Tim Cook Didn’t Visit Valve, But Apple Is Still Working On Gaming

Tim Cook Didn’t Visit Valve, But Apple Is Still Working On Gaming

Valve co-founder Gabe Newell recently addressed the rumor that Apple CEO Tim Cook visited his company last week in an interview with Seven Day Cooldown. Newell flat out denied the rumor, originally published by AppleInsider, that Tim Cook visited Valve HQ.

Cult of Mac originally added to the rumor by saying that Apple could have been meeting with Valve because Apple is working on its own type of gaming console for the living room, and was potentially looking for partnering with Valve.

While it’s been revealed that Cook did not in fact visit Valve, our sources have again reiterated that Apple is absolutely continuing with its plans for a living room gaming presence regardless of Valve involvement.

Here’s what Newell had to say:

We actually, we all sent mail to each other, going, “Who’s Tim Cook meeting with? Is he meeting with you? I’m not meeting with Tim Cook.” So we’re… it’s one of those rumors that was stated so factually that we were actually confused.

No one here was meeting with Tim Cook or with anybody at Apple that day. I wish we were! We have a long list of things we’d love to see Apple do to support games and gaming better. But no, we didn’t meet with Tim Cook. He seems like a smart guy, but I’ve never actually met him.

Apple’s specific plans for gaming and its upcoming TV set remain unknown, but the company is still working on a Kinect-like video game console, according to sources. The company’s plans are always subject to change, but gaming for the upcoming television is definitely on the table right now.

  • Sdreed91

    I love that CoM made it worse when they reported “We’ve gotten word that Cook was indeed at Valve yesterday, and what’s more, Apple is planning a full-on assault to take over the living room. This assault won’t just be limited to the long-rumored Apple HDTV set, but will also include a revolutionary home console as well.” Not only great reporting, but also truly reliable sources.

  • Tallest_Skil

    So basically, “I completely lied, but I’m not wrong”.

    Uh huh. “Living room gaming presence”, my foot.

    iPhone. iPod touch. iPad. Over AirPlay to an Apple TV. That’s their presence. They’re already there.

  • Cole Shores

    Thats really unfortunate that it isn’t happening. Heart rate feedback would really reinvent the game console industry.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Thats really unfortunate that it isn’t happening. Heart rate feedback would really reinvent the game console industry.

    Nintendo did it with the Wii and I don’t see any reinvention. I saw reinvention when the Wii was released in aught six. And everyone who thought it wasn’t shut up when Microsoft and Sony just copied Nintendo. Again.

  • VirtualBrown

    Can you ask valve what their list is?

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