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Analyst says Apple console possible

That Apple will forge a path into the videogame console hardware scene is a "distinct possibility", reckons Prudential analyst Jesse Tortora

"We think the videogame market represents a distinct possibility for Apple, especially considering that it recently announced the availability of videogames for its iPod through its iTunes store," Tortora has stated according to a reports.

Speaking further, Tortora opined that an Apple home console "could be morphed out of some combination of the MacMini and iTV", while a handheld rival to PSP and DS "could be developed as an enhancement for a future version of the widescreen iPod".

It appears that Tortora additionally reckons that a move into the videogame hardware scene could be a defensive and/or protective action for Apple and its position in the home entertainment market, particularly with the likes of Microsoft's Video Marketplace recently launching - which allows Xbox 360 owners to download TV shows and movies.

"...Microsoft is already aggressively wooing the movie studios. This could adversely impact Apple's iTunes Movie download business longer-term, along with its iTV and video iPod sales."

It's speculation, albeit informed, but what say you? What would your reaction be to an announcement from Apple that it was movie into videogame hardware? Do you think the popularity of iPod would guarantee it instant success?