Yesterday (12th September) the iPhone 5 was announced, to the sound of deafening roars of a hyped up crowd, during the Apple keynote presentation. Now you gamers may be wondering what this has to do with you, but with the number of games and apps coming out via the android and the iOS systems, the games industry has had to sit up and take note, and take note they did, with games such as the classic GTA3 appearing on the iPad 3.
However, with the new iPhone being announced last night, portable games may become the new norm and consoles could fade into obscurity, or to the realms of “retro” games.
With a larger screen, the movies and games can now be viewed in widescreen, offering more visual awe to the consumers. With the “worlds most advanced display” the games are going to look just as good on the iPhone 5, as they do on your TV’s at home.
Also with the new chip installed with its 2x faster CPU and Graphics, it could mean that more and more advanced games will be coming to the system, no longer will Snake be the norm for mobile games. This could mean that more and more older games will be ported over to the smartphone and tablet, and in a couple of years’ time, main console games could be released on the latest smartphone. During the keynote they showed Real Racing 3, which utilises the new A6 chip, and the graphics (and let’s face it, everyone loves the lookers, personality is an added bonus) are near console standard already. Just imagine what could be developed when more developers get to spend more time with the chip.
With new features such as the “time-shifted” multiplayer, it makes multiplayer even better, as you don’t even need to be playing at the same time. Your mates could play the game earlier, and you could be playing the game that evening and you can still race them! This will mean that there are no more excuses to cut work to play with your mates! In all seriousness, it’s adding a new feature that is just not available in console gaming at this time. This is bad news for console gamers.
It’s not all bad news for consoles though because with a battery life of only 10 hours running the intense chip, the serious gamers aren’t going to want to have to go back and recharge constantly. Also with the next gen consoles just round the corner, the next iPhone may end up playing catch up in graphical terms.
With the new iPhone being released on September 21st, just over a week away, the death knell for games consoles could be closer than we previously thought. What do you guys think? Can you ever imagine playing Tekken or Skyrim on a smartphone whilst out and about, or do you think the new iPhone will only be a danger to the handheld consoles. Or do you think that it won’t be a danger at all?
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