iPad 2 steers itself into home console gaming territory with Real Racing 2 HD

If console gaming and handheld gaming got together and collaborated to produce something awesome, this would likely be one of the first real tests of that relationship. So you've got a nice HDTV at home for your console gaming needs, except your console's stuck in your electronics cabinet or stand with a stack of game discs lying nearby. You've also got a mobile phone or a tablet to bring with you on the go, so you can play some racing game on the subway while a few of your fellow commuters looks at you with an odd stare.

What about the best of both? You'd like your games to go with you, but you prefer a large screen to game on, and you'd rather do it all in the privacy of your own home. If these are your wishes, check this out:

A teaser posted on Australian developer Firemint's blog demonstrates an upcoming update to their iPad 2 racing game, Real Racing 2 HD. The new addition here is taking advantage of 1080p output support offered by iPad 2. But instead of simply mirroring the image from the iPad 2 to the television, the action is shown on-screen and the iPad 2's display shows statistics and an overview map. In essence, the iPad 2 is the (informative) steering wheel of a gaming console.

We'd imagine other racing games appearing on the iPad 2 may choose to do away with the map and replace it with a realistic dashboard, complete with an animated steering wheel, gears, pedals, an instrumentation panel, and a honkable horn.

For now, the real downside of this arrangement is finding a long enough HDMI cable to string your HDTV and iPad 2 together. In addition, HDMI cables are far thicker than ordinary controller cables for gaming consoles. Perhaps a wireless solution should be in Apple's pipeline in the near future.

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This seems like a desperate attempt to make the iPad2 cool. It is already a fairly 'cool' device, there is no reason to cheapen it by using it for crap that is completely ridiculous.

If someone is at home, why use low performing expense device made for portabilitiy? If you can afford an iPad2, I would bet you could afford a couple hundred bucks for an XBox or PS3 or even $300 for a cheap PC. - All of which have several generations of graphics quality beyond the iPad2. Seriously, go to Walmart or Frys, find a PC for about $300 and hook it up to your TV. (You can even buy a video card with wireless HDMI and not have to even put the computer in the same room.)

Yet we have people calling 10 year old graphics upscaled on a 1080p screen, 'sweet' and 'awesome' - and people are even comparing the quality to PC gaming titles, which is borderline crazy unless you haven't seen recent PC games.

Why do people see this as progress?

I don't seem the same fans drooling over the ZuneHD several years ago. Nor do I seem them drooling over WP7, that can run circles around an iPhone4, iPad, and iPad2 graphically, especially when it comes to games and the 3D feature set that is far beyond the iOS OpenGL capabilities.

If this is what you call cool or sweet, you need to maybe consider looking outside of the Apple world; as modern PC games are using graphical features that are not even possible on OS X even with the fastest Mac. (And I won't list through the DX10 and DX11 technologies that do not exist in OpenGL, because if this is something you find interesting, you would learn more by investigating it yourself.)

People have been hooking up netbooks to their TVs for what 4 or 5 years now, and even using the built in accelerometers for joystick input or plugging in a real motion sensing joystick. This is really not new.

And now that the iPad2 has 1080 output, the world has changed, even though it has been common in the world for several years?

What is new here?

Dual display gaming - Nope.
Motion controlled gaming - Nope.
Portable device Computer Gaming - Nope.
Tablets with 1080p output - Nope.
Apple finding a way to reintroduce old concepts because of consumer ignorance - Yep.

If more people knew what technology is common, instead of just the headlines on the Internet news and web sites, they would probably be extremely shocked, and also find something like this kind of sad, and embarrasing for Apple.

Simon said,
10 year old graphics, upscaled to 1080p?

Do you remember 2001?

Clearly, he doesn't. He's a hater
But he raises some valid points.
Apple iDevices can't compete with the graphics potential of the modern era graphics cards

I'm laughing at all the comments on Mac Rumors saying that Microsoft and Sony should be shaking in their boots because Apple is going to dominate the games console Market.

Benjy91 said,
I'm laughing at all the comments on Mac Rumors saying that Microsoft and Sony should be shaking in their boots because Apple is going to dominate the games console Market.
Because they probably will noticed Apple seems to be on a trend lately? with the exclusion of the PC market, Apple is dominating just about all the markets they have products in That is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

EDIT: The argument that the i[insert name] can't hold a candle to the Xbox 360/PS3/decent gaming PC doesn't really stick, because neither could the Wii and yet it's top dog in the gaming market

Edited by Xerxes, Mar 28 2011, 9:50am :

I use a Logitech Momo Racing Wheel to play the racing games on my HDTV .. i guess we can compare the iPad 2 with a racing wheel based on the accelerometer in this case

The Nintendo DS is probably one of the best if not he best handheld gaming console in the world ATM. Imagine if/when Apple can figure out to do this wirelessly. It's gonna be a game changer

Now, keep in mind that the Apple TV will *probably* be updated to the same hardware as the iPad 2. Give that thing an app store, make a controller for an iPhone/iPod touch (via wifi or bluetooth), and you've got a viable $99 gaming console, with a lot of games on the app store only needing some tweaking to run on a TV

Simon said,
Now, keep in mind that the Apple TV will *probably* be updated to the same hardware as the iPad 2. Give that thing an app store, make a controller for an iPhone/iPod touch (via wifi or bluetooth), and you've got a viable $99 gaming console, with a lot of games on the app store only needing some tweaking to run on a TV

Except it sure as hell wont be $99/£Over 9000!

So long as the games going on Apple TV are at bare minimum those designed for the iPad.

I can't imagine how bad it would be to play pre-Retina display iOS games on a 1080p screen. Well, it's somewhat better than playing monochrome Gameboy games on a 1080p screen - yes, a friend did that once. It was a bit horrifying.

This is the same as the Game Boy Advance-Gamecube Link Cable, the DS' connections with the Wii, & that WP7+Kinect stuff that's coming eventually...

MASTER260 said,
This is the same as the Game Boy Advance-Gamecube Link Cable, the DS' connections with the Wii, & that WP7+Kinect stuff that's coming eventually...

Actually, I sorta take that back. There's no console.

Um, can a PS3 "6 axis" controller not already do pretty much this, minus the bulk of a freaking iPad, the annoyance of a (thick) cable, and with longer battery life on the controller?

I guess I just don't get it. Nifty that it's possible, sure, but probably the most impractical and flat out silly thing I've seen an iPad do.

kansanian said,
Um, can a PS3 "6 axis" controller not already do pretty much this, minus the bulk of a freaking iPad, the annoyance of a (thick) cable, and with longer battery life on the controller?

What a **** comparison. Um, can the Sixaxis controller act as the console too? Remember that the iPad 2 is acting as both the console & controller.

Could you take a Sixaxis controller to your friend's house and play a racing game on his TV? No. (Assuming he/she hasn't got a PS3, of course.)
Could you take an iPad 2 with its cables and play a racing game on his TV? Now you can.

Edited by Manish, Mar 27 2011, 12:10am :

Manish said,

What a **** comparison. Um, can the Sixaxis controller act as the console too? Remember that the iPad 2 is acting as both the console & controller.

sigh. so because the iPad is being used as a controller and a console it should get a pass for having a cumbersome oversized input device for gaming? would you think a wii with a nunchuk duct taped to it's side was so awesome? how about if I drew a f'n apple on it.

twist said,

sigh. so because the iPad is being used as a controller and a console it should get a pass for having a cumbersome oversized input device for gaming? would you think a wii with a nunchuk duct taped to it's side was so awesome? how about if I drew a f'n apple on it.

omgdon't you see that the iPad it's not made exclusively for gaming? even with that in mind the iPad 2 can do that, something that is awesome for a tablet so thin, yes, the HDMI cable it's big, but it's ok for something that it's not made exclusively for gaming, while PS3 and WII is

ADSfull said,
omgdon't you see that the iPad it's not made exclusively for gaming? even with that in mind the iPad 2 can do that, something that is awesome for a tablet so thin, yes, the HDMI cable it's big, but it's ok for something that it's not made exclusively for gaming, while PS3 and WII is

so something that costs 2 or 3 times the price of a console and more then an ok desktop can play a game that rivals something on the psx. color me f'n amazed!
if this article was about the wii being used for word processing but the interface was complete crap and you had to use the nunchuck to type would you say "it's a console, it's not made for typing, derp derp derp!" I doubt it.

twist said,

so because the iPad is being used as a controller and a console it should get a pass for having a cumbersome oversized input device for gaming?

Yes, I agree that it would be a slightly cumbersome controller for some games, especially with the wires. The point, however, was that comparing a Sixaxis controller to an iPad 2 is ridiculous. Read the post I replied to then read my reply. Is it slowly making more sense now?

would you think a wii with a nunchuk duct taped to it's side was so awesome?

Nope. Why would I? Did you just assume that I thought this feature of the iPad 2 was awesome?

how about if I drew a f'n apple on it.

*Sigh*

Edited by Manish, Mar 27 2011, 2:24pm :

twist said,

so something that costs 2 or 3 times the price of a console and more then an ok desktop can play a game that rivals something on the psx. color me f'n amazed!
if this article was about the wii being used for word processing but the interface was complete crap and you had to use the nunchuck to type would you say "it's a console, it's not made for typing, derp derp derp!" I doubt it.

Couldn't have said it better myself...

XCalvin said,
wow, the iPad is now a Wii!

Just what the Wii is only SD; NO HD.

The problem is the cable HDMI, it's kinda uncomfortable.

I just need and iPad 2! After 2 weeks still hard to get one, i'm too lazy to wake up early to make line.

ahhell said,

Not even close.

Motion sensing controlls... pretty close to me, only thing that is missing is object tracking to see where the "controller" is in the view.... the graphics quality isn't the comparison, its what its doing is what is similar

finally,apple is slowly approaching to the gaming world. iPad 2 is indeed a gamer changer with all those improvement and take it further by taking advantage all the great stuff. Android doesn't show much aggressive in the tablet..instead showing off their new UI like something different from iOS..but wait!! Which device use flash storage? Which Platform got the most apps? Which hardware got the best design? iPad 2+ iOS achieve most of that. Just telling the fact..and the future is retina display for the episode 3 of iPad! Take That !

Priceless90 said,
finally,apple is slowly approaching to the gaming world. iPad 2 is indeed a gamer changer with all those improvement and take it further by taking advantage all the great stuff. Android doesn't show much aggressive in the tablet..instead showing off their new UI like something different from iOS..but wait!! Which device use flash storage? Which Platform got the most apps? Which hardware got the best design? iPad 2+ iOS achieve most of that. Just telling the fact..and the future is retina display for the episode 3 of iPad! Take That !

Priceless by name, priceless in nature. All mobile devices use flash storage, and "best design" is relative

Subject Delta said,

Priceless by name, priceless in nature. All mobile devices use flash storage, and "best design" is relative

Not really...

Priceless90 said,

Not really...

Yes, really. "Best" anything is relative to the user/viewer. Everything you stated in your post was opinion and your opinion is hardly "fact".

Priceless90 said,
finally,apple is slowly approaching to the gaming world. iPad 2 is indeed a gamer changer with all those improvement and take it further by taking advantage all the great stuff. Android doesn't show much aggressive in the tablet..instead showing off their new UI like something different from iOS..but wait!! Which device use flash storage? Which Platform got the most apps? Which hardware got the best design? iPad 2+ iOS achieve most of that. Just telling the fact..and the future is retina display for the episode 3 of iPad! Take That !

This post was brought to you by Apple.

lostmongoose said,

Yes, really. "Best" anything is relative to the user/viewer. Everything you stated in your post was opinion and your opinion is hardly "fact".

YAYA..you're right..in can't do anything rather than criticising what's call fact..this is the best of you..proud of it!!! I'm just saying the advantage of a product that is more than what you get and you're telling me head to toe about ignoring the fact..good for you!!

lflashl said,
WTF in all the other shot you dont see full screen iPad output! please explain?

Huh? You mean when using other apps? By default the iPad mirrors what's on the device's screen to the TV, meaning by definition it has to be 4:3. The app developer can override that though and have something different show on the external display than what's on the internal display. In that case they can deliver content up to 1080p.

Stetson said,

Huh? You mean when using other apps? By default the iPad mirrors what's on the device's screen to the TV, meaning by definition it has to be 4:3. The app developer can override that though and have something different show on the external display than what's on the internal display. In that case they can deliver content up to 1080p.

oh ok, i understand, the default is 4:3, but if you write a app then you can use 1080 nice to know. thanks

lflashl said,

oh ok, i understand, the default is 4:3, but if you write a app then you can use 1080 nice to know. thanks

Yep! That's how it works.

Awesome! Real Racing 2 on the iPhone/iPod touch is epic (and what GTPSP should of been in my honest opinion) and I can only imagine how good this version is and they are based in my home city of Melbourne, Australia

Xerxes said,
Awesome! Real Racing 2 on the iPhone/iPod touch is epic (and what GTPSP should of been in my honest opinion) and I can only imagine how good this version is and they are based in my home city of Melbourne, Australia

Just had a look at Real Racing 2 for iPhone/iPod touch, and I must say this game resembles NFS Shift on the PC and console much more than the actual NFS Shift for iOS!

Hfric said,

"should of" been?
Yes, "should of" been. GTPSP was a huge let down for me; no proper cockpit cam, no proper career mode, only 4 car grid etc. While I understand the concept of GTPSP being a game that you just pickup and have a quick game and put it down again it just didn't really work for me. Real Racing 2 proves you can have a decent mobile car racing game that looks good and has a reasonable career mode. While I know GTPSP was restricted by the PSP's aging hardware, I just feel it could of been alot more then what it was. That is my 2 cents take with a grain of salt.

Xerxes said,
Yes, "should of" been. GTPSP was a huge let down for me; no proper cockpit cam, no proper career mode, only 4 car grid etc. While I understand the concept of GTPSP being a game that you just pickup and have a quick game and put it down again it just didn't really work for me. Real Racing 2 proves you can have a decent mobile car racing game that looks good and has a reasonable career mode. While I know GTPSP was restricted by the PSP's aging hardware, I just feel it could of been alot more then what it was. That is my 2 cents take with a grain of salt.
http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/shouldhave/menu.php

Jebadiah said,
Why didn't they name it 3D or 5D? LOL It's only HD.

I don't get it. Didn't you just answer your own question?

That's been a standard convention in the Apple App Store to separate iPad apps from the iPhone/iPod counterparts......nothing new here.

Jebadiah said,
Why didn't they name it 3D or 5D? LOL It's only HD.

LMAO based on what you just said, i can only assume that you dont know what 'HD', '3D' or '5D' even means xD