Epic: “It’s Quite Easy To Imagine A World Where iPad Is More Powerful Than A Console”

The New iPad is out on Friday, and with it brings the the usual rush of PR commentary and developer snippets.  First out of the block is Epic Games, with company president Mike Capps praising the platform’s strengths.

“Apple is definitely building their devices as if they care a lot about ‘triple-A’ games,” said Capps, speaking to Reuters. “It is quite easy to imagine a world where an iPad is more powerful than a home console, where it wirelessly talks to your TV and wirelessly talks to your controller and becomes your new console.”

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Epic’s Infinity Blade series is possibly the best representation of the visual power of the iPad when coupled with something like the Unreal Engine, but he’s not alone, with EA’s Frank Gibeau adding fuel to the fire.

“When the iPad gets to the processing power that’s equal to an Xbox 360 and it connects to a television, that’s no big deal to us,” he said. “We’ll put the game through the iPad and have it display through the television.”

They’re talking about adding a controller, of course, and running the thing through a TV.  That might ignore the real point of a tablet computer like the iPad, but it does show that, if Apple up the specs again for whatever’s around the corner, ‘proper’ console gaming won’t be all that far behind it.

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28 Comments

  1. Only side point and probably is irrelevant but if they are pricing the Ipad at £500, adding in the controller, “proper” games, peripherals and your HD cables and such like, it’s going to be the most expensive console ever made.

  2. So, the iPad might someday be more powerful than a home console and just connect to the TV and you can then play with a controller? Basically they’re saying the iPad might TURN INTO a home console at some point. What a bunch of PR bullcrap.

  3. To me the iPad could become more like a PC. The need to upgrade every year to play the latest game. The cost being higher than consoles for the hardware but cheaper games and developers never really getting the most out of the system because the goal posts are always changing due to yearly spec upgrades.

    I got my PS3 at launch and it was still less than an iPad and it hasn’t needed to be upgraded in the 5 years I’ve had it.

    • Tthink you have pretty much said it.

  4. But surely once they reach the processing power of the XBOX 360, we’ll be looking at the next gen consoles anyway. Or am I missing the point here?

  5. so the ipad is more powerful than an xbox right not the ps3? nothing will ever sway me to buy an apple product

  6. The iPad certainly has a lot of potential. I can see a time where devices like the iPad become the center of your digital life. Carrying it with you whilst your out, then coming home and docking it and connecting it to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Maybe even using the iPad as a touch screen keyboard and your smart phone as the mouse (sounds like something Apple could do).
    The problem with it replacing a traditional console lies with the controls, for it to widely adopted you would need physical controls. With this comes the issue of there needing to be a standard API for physical controls which all developers and manufacturers will adopt (lets face it, it’s not likely for Apple to release a standardized controller). There are a number of iOS controllers available now but none of them are widely adopted and certainly none of the big names devs support them.
    But who knows maybe touch screen controls will become the next big thing, after all it comes down to personal preference. I don’t really get along with gaming on a KB&M and much prefer a DS3, others will tell me that KB&M cannot be beaten. I also happen to get along ok with touch screen controls when a lot of people hate them with a passion.

    • I can’t say that I hate touch screen with a passion, but I certainly don’t prefer my gaming to be touch screen – It just doesn’t give you the same level of control as say a pad does, usually adding in touch ‘buttons’ just so you can play the damn thing on a touch device.

  7. Yeah, PR BS is damaging to my psychological health, i’m not going to read it :P

  8. but you could get a proper games console for a lot less than an ipad.

    and you’re not gonna be locked into a monopoly supplier.

    i mean if you’ve got to plug it into a tv and connect a controller somehow, you might as well spend half the money and buy a home console.

    • and ea would love it, absolutely no preowned sales.

  9. If or when the Ipad becomes more powerful then consoles, i doubt it will take over gaming due to it’s low cost market and i doubt that EA or Acti would be willing to sell their triple A titles for £1.

    Plus, the Ipad seems to only last a year so it wouldn’t be a viable platform to develop big games for due to the average amount of time it takes to develop a game and i think developers hate changing their game due to hardware.

    Also, i’ll stick to my button based and disc based PS3 because i’m old fashioned.*shakes fist at the younger folks*

  10. It’s also quite easy to make virtual buttons – that doesn’t make them real.
    Anyway, the Vita is pretty much already more powerful than a home console (the Wii ;)).

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