The gaming portion of Apple’s highly anticipated product announcement event was, of course, kicked off by gaming industry heavy weights and long time iPhone and iPod Touch developer Electronic Arts. With their highly successful franchise Need For Speed acting as somewhat of a benchmark for the iPhone and Mac’s in the past, it was fitting that this is the game they would choose to show of the gaming potential of the newly announced Apple iPad.
The first thing we noticed in the demo is truly how much better Need For Speed looked on the iPad in comparison to the iPhone and iPod Touch. “It’s like holding an HD screen up to your face.” Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the demo when it comes to the design and power of the iPad is the fully touch enabled multi-touch experience that is obviously quite enhanced in comparison to the iPhone and iPod Touch. For example, tapping the car in Need For Speed will bring you inside of the vehicle, while swiping up or down on the shifter will allow you to change gears. The framerate has also been reported as being “smooth”, which is obviously always a good thing. The ability for a much richer multi-touch experience with the 9.7-inch iPad screen is obvious, however it’s yet to be seen exactly how developers will take advantage.
Macworld reported a statement made by president of EA Peter Moore, when asked about the iPad before its release he said, “If it’s got a great screen, some buttons, you can turn it on and it connects to the Internet, it’s got the ability to be a games machine.” This is an obvious an attempt to keep on good terms with Apple as Electronic Arts will definitely be spearheading development of games on the iPad and have certainly already begun the process.
Macworld also reported, “The centre of gravity in gaming is moving away from the console to these other devices,” Bart Decrem, chief executive officer of Tapulous insisted. “We’re going to wake up a year from now and see that this is a very important part of gaming.”
With so many developers definitely switching gears from developing games specifically for iPhone and iPod Touch to the iPad in the coming months, this is definitely good news for the highly anticipated Apple device and its ability to, possibly, change the game!