Six iPhone 4S, iOS 5 Features That'll Impact Gaming
The App Store will never be the same.
Now that the iPhone's a respected gaming platform, fans eagerly anticipate new updates to improve the overall experience, and they received some great ones this week in the form of iPhone 4S and iOS 5.
Apple's latest device and operating system, when combined, allow video game developers to further realize their creative visions, as they take full advantage of the hardware and software to release cutting-edge titles.
We've already seen a glimpse of what talented designers can do in the form of Infinity Blade 2, the highly anticipated sequel from Epic Games and Chair Entertainment. Suffice to say, it has some of finest graphics we've seen on a portable.
The best part? That barely scratches the surface of what the future holds.
That said, here are the six most important iPhone 4S/iOS 5 features that'll impact gaming.
The A5 chip
Putting the same chip powering iPad 2 into iPhone 4S was a smart idea on Apple's part that has already paid dividends. The extra processing muscle will allow companies to increase the overall speed, downloading time even the graphics of their games, as seen in Firemint's soon to be released update for Real Racing 2, which adds enhanced road lighting, dynamic shadows and more polygons per car.
Game Center upgrade
Apple's central gaming hub will move one step closer to providing an Xbox Live quality experience, allowing users to post profile pictures, receive game recommendations and view new achievement scores.
Eight megapixel camera
Increased accuracy, face detection and reduced motion blur will allow select developers to release more engaging Augmented Reality games that merge the real and virtual worlds. Just remember to look up from the screen before crossing the street.
With iCloud, you'll be able to save your game and character profile on the iPhone 4S, then pick up right where you left off on iPad 2, or vice versa. In addition, game developers will make use of this feature to create exciting new modes. Case in point, Chair Entertainment's Infinity Blade 2, which comes with Clash Mob, a mode involving thousands of players.
Cables? We don't need no stinking cables. Thanks to AirPlay, we can stream whatever's on iPhone 4S to an HDTV via Apple TV. AirPlay Mirroring, meanwhile, lets others see whatever we're doing on the phone in real time.
Real Racing 2 will take full advantage of this in that aforementioned update, with streamed two and four-person multiplayer.
At the moment, no video games work in tandem with Apple's new personal assistant, but it's only a matter of time until someone hacks Siri and makes it do his or her bidding. Imagine playing a Mass Effect style game where you speak into the microphone to interact with different characters. It'll probably happen.
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