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Submitted by Cookiebex 47d ago | opinion piece

Is BioShock's Arrival on iOS the Start of A Host of PS3/360 Ports?

2K games, one of the famous subsidiaries of development giant Take-Two Interactive - who has already managed to bring the enormous Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to iOS - has announced an App Store port of it's critically and commercially lauded first-person shooter BioShock. (2K Games, BioShock, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, iPad, Mobile, PS3, Xbox 360, XCOM: Enemy Unknown)

Cookiebex  +   48d ago
How could this be a bad thing I say. If I can play great games on all my devices (console,PC,mobile) the world is a happier place.
SlappingOysters  +   48d ago
I think this is a massive announcement. If they can start bringing full 3D atmospheric experience like this from only a few years back to iPad, that's a huge hit for the console makers.
Cookiebex  +   48d ago
True. From a consumer perspective though, more competition means greater product range and quality. This is just going to push console game development into a far superior place, a place where iOS might not be able to venture. If that means we get great games with the great graphics of the older console models retiring on mobile platforms, happy days.
SlappingOysters  +   48d ago
I guess the big unknown is how much the downloadable titles on XBLA and PSN are adding to the wallets of everyone involved. If Apple starts eating into that...
coyote_hunter  +   47d ago
I agree with the above discussion but I think developers need to be really savvy about the games they port. Games with semi complex control schemes aren't going to make the transition to mobile devices well. Bioshock should be ok, being a fairly straight forward shooter. But even ports of other games - like GTA - aren't particularly easy to play on my iPad.
SlappingOysters  +   47d ago
Did you see that Skylanders iOS announcement - they are packaging the game with an MFi controller. Maybe that is an option?
shipnabottle  +   47d ago
This sort of thing will really open up when iOS migrates to TVs via Apple TV + controllers. At that point I think we'll see Apple being a serious contender in the micro console space (the only contender?) and developers will be clamouring over each other with ports and new IP

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