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Real Racing 2 HD for iPad 2

By: aragrist Mar 25, 2011 | 7 Comments

Real Racing 2 HD for iPad 2 is going to sport 1080p visuals on an HDTV while also running a display on the touch screen.

As you can see the graphic improvments are very impressive for a hand-held device. Apple claimed 9x's the power in the graphics of the iPad 2 and this demo really shows off that improvment. The iPad itself is used as a steering wheel and also as a display for the track map and stats on the current race. The developer Firemint says the game runs at a silky smooth 30 fps in full screen 1080p.

This is the first game to make use of dual displays on the iPad 2 and to run native 1080p visuals through the video out adapter. Now that App developers can see just what can be done I believe we will start seeing console quality games showing up for the iPad 2 making it a full fledged mobile hand-hand and TV console system able to display lower end current gen graphics. I say lower end only because I haven't seen anyone release something on the level of Xbox 360 or PS3 yet. But since it can display 1080p visuals it's only a matter of time before some developer finds a way to make PS3 quality games for the iPad2.

This also makes me wonder what will be happening with Apple TV. It is very likely that they could make games for it running wii quality graphics using an iPhone or iPod touch as a controller, but I think they will wait for the next version of Apple TV with 1080p before making an App store for it and games.

Of course all that said, Apple is currently looking into making AirPlay availible as a native funtion in new HDTV's making Apple TV redondent. In that case I'm guessing that the next step will be to send 1080p visuals over AirPlay directly to HDTV's meaning that your iPod 5th gen, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 or 3 will be a portable home console that plays on whatever TV you are sitting in front of.

I hope that Apple engineers read this site and take my idea to heart. If they succeed it will be a real game changer for all the system makers. Imagine not having to have a system wired to your TV. You simply look through your library of games and select the TV in your house you wish to play on and start playing. Maybe you get tired of playing on the main TV and want to lay in bed while still playing the same game. You just pause it hit the airplay symbol and select the bedroom tv and hit pause again to pick up where you left off. When you leave the house for a rode trip just play on the touch screen.

If the level of graphics can match what is used by a PS3 or Xbox 360 then I think you have the perfect console. What say you?



Get Ready for a New Gaming Console... Maybe.

By: Aragrist Feb 10, 2011 | 12 Comments

Apple may be planning to enter the console market with their Apple TV turning it into a streaming gaming console.

I heard from MacRumors that some one has found code in the newest 4.3 Beta build of iOS that make several references to something called "ATVGames" and  "ATVThunder" that point to a controller of some sort. It also suggests leaderboards, multiplayer game scheduling and an Apple TV App Store.

Some are comparing its streaming gaming platform as similar to OnLive another streaming game service where games are streamed to you rather than stored locally on your device.

With what's been seen running on the new iOS gaming wise and the fact that the hardware is the same as that running in the iphone 4 and iPad, the Apple TV should be able to put out some really good games with visuals matching and even surpassing the Wii. Don't expect massive RPG's with lots of high end 1080p graphics but you should get some really nice 720p visuals.

The bigger question is how are you supposed to play games on a system that has no real control? I have an Apple TV and the remote may be able to be used as simple directional controller but it lacks a lot of what we are used to in a controller. I suppose if you used your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad as a controller you could costumize the controls for every game. But how about a stadard controller? It wouldn't be hard or expensive to simply release a gaming remote for the device and even link more than one to the Apple TV for multiplayer games.

iPad games should be able to make a direct jump to the Apple TV given they already have a higher resolution. But once again the controller for those games would have to mirror the touch screen of the iPad to make them playable. They could release a Wii-like controller to allow touch-like gestures on your tv but that would also require another sensor bar so I doubt they will go for that.

My guess is that if you have a touch iphon or ipad you will have access to games on the Apple TV when and if it goes console. $99 bucks for a console isnt bad either.

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