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Digital gaming is on the rise; up 11% in August

Digital gaming is the future — or perhaps digital gaming is the present. As the disc-based, physical model of video games continues to shrink with the new digital-heavy approach of the Xbox One and PS4 it’s no surprise to see each month the market continue to expand.

SuperData‘s recent analysis shows nearly a billion dollars (exactly $979 million) were spent on digital games in the month of August — an 11% increase from where it was just one year ago.

PC gamers have been a steady source of revenue for digital gaming for many years even before the Xbox One and PS4 consoles with online stores like Steam and Origin.

PC gamers and console gamers accounted for $250 million of the $979 million and with many major titles like Fallout 4, Halo 5, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and more on the way, it’s a fairly safe bet to make this number is only going to go up.

SuperData suggests that this could be the biggest holiday-season yet for the digital gaming industry.

The latest Apple TV also comes into play a bit, and despite the excitement some may have for the additional gaming features in the console the limitations of the platform is far too great for it to take any sizeable chunk of the market.

SuperData explains that “…mobile gamers are just that: they prefer to play on their smartphone or tablet and are ultimately much less likely to switch to a large screen in their living room.”

The expectations for the Apple TV as a gaming console should be set very low. There is a slim-to-none threat of the platform threatening even Nintendo’s WiiU console let alone the major Xbox One, PS4, or PC gaming platforms.

Overall, gaming as a whole is in a fantastic place as a medium with the launch of YouTube Gaming helping popularity stay on it’s skyrocketing pace along with merging the video and interactive media together.


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Apple delves into console iOS gaming with new Apple TV

After multiple Apple-focused blogs including have begun to perpetuate the rumors that the next Apple TV will include a more fleshed-out gaming experience on the media hub platform.

Apple TV is expected to include additional peripherals besides the standard remote to offer a better control scheme for games. The new controller is expected to include “tactile physical buttons and a touchpad” on the controller. This new interface will open up Apple to some new compeititon in the microconsole industry with the recent acquisition of OUYA by Razer leading the way for a new android microconsole from the PC gaming peripheral maker.

Apple’s appstore has an excellent abundance of platformers and story driven games albeit with very underwhelming visuals. Don’t expect Apple to make much of a jump in the hardware department.

A great UI will be the driving force behind a positive user experience.

The digital assitant Siri will reportedly be a large focus for the new Apple TV and will allow players to jump in and out of games and other apps with simple voice commands.

Some new and growing games will be shown off on the recently created twitter feed for iOS games. Sneak previews, in-game hints/suggestions, and other various gaming-centric content including Appstore editor-game developer interactions will be routinely posted.

The new Apple TV 4 with iOS games is also rumored to be as much as double the retail price of the Apple TV 3 at launch. Cnet has reported the price tag could be up to $199.

Apple will have a full press event September 9 and will reveal more details about what fans of iOS games are in for with Apple TV 4.