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Which old iPads are still worth getting for gaming?

07-15-2015, 07:35 PM
#1
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Which old iPads are still worth getting for gaming?

im hoping to get an old iPad and would obviously like to use it for gaming, but I've never had an iPad before and have no idea which ones are still supported by the latest games.

Which ones are still worth getting?
07-15-2015, 08:09 PM
#2
I think that depends on the types of games you want to play. If you want to play games that are 3d and look pretty well then I wouldn't go for less than iPad 4th Generation and personally I wouldn't go less than iPad Air 1 because it supports metal. You have to consider the games of today, the past and the future. Keep in mind retina display didn't happen until 3rd generation iPad but I'd skip that model and just go for the 4th one at the least.

If you don't care much about 3d graphics then you can go as old as iPad 2 as it'll run Angry Birds and Clash of Clans with ease. I hope this helps answer your questions. An iPad 2 is a great casual gaming machine but don't expect it to run or look great with any solid 3d games.

07-15-2015, 09:38 PM
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I'll once again drop this link to benchmarks of iOS devices:
https://browser.primatelabs.com/ios-benchmarks

You can see the huge drop-off in power with the iPad 4 and older.

If you want to future-proof yourself, an iPad Mini 3+ will last you for a really, really long time. I don't see how any game would exclude those devices, for another couple of years.
In terms of frugality and price, I would recommend the iPad 4. You should be able to get it relatively cheap and so far I've only had one game that wouldn't play on it (Tales From Deep Space).

If you can afford it, go for the devices near the top of the list. Otherwise you're safe with an iPad 4th gen.



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07-15-2015, 11:10 PM
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I'm using ipad 4 for quite some time now and for gaming wise, it's pretty good so far. However, you may want to consider devices after ipad4 since the ios version is also a consideration for some games. Installing ios 8 on ipad 4 may not be snappy as you might expect. I personally do not know, since my ipad is using ios 7, and they say, it it ain't broke, don't fix it.

So depending on the types of games you like, you may need ios 8 on your device. For e.g., the latest Rodeo warhammer needs ios 8.
07-16-2015, 01:41 AM
#5
i would really suggest ipad air, just for that metal
07-16-2015, 02:07 AM
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You want an iPad Air minimum.

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07-16-2015, 05:00 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sapphire_neo View Post
You want an iPad Air minimum.
Seconding that, if you want to play games "for real". Air2 should be overkill for at least another year. I skipped upgrading from my Air1, because I don't have any games that push that far yet, and am not aware of any. Depending on how things develop, even the next generation (Air3 ?) might be skippable.
If you only play low-end stuff, even an iPad2 still works, like for the things my 4 year old son likes.
07-16-2015, 05:45 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nullzone View Post
Seconding that, if you want to play games "for real". Air2 should be overkill for at least another year. I skipped upgrading from my Air1, because I don't have any games that push that far yet, and am not aware of any. Depending on how things develop, even the next generation (Air3 ?) might be skippable.
If you only play low-end stuff, even an iPad2 still works, like for the things my 4 year old son likes.
It's isn't about playing games "for real". It's more that developers are slowly picking A7 as the minimum requirement, be it for the 64-bit architecture or Metal. Right now it's not a huge issue, but within 6 months anything below an iPad Air will find limited support in most games.

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07-16-2015, 11:57 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sapphire_neo View Post
It's isn't about playing games "for real". It's more that developers are slowly picking A7 as the minimum requirement, be it for the 64-bit architecture or Metal. Right now it's not a huge issue, but within 6 months anything below an iPad Air will find limited support in most games.
That's more or less what I meant, was writing in a bit of a rush.
For a lot, if not most, games I fully agree with you. But certain genres - like kids' games or, I don't know, hidden object games maybe? - I cannot imagine as making 64bit and/or Metal a requirement in the next year or so.
07-16-2015, 01:52 PM
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How is the iPad mini retina better then the iPad mini 3 in performance?