• Author arn
  • Posted On2008-11-12 13:05:28
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Apple is continuing to recognize the gaming potential of the iPhone and iPod Touch and seems to be increasingly positioning it as a mobile gaming alternative.

Apple's Vice President of Hardware Product Marketing Greg Joswiak was recently interviewed by Stuff.tv and suggested that there is a lot of potential for iPhone and iPod Touch gaming:

I think you're going to see a wide variety (of games on the App Store). And they range all the way from casual to big time action games. This is where we are, less than four months into it. Squint your eyes and imagine where we will be in six months time, or a year. The graphics capablity is greater than the DS, we have multitouch, the screen is larger and there's an accelerometer. And we have the App Store. I think it's the future of gaming.

Even more significantly, a Wall Street Journal article quotes Apple's CEO Steve Jobs about the mobile gaming market:

"I think the iPhone and iPod touch may emerge as really viable devices in the mobile games market this holiday season," said Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive and co-founder, in an interview.

The WSJ article reports that over a quarter of the App Store's 200 million apps distributed were games. A few notable iPhone developers are quoted, but the most revealing quote comes from id Software's John Carmack who reports that they are working on two iPhone games at this time.

Carmack had previously revealed in July that they were working on one exclusive title for the iPhone, but little has since been heard about the project. id Software is the developer who has been responsible for the Doom and Quake franchises.

  • matt

    the iPhone needs a damn controller already. then it could really compete with the other devices and become a viable gaming platform. the other devices will get game stores soon and all that.

  • matt

    the iPhone needs a damn controller already. then it could really compete with the other devices and become a viable gaming platform. the other devices will get game stores soon and all that.

  • Phoenixfury

    Sith Lord Jobs waves his hands "The accelerometer and touch screen are all you need for a superior gaming experience."

  • Phoenixfury

    Sith Lord Jobs waves his hands "The accelerometer and touch screen are all you need for a superior gaming experience."

  • AJ

    "The graphics capablity is greater than the DS,"

    The graphics capablity is greater than the DS my a**! So far the games available for the iPhone have been trumped (graphics wise) by those of the DS. I know there aren't that many great looking games for the DS but those that do look great, they look better than this. I'm not saying that the iPhones a bad platform for gaming (far from it) but, Apple, thats streching the truth a bit there!

  • AJ

    "The graphics capablity is greater than the DS,"

    The graphics capablity is greater than the DS my a**! So far the games available for the iPhone have been trumped (graphics wise) by those of the DS. I know there aren't that many great looking games for the DS but those that do look great, they look better than this. I'm not saying that the iPhones a bad platform for gaming (far from it) but, Apple, thats streching the truth a bit there!

  • RaiderRich721

    What about the battery life? You need better for a mobile gaming device in my opinion. My fast draining battery makes me want to leave the iphone gaming alone altogether!

  • NotYou

    @AJ

    Despite what any of the games have looked like so far, the iPhone really does have greater graphics ability than the DS.

    http://toucharcade.com/2008/07/07/under-the-hood-the-iphones-gaming-mettle/

  • RaiderRich721

    What about the battery life? You need better for a mobile gaming device in my opinion. My fast draining battery makes me want to leave the iphone gaming alone altogether!

  • NotYou

    @AJ

    Despite what any of the games have looked like so far, the iPhone really does have greater graphics ability than the DS.

    http://toucharcade.com/2008/07/07/under-the-hood-the-iphones-gaming-mettle/

  • K

    The executive said "graphics capability"...considering it's such a new platform, it's no wonder there's a limited amount of graphically pleasing games on the store. Give it time, and we'll see some real gems!

  • K

    The executive said "graphics capability"...considering it's such a new platform, it's no wonder there's a limited amount of graphically pleasing games on the store. Give it time, and we'll see some real gems!

  • SalsaMD

    @AJ

    Wrt to graphics, one speaks of potential, not what has been done so far. They are at least comparable, with the iphone having an edge wrt 3D.

    See:

    http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Various/iPhone/feature.asp?c=8609

  • SalsaMD

    @AJ

    Wrt to graphics, one speaks of potential, not what has been done so far. They are at least comparable, with the iphone having an edge wrt 3D.

    See:

    http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Various/iPhone/feature.asp?c=8609

  • vandy1997

    All that the iPhone/iPod touch would need to be a killer gaming device is an accessory that would add controller buttons and a battery add-on. That could be done in one accessory that could be removed when you don't need it or when you are not going to be playing a game for an extended period of time. This is definitely possible, and it would make the Apple device a strong contender. With respect to great graphics, it's only a matter of time until big-name developers begin to sell games with exceptional graphics specifically for the iPhone/iPod touch. Of course, the prices of those games will have to exceed $10. Possibly between $15 to $20 apiece. That should provide the developers with enough funds if the app is really polished and plenty of users purchase it.

  • vandy1997

    All that the iPhone/iPod touch would need to be a killer gaming device is an accessory that would add controller buttons and a battery add-on. That could be done in one accessory that could be removed when you don't need it or when you are not going to be playing a game for an extended period of time. This is definitely possible, and it would make the Apple device a strong contender. With respect to great graphics, it's only a matter of time until big-name developers begin to sell games with exceptional graphics specifically for the iPhone/iPod touch. Of course, the prices of those games will have to exceed $10. Possibly between $15 to $20 apiece. That should provide the developers with enough funds if the app is really polished and plenty of users purchase it.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @AJ: The iPhone's hardware is dramatically more capable than the DS. It has a faster processor than the PSP, as well - and that's at its current, underclocked, 412MHz. The PSP's GPU is likely more powerful than the iPhone's, but the iPhone is no slouch.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @AJ: The iPhone's hardware is dramatically more capable than the DS. It has a faster processor than the PSP, as well - and that's at its current, underclocked, 412MHz. The PSP's GPU is likely more powerful than the iPhone's, but the iPhone is no slouch.

  • gnadenlos

    To be a gaming device the iPhone needs buttons. I really don't know why Apple missed the opportunity to add at least 2 buttons. It would have been no problem to move the home button to the top-right corner and add 3 similar buttons on the other corners. That way we would have 2 accessible buttons in normal and widescreen mode without changing the size or design of the iPhone.

    Even better would be some kind of steering cross and buttons, but that could be to much for a smart phone. Maybe a slightly larger gamer-edition (for regular gamers) and an addon for normal iPhones (for occasional gamers) would be a valid solution for that problem.

    My guess is that the main feature of the next iPhone will be a solution for that problem.

  • gnadenlos

    To be a gaming device the iPhone needs buttons. I really don't know why Apple missed the opportunity to add at least 2 buttons. It would have been no problem to move the home button to the top-right corner and add 3 similar buttons on the other corners. That way we would have 2 accessible buttons in normal and widescreen mode without changing the size or design of the iPhone.

    Even better would be some kind of steering cross and buttons, but that could be to much for a smart phone. Maybe a slightly larger gamer-edition (for regular gamers) and an addon for normal iPhones (for occasional gamers) would be a valid solution for that problem.

    My guess is that the main feature of the next iPhone will be a solution for that problem.

  • Barry Ward (aka wastedyuthe)

    @AJ
    I take it you haven't seen the NFS footage? The short demo shown beat anything the DS can do by miles.

    @Matt
    I know what you are saying about a controller add-on. But I am unsure if I would want one. I mean, I don't want to have to keep connecting it every time I want to play something. And what happens if you get a call? You wouldn't want a d-pad sticking in your ear would you?

  • Barry Ward (aka wastedyuthe)

    @AJ
    I take it you haven't seen the NFS footage? The short demo shown beat anything the DS can do by miles.

    @Matt
    I know what you are saying about a controller add-on. But I am unsure if I would want one. I mean, I don't want to have to keep connecting it every time I want to play something. And what happens if you get a call? You wouldn't want a d-pad sticking in your ear would you?

  • hmmm

    @AJ
    Hi :/ lol getting too much replies for this guy

  • hmmm

    @AJ
    Hi :/ lol getting too much replies for this guy

  • http://www.thenetworkgarden.com Mark Sigal

    Clearly, the sweet spot for iPhone/iPod touch (relative to the dedicated consoles) are casual gamers, and everyone at some point of the day/week/month has a casual moment for which gaming is the antidote.

    Plus, specifically because gaming is just one of the tasks that consumers use their iPhone/iPod touch for, the device is never far from their clutches – and their (virtual) pocketbook.

    I see this truth play out several times a day, EVERY DAY, when my three and six year old sons ask if they can use my iPod to…play games, listen to music, view our photo albums, watch YouTube videos, use their favorite drawing program, etc.

    It's the classic low-end disruptor (Innovator's Dilemma-speak), something that I blogged about in:

    Apple’s Mobile Gaming Gold Rush
    http://thenetworkgarden.com/weblog/2008/11/apples-mobile-g.html

    Check it out if interested.

  • http://www.thenetworkgarden.com Mark Sigal

    Clearly, the sweet spot for iPhone/iPod touch (relative to the dedicated consoles) are casual gamers, and everyone at some point of the day/week/month has a casual moment for which gaming is the antidote.

    Plus, specifically because gaming is just one of the tasks that consumers use their iPhone/iPod touch for, the device is never far from their clutches – and their (virtual) pocketbook.

    I see this truth play out several times a day, EVERY DAY, when my three and six year old sons ask if they can use my iPod to…play games, listen to music, view our photo albums, watch YouTube videos, use their favorite drawing program, etc.

    It's the classic low-end disruptor (Innovator's Dilemma-speak), something that I blogged about in:

    Apple’s Mobile Gaming Gold Rush
    http://thenetworkgarden.com/weblog/2008/11/apples-mobile-g.html

    Check it out if interested.

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    What's the screen resolution on a DS; 200 x 112?

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    What's the screen resolution on a DS; 200 x 112?

  • majordude

    I just want (a good) Madden 2010 or NCAA Football 2010 on my iPhone and then I can die a happy man.

  • majordude

    I just want (a good) Madden 2010 or NCAA Football 2010 on my iPhone and then I can die a happy man.

  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    @Galley: 256x192 on each screen.

  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    @Galley: 256x192 on each screen.

  • TJ

    Look, he said capability, the iPhone undoubtedly has better graphics CAPABILITY then the DS hands down. But the fact is that so far no one has made a game with better graphocs than the DS. But the DS doesn't have ability to play movies. But the iPhone has less battery life. The point is both have ups and downs. i think the iPhone has much better potential and is better over all, apple just has to upgrade the iPhones processor, and get people to make some games that can show its full potential.

  • TJ

    Look, he said capability, the iPhone undoubtedly has better graphics CAPABILITY then the DS hands down. But the fact is that so far no one has made a game with better graphocs than the DS. But the DS doesn't have ability to play movies. But the iPhone has less battery life. The point is both have ups and downs. i think the iPhone has much better potential and is better over all, apple just has to upgrade the iPhones processor, and get people to make some games that can show its full potential.

  • http://3pmstudios.com 3pm studios

    I think it is an amazing gaming device. I wouldn't be surprised if in the next few years that you see more and more kids with an iPod Touch instead of a Nitendo DS.

    I recently developed a mix-and-match game based on my preschool son Henry as one of the lead characters. I'm not a professional developer or big company. I am just a mom who wanted to make a game that my three year old son Henry and his preschool pal Hailey could play. I know that my son Henry and his preschool pals love playing on the iPhone.

  • http://3pmstudios.com 3pm studios

    I think it is an amazing gaming device. I wouldn't be surprised if in the next few years that you see more and more kids with an iPod Touch instead of a Nitendo DS.

    I recently developed a mix-and-match game based on my preschool son Henry as one of the lead characters. I'm not a professional developer or big company. I am just a mom who wanted to make a game that my three year old son Henry and his preschool pal Hailey could play. I know that my son Henry and his preschool pals love playing on the iPhone.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    All said and done, I really hope the 3rd Gen iPhone would be more powerful so that better 3D games could be played especially my fav kind of genre - FPS!

    I don't really care about D-pad or whatever. I don't like to carry extras when I'm out and about. I hope they can design better battery too for that matter. Frankly, I'm already happy with my iPhone and the apps and games so far. I know Apple will improved on it for long time coming. I'm already planning to get the 3rd gen iPhone if ever it coming out once my 2 years contract is up!

    Hail to Steve Jobs!

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    All said and done, I really hope the 3rd Gen iPhone would be more powerful so that better 3D games could be played especially my fav kind of genre - FPS!

    I don't really care about D-pad or whatever. I don't like to carry extras when I'm out and about. I hope they can design better battery too for that matter. Frankly, I'm already happy with my iPhone and the apps and games so far. I know Apple will improved on it for long time coming. I'm already planning to get the 3rd gen iPhone if ever it coming out once my 2 years contract is up!

    Hail to Steve Jobs!

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  • http://www.tuz.web.tr/ tuz

    The executive said "graphics capability"...considering it's such a new platform, it's no wonder there's a limited amount of graphically pleasing games on the store. Give it time, and we'll see some real gems!

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