iPad 2 shows off its HDTV gaming prowess

Infinity Blade
Infinity Blade

With the launch of the iPad 2, Apple unveiled a new Digital AV adapter that takes content from your tablet device and lets you send it to your HDTV via HDMI. The dongle is compatible both the iPad and the iPad 2, but its functionality is boosted by Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX 543MP2 GPU on Apple’s second generation tablet device. While the original Apple iPad lets you stream videos and photos from your tablet to your HDTV, the iPad 2 lets you mirror content. Mirroring lets you send anything displayed on your tablet over to your HDTV. Mirrored content can include presentations, documents, photos and even games.

The folks over at TouchGen took a closer look at this mirroring functionality and were impressed with its capability. Games optimized for the second generation Apple iPad, like Infinity Blade and Real Racing 2, were ported to a 50-inch HDTV with surprising clarity and speed. They claim it is console quality and people would not know the game was coming from an Apple tablet instead of an Xbox 360 or PS 3. The only drawback is the 4:3 ratio of the tablet output that is letter-boxed on the large screen TV.

Thanks to some video work from TouchGen, you can check out these games in action below. With the souped up graphics and dual-core processor of this latest tablet offering, is Apple narrowing the gap between mobile gaming and console gaming?

[Via TouchGen]

  • Anonymous

    Never really thought about it like that. Makes sense.


  • Everyone was waiting eagerly and there have been a lot of rumours on Apple’s next generation iPad named as Apple iPad 2. Features like fast processer, built-in camera for video conferencing, voice command picture editing; automatically download good music by deleting bad ones, three axis gyroscope and light peak technology etc.

  • I really wish Apple releases some kind of controller and/or allow us to use third-party ones. I mean, mirroring is cool, but what is the use of it if you must be looking at the smaller touch-screen in your hands to play?

  • Ltdime07

    The Ipad is such a poor device for gaming. I mean, wheres the joypad? I want that sensation of pushing a button, pulling a trigger, like i’m really holding a AK47 in my hand. And as for sound…wheres the stereo? What is the point of HD with no stereo sound? These apple fanboys are seriously DELUDED!! Steve Jobs arse kissers!!

  • This is really good article to read about the game on iPad. I am also missing game pad while playing big games on iPad. This is true that iPad has lots of game to play but hardcore gamer need physical button to play game which is absence in iPad,

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