A new piece of tech called 'Metal' will improve iOS gaming to near console levels. Will iOS finally overtake the gaming market?
No not there yet to overtake but getting rapidly progressively better and better each time they do is a step closer...
I sincerely hope these companies push the tech further and more people get suckered into buying it. The people who buy new flagship phones are suckers who get to spend hundreds on hw and equal (if not more) on phone plans ... but they are advancing mobile technology at a fast rate. Ugh. I hate saying this but it's needed to advance the science. *spits* eww. *spits* ewwww (Is this what curroption tastes like?)
? Advancement requires money
Okay first off, most features that the iPhone 6 has were already in a Google Nexus 4 in 2012. Second, other than better camera and the Metal API, iPhones have been playing catchup since the iPhone 4S. (Metal API rant) Metal is a better API than Mantle and DX12 because like the PS4's modified OpenGL, Metal directly interacts with the hardware to provide the best performance from a system. Basically, tapping into the "metal" of the phone's system. The tech demos of Cryengine 4 and Unreal 4 are just about as good as a game seen on an 8th gen system. However, seeing Bioshock on iOS, mobile phones still have many years of catching up to match the power of home consoles. Also, market standards for mobile gamers are completely different from console gamers. This is something even Nintendo is admitting to. Ryse or Unreal Tournament aren't for Candy Crush or Flappy Bird players, and in few cases, vise versa. The investment in an iPhone 6 at this stage is investing into a better future to create a more "core" mobile gaming market than the overwhelming casual market it has now. Core gamers are more demanding to entertain than casual games and Apple is hoping the Metal API can draw developers to attract them.
It won't overtake the console market but as I have stated earlier these phones are improving at such a fast rate that we will definitely see current console graphics in the years to come.
And yet cellphone gaming still doesn't and will never have a place in the real video game industry. Cellphone games are for soccer moms or learning games for young children, it will never reach deep well thought out and designed gameplay or have thought out stories. It's not relevant and will never be relevant.
I rememebr standing in the arcades and people said the same thing about consoles
That last sentence is hilarious, hyperbolic, and absolutely stupid. Who the fuck would ever think "I wonder if some iPhone tech is gonna kill off consoles that have an install base of over 150 million gamers?"
Ohhh yeah baby , better specs than home console and close enough to some pcs . /s But how about making interesting games and stuff beyond candy rush saga , angry bird , and lousy to ok ports of snes or ps1 oldies ? When the world of mobile gameing , whatever amounts of money it generates , is going to have something more interest to hype than the likes of flappy bird , maybe i'll care
As strong as the PS360... well, we moved past those due to limitations, so no it will not overtake consoles by matching past Gen hardware.
always the same crap This will blow tour mind! With a pretty pre rendered demo on stage. In fact, just as step forward but c'mon up to 1000 bucks for just a dual core? Seriously?
Mobile gaming has it's perks, and it's great for what it is. The tech will improve no doubt, as does every other piece of technology. I just can't imagine being fully immersed on a 5-6" screen. Mobile gaming is meant to be just that, mobile. Bioshock on ios was terrible from what I saw. If you want to be fully immersed you more than likely need to be at home, at which point you're much better off on a console. Especially considering most flagship phones are more expensive than consoles anyhow.
With the advancements in processing and energy consumption plus game streaming, I can see modular phones with arrangeble controller schemes in the future and a line of phones supporting a big game platform. Mobile and handheld gaming are destined to each other since the birth of the online gaming era, it just need to be made right, the day will come.
That last setence was uncalled for saying that the i phone 6 might kill consoles is not right the i phone 6 only has 1gb ram while the ps4 has 8gb ram. Yea mobile will never kill consoles but the technololgy on these phones are improving but i dont thing it will pass consoles ever.
announce? really? it was announced MONTHS ago with iOS7 not this with iOS8 and the new iPhone...... they just talked about it again. nothing need about this. people seems to appove everything these days...
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