According to Smarthouse, Apple has faced initial setbacks with IBM and Sony on getting their hands on the latest game-console CPU technology, which they may want to use in order to allow developers to seamlessly transition their games over to Apple's new platform. Instead of a dedicated gaming console, Apple may instead integrate gaming as an extension of a more general media center.
If true, it means Apple would be going out of its way to ensure porting from consoles to the [Mac Mini/iTv/whatever] is, if not particularly easy, at least receives first-party support. More importantly, it would do a better job explaining the games development related job ads on Apple's site a while back, as they apparently outsourced the majority of the iPod titles.
We can dream, right?
Wouldn't be the first time.
Remember the Apple/Bandai Pippin?
No one else does either.
Yep, I do. I was going to mention something about the Pippin, but this seems a much smarter angle, if true -- try to provide the tools to bring games to the Mac in general, and the Mini/iTV hardware in particular.
I guess you could sum the difference as Sony is trying to make a game console into a convergence platform; Apple is creating a convergence platform that might be able to play a few games.