB of storage (but a nice USB port in the back) we're likely to see some sort of streaming-type products at some point. Speculation is that there might be some sort of OnLive-type of product that streams from North Carolina.

Additionally, there're two more codenames and a handful of other strings that popped up relating to Apple TV: Sedona and Flagstaff. Sedona included hints at director, episode, and other common video attributes, while Flagstaff hinted at account types and merchants, but at this point the two are too vague to draw any real conclusion from.

Finally, elsewhere in the world, Alex Hisrbrunner used a Harmony remote to find hidden Apple TV commands that resemble iOS functions not normally possible with the standard ATV remote -- namely, wiggling icons that can me resorted using the directional pad.

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