Apple’s announcement of a Nintendo Switch competitor has had a lot of gamers’ tongues buzzing, which is understandable. Apple’s vast resources, long-standing reputation for flair, and recent advancements in system technology like the Apple M1 processor and Neural Engine might result in a fantastic Switch replacement.
Every few months, a storey surfaces claiming that Apple is developing a Nintendo Switch competitor in order to get a foothold in the handheld gaming hardware market.
Rumors of an Apple-built Nintendo Switch-style console first started circulating back in May 2021. A South Korean forum thread claimed that Apple is developing a hybrid gaming console that would work similarly to a Nintendo Switch, that is allowing the user to alternate between handheld mode, docking, and otherwise.
However, the Pippin launched 25 years ago up against the original PlayStation, the Nintendo 64, and the ill-fated Sega Saturn. Going up against those legendary consoles was difficult back then, but this time out, Apple has a few more tricks up its sleeve, and there are a few reasons why an Apple handheld gaming console isn’t as outlandish as you might think.
So, right now, these are rumors. Apple has never mentioned a handheld gaming console. Furthermore, those readers of a certain vintage may remember Apple’s last venture into gaming consoles, the Apple-Bandai Pippin, which was a massive flop.
One of the other things that puts a question mark over the rumors of an Apple handheld gaming console is the lack of developer support. Even with the M1 chip, big-name developers like Ubisoft or Bethesda aren’t rushing to develop games for the architecture. The market just isn’t there currently.