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ipad vs ipod touch gaming

01-28-2010, 12:59 PM
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ipad vs ipod touch gaming

I'm curious about something. Since the resolution on the iPad has more than doubled and speed drastically improved from the iPod touch, does this mean that porting of console games such as Madden, NBA Live, FIFA and the likes will be much easier. It would seem that with these improvements, the only change needed when porting these games from a PS3 or X BOX to the iPad would be going from joystick to touch screen controls and that the graphics will no longer have to be scaled down, as they currently are on handheld devices. If this is true, then maybe this will open up a chance for all of the big name consoles titles to now show up on the app store and be released the same time as PS3 and X BOX versions. Perhaps, someone with more technical insight can comment on this. These are just my thoughts.


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01-28-2010, 01:41 PM
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The iPad is 1024x768, HD gaming is generally around 1280x720 so there's still some scaling down to do. From what I hear the iPad doesn't even support HD video, so HD gaming would probably blow it up.

It's in a dangerous area really, porting a 360 game down to the iPad would still take some work, in which case they might as well do what they do with the iPhone/PSP/DS and just create a separate game... but then if they make that separate game for those devices, they've still gotta up the resolution for the iPad, giving them more work than they need.

I think the most popular type of game we're gonna see is regular iPhone games being given a quick makeover with a higher resolution. Games made specifically for the iPad will be a lot rarer unless it somehow takes off in a big way.

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01-28-2010, 01:44 PM
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My understanding is that the new SDK will have "universal" setting options so that the same app can run on both the handhelds and the iPads.

I imagine that some apps will take special advantage of the larger screen, but I can't see too many; the developer would be concentrating on a new, small market while ignoring the millions and millions of iPods/iPhones already out there.
01-28-2010, 02:03 PM
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It's interesting to hear the take from game developers on this because obviously they're excited. But at the same time, outside of optimizing the graphics, many of the smaller dev shops who make the bulk of games for the iTunes are in a wait and see mode. It's a balancing act since they have limited resources and can't heavily invest dev dollars in the iPad until they see how it fares with the consumer market.

On the other hand, you're likely to see new control interfaces because of the flexibility of the touchscreen. This naturally opens up the ability to develop even more unique games. Whether this involves modifying existing PS or Nintendo titles or the development of new games remains to be seen. But it may make more sense from a dev standpoint to develop a new game from the ground up to better take advantage of the iPad. As always, only time will tell if this all pans out.
01-28-2010, 02:06 PM
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Console/PC gaming requires specs that are WAY beyond what we are talking about with the iPad. Think of the parts that go into making a gaming PC: dual or quad core processors each at 2000+ MHz, a separate graphics processor that costs as much as an iPod itself, gigs of ram, and a TON of bandwidth.

Even if somehow you could squeeze that kind of powerful hardware into a small package like an iPad, you wouldn't be able to keep it cool, and fed with enough juice to stay on for any length of time.

The best we could hope for is parity with current PSP/DS AAA titles.

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01-28-2010, 02:23 PM
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Nobody in his right mind would want to play ports of other consoles on this atrocity. One of the reasons why iPod Touch games have been fairly successful so far is because they are the definition of handheld gaming (anywhere, anytime). Now that's something that you can't say about the iPad. I'd laugh at the first person who I see playing Nova with an iPad.

This product is going to be a flop.

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01-28-2010, 02:30 PM
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It would fill the void of other games that are really hard to implement on the iphone, like RTS games. But I don't really see the appeal of this device to hardcore gamers, casual maybe but not hardcore. Also there are a lot of games that would lose its value once "ported" to a larger device.
01-28-2010, 04:07 PM
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Lame thread

There isn't going to be crap as far as games go for the ipad, it will be standard iPhone games like the ones we already have. Take the 3gs for example, they say that the 3gs is 10 times as powerfull as the 3g version and there really isn't anything available that uses that power yet and this summer we have the 4g coming out which is going to be stronger than the 3gs. I say screw the ipad and the 4g because I already got screwed when I went with my 3gs. There has been nothing for the 3gs so what makes people think they will make anything for these new products.
01-28-2010, 04:12 PM
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Hm... I would love to play Touchgrind on the iPad, but playing NOVA without using KB and mouse, only with dragging your fingers all over screen is not going to be easy/fun.

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01-28-2010, 04:15 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Derochea72 View Post
There isn't going to be crap as far as games go for the ipad, it will be standard iPhone games like the ones we already have. Take the 3gs for example, they say that the 3gs is 10 times as powerfull as the 3g version and there really isn't anything available that uses that power yet and this summer we have the 4g coming out which is going to be stronger than the 3gs. I say screw the ipad and the 4g because I already got screwed when I went with my 3gs. There has been nothing for the 3gs so what makes people think they will make anything for these new products.
well there has been some apps just made for the 3gs. they pop up on the app shopper from time to time.

chris.