While the Apple A4 processor and higher resolution screen of the iPhone 4 will be fantastic for gamers, what likely will cause the biggest splash in future game development is the addition of the electronic gyroscope buried inside of the device. This additional orientation sensor will likely add a similar dimension to gameplay as the Wii Motion Plus, an addon that also utilizes a gyroscope for incredibly accurate motion tracking.

While on stage during the keynote today, Steve Jobs showed a brief demonstration with a Jenga game that was able to rotate the stack of blocks while utilizing the gyroscope in addition to the accelerometers. When only using the accelerometers like games on today's devices use, rotating the stack of blocks worked, and was fairly precise, but once the gyroscope was enabled the difference was remarkable.

Here is a brief video of the gyroscope portion of the keynote, the quality is mediocre but you can easily see how the phone is able to track Steve's various movements then translate it to the game world:

The game that immediately sticks out to me that would benefit the most from this extra degree of control would be a game like Zen Bound [$2.99 / Free], as I imagine manipulating the objects you wrap could be even easier with yet another degree of control. It's not hard to think of other games that could be enhanced by the extremely precise motion tracking, especially if you've ever used a Wii Motion Plus and have seen just how much the addition of a gyroscope can improve how accurately a game can track your movement.

Like anything on the App Store, it's up to developers to implement these new features. All we can do is wait and see what they come up with once they finally get the device in their hands.

  • http://thunderclaww.blogspot.com/ Thunderclaw

    I don't think that many developers will use it right away, for most of the people will be using devices without the gyroscope. So they'd be putting in more effort for a smaller audience.

    Although Doodle Jump on a tower type thing would be really cool.

  • http://thunderclaww.blogspot.com/ Thunderclaw

    I don't think that many developers will use it right away, for most of the people will be using devices without the gyroscope. So they'd be putting in more effort for a smaller audience.

    Although Doodle Jump on a tower type thing would be really cool.

  • SalsaMD

    well if the app could sense whether the gyroscope was present, the devs could simple have it as an in-game option to toggle on/off. This way the game could cater to all idevices.

  • SalsaMD

    well if the app could sense whether the gyroscope was present, the devs could simple have it as an in-game option to toggle on/off. This way the game could cater to all idevices.

  • BdragonST

    Whoever said the Gizmodo's 4th gen Iphone was fake(found in bar) sound retarded now since it looks exactly like the one showed there..

    • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      I think we all knew it was real. If anyone was "retarded," it was Gizmodo, who had the thing in their hands and took it apart, and managed to miss nearly all if the features that make this new phone unique.

      The vast majority of iPhone users won't have a gyro, so I doubt we will see big time support of this new gimmick for a while. Good to see Apple still innovating and I'm going to do my best to get one of these as soon as i can.

      • Sookie

        Ultimate retard was the guy who left the phone at the bar. Good luck finding a job dude.

    • fdsafd

      Um, no. the guy who found the found and sold it to Gizmodo is the real retard. It's not his property and that's considered theft. Powell still works for Apple and he has experience. Hogan is just some thug and having a Job is going to be the least of his worries. idiot.

  • BdragonST

    Whoever said the Gizmodo's 4th gen Iphone was fake(found in bar) sound retarded now since it looks exactly like the one showed there..

    • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      I think we all knew it was real. If anyone was "retarded," it was Gizmodo, who had the thing in their hands and took it apart, and managed to miss nearly all if the features that make this new phone unique.

      The vast majority of iPhone users won't have a gyro, so I doubt we will see big time support of this new gimmick for a while. Good to see Apple still innovating and I'm going to do my best to get one of these as soon as i can.

      • Sookie

        Ultimate retard was the guy who left the phone at the bar. Good luck finding a job dude.

    • fdsafd

      Um, no. the guy who found the found and sold it to Gizmodo is the real retard. It's not his property and that's considered theft. Powell still works for Apple and he has experience. Hogan is just some thug and having a Job is going to be the least of his worries. idiot.

  • GDSage

    The problem with a gyro in a portable device is you're restricted in the total movement the gyro allows because the controls and the on-screen action are one and the same. This isn't like left / right tilting where you could adjust the on-screen image slightly to make it seem better (like in some racing games on the App store)... the strength of a gyro is movement in every which way possible.

    Motion+ works because the screen is separate from the controls and thus the Motion+ becomes an extension of your hand.

    Though I am sure some devs will create some interesting apps using it, the full potential of a gyro is rather wasted.

    • dave

      Thats a good point. If your on a bus or plane, your movement is restricted

  • GDSage

    The problem with a gyro in a portable device is you're restricted in the total movement the gyro allows because the controls and the on-screen action are one and the same. This isn't like left / right tilting where you could adjust the on-screen image slightly to make it seem better (like in some racing games on the App store)... the strength of a gyro is movement in every which way possible.

    Motion+ works because the screen is separate from the controls and thus the Motion+ becomes an extension of your hand.

    Though I am sure some devs will create some interesting apps using it, the full potential of a gyro is rather wasted.

    • dave

      Thats a good point. If your on a bus or plane, your movement is restricted

  • darwiniandude

    This has a lot of potential. Should be great.

  • darwiniandude

    This has a lot of potential. Should be great.

  • http://wecangogogo.com Evan

    Waiting to see the first actual GYROSCOPE app. GPS and compass might benefit from this.

  • http://wecangogogo.com Evan

    Waiting to see the first actual GYROSCOPE app. GPS and compass might benefit from this.

  • Sticktron

    It sounds like it adds increased accuracy to the existing sensor data, which could benefit any game using motion sensor data.

  • Sticktron

    It sounds like it adds increased accuracy to the existing sensor data, which could benefit any game using motion sensor data.

  • Adams Immersive

    Freakish! Apparently, if it’s like the Wii Motion Plus, the gyro works with a pair of tiny vibrating tuning forks. Probably not loud enough to hear, though—that would be bad for battery life :)

  • Adams Immersive

    Freakish! Apparently, if it’s like the Wii Motion Plus, the gyro works with a pair of tiny vibrating tuning forks. Probably not loud enough to hear, though—that would be bad for battery life :)

  • kevlar

    I was wondering if its an actual gyroscope or just their name for some new accelerometer tech they've fitted. I just can't imaging them having some mechanical moving part inside the iphone. Actually, how does the current accelerometer work?

  • kevlar

    I was wondering if its an actual gyroscope or just their name for some new accelerometer tech they've fitted. I just can't imaging them having some mechanical moving part inside the iphone. Actually, how does the current accelerometer work?

  • Miffy

    Will be good for camera control in FPS games.

  • Miffy

    Will be good for camera control in FPS games.

  • Blades

    Ummmm.....it's amazing how easily the crowd is amused by this. I'd swear half these people would have Job's baby if they could.....And everyone acts as if Jobs himself invented the damn thing....Just a PR MAN that's all he is. Wow I can twirl around in random places and play jenga.

    While YES, I realize there is other uses. It just amazing me how many people are so easily amused by such a gimmick. IMO....

    • Slayher

      It's a developers conference. It's not a big deal for us, but it's a big deal for devs because this opens new doors for them.

      P.S. Toucharcade, how about a post actually explaining how this works?

      • Blades

        I suppose you are right. Even though I have an Itouch 3rd Gen and use the sh*t out of it. I guess it just amazes me that everyone treats him almost god-like. There are other CEO's/developers/Programmers that are just as important(Linus Torvalds, Bill Gates,etc...) yet, they don't get the ohhh and awww factor that Jobs gets.

        But unfortunately we live in a (if it's pretty, it must be good) instead of a Meat and Bones kind a world. As when I look at Apples' laptops and Desktops, I see over priced hardware wrapped in pretty plastic. I guess I just have a hard time justifying the "Paying too much for older hardware, just because its wrapped into something that looks good on my desk".
        I understand that some of it is the Software, which is really user friendly to newbs. But I can't help compare Hardware to Hardware. /rant

        ;

  • Blades

    Ummmm.....it's amazing how easily the crowd is amused by this. I'd swear half these people would have Job's baby if they could.....And everyone acts as if Jobs himself invented the damn thing....Just a PR MAN that's all he is. Wow I can twirl around in random places and play jenga.

    While YES, I realize there is other uses. It just amazing me how many people are so easily amused by such a gimmick. IMO....

    • Slayher

      It's a developers conference. It's not a big deal for us, but it's a big deal for devs because this opens new doors for them.

      P.S. Toucharcade, how about a post actually explaining how this works?

      • Blades

        I suppose you are right. Even though I have an Itouch 3rd Gen and use the sh*t out of it. I guess it just amazes me that everyone treats him almost god-like. There are other CEO's/developers/Programmers that are just as important(Linus Torvalds, Bill Gates,etc...) yet, they don't get the ohhh and awww factor that Jobs gets.

        But unfortunately we live in a (if it's pretty, it must be good) instead of a Meat and Bones kind a world. As when I look at Apples' laptops and Desktops, I see over priced hardware wrapped in pretty plastic. I guess I just have a hard time justifying the "Paying too much for older hardware, just because its wrapped into something that looks good on my desk".
        I understand that some of it is the Software, which is really user friendly to newbs. But I can't help compare Hardware to Hardware. /rant

        ;

  • http://icesky-calvin.blogspot.com IceSky22AIZ

    I'd llke to see what they have to say about the battery life in this one.

  • http://icesky-calvin.blogspot.com IceSky22AIZ

    I'd llke to see what they have to say about the battery life in this one.

  • Lanttu42

    I just have to share this to all of you. On a 4G launch day, our local news paper "Ilta Sanomat" had a this kind of article on their web site:

    "Apple iPhone: 10 Reasons why you should not buy it."

    1) Its is expensive
    If Iphone were made by someone else, it might already been on sale or easily rented with some very cheap montly fee

    2) It is Anti-Technic
    Apple doesn't let users to use iphone as access point to Wireless Network. When they realize that devices should meet customers needs.

    3) It doesnt support flash
    They say that iphone brings internet to everyones pockets but still it cannot use most of it.

    4) It cannot multitask
    You always have to open a program to check your MSN messages, SMS messages or facebook messages

    5) It has very weak battery
    Compared to other phones like this, iphone offers only average batter lifetime. However this it not "new feature" on apple devices...

    6) Development costs money.
    Apple uses lots of money to develop new software to iphone. They could use that money for better reasons.

    7) It has lousy earplugs.
    everyone near you hears what you listen.

    8) It is badly designed.
    iphone is just a computer with a cell phone in it. And both of those are badly designed and hardly working.

    9) Navigation costs money.
    Nokia and Google Android offers free navigation, but apple doesn't.

    10) It overtakes better tech.
    On every hotel room there must be Apple dock. If people didn't stress that their iphone is not supported by the hotel rooms, they might be more Wlan radios and other better technology.

    ... That article must be a joke or then someone really should by an iphone for this poor guy. :D

    Link to an article: http://www.iltasanomat.fi/uutiset/kotimaa/uutinen.asp?id=2188362

  • Lanttu42

    I just have to share this to all of you. On a 4G launch day, our local news paper "Ilta Sanomat" had a this kind of article on their web site:

    "Apple iPhone: 10 Reasons why you should not buy it."

    1) Its is expensive
    If Iphone were made by someone else, it might already been on sale or easily rented with some very cheap montly fee

    2) It is Anti-Technic
    Apple doesn't let users to use iphone as access point to Wireless Network. When they realize that devices should meet customers needs.

    3) It doesnt support flash
    They say that iphone brings internet to everyones pockets but still it cannot use most of it.

    4) It cannot multitask
    You always have to open a program to check your MSN messages, SMS messages or facebook messages

    5) It has very weak battery
    Compared to other phones like this, iphone offers only average batter lifetime. However this it not "new feature" on apple devices...

    6) Development costs money.
    Apple uses lots of money to develop new software to iphone. They could use that money for better reasons.

    7) It has lousy earplugs.
    everyone near you hears what you listen.

    8) It is badly designed.
    iphone is just a computer with a cell phone in it. And both of those are badly designed and hardly working.

    9) Navigation costs money.
    Nokia and Google Android offers free navigation, but apple doesn't.

    10) It overtakes better tech.
    On every hotel room there must be Apple dock. If people didn't stress that their iphone is not supported by the hotel rooms, they might be more Wlan radios and other better technology.

    ... That article must be a joke or then someone really should by an iphone for this poor guy. :D

    Link to an article: http://www.iltasanomat.fi/uutiset/kotimaa/uutinen.asp?id=2188362

  • blackHorse

    My granny had a gynoscope, but then she died. 10 years ago.

  • blackHorse

    My granny had a gynoscope, but then she died. 10 years ago.

  • Coffee joe

    For us pilots, attitude, heading and reference apps such as wingx, can integrate a directional gyro, attitude, roll and vertical velocity....this migration to the iPad will be a good next incremental step.

  • Coffee joe

    For us pilots, attitude, heading and reference apps such as wingx, can integrate a directional gyro, attitude, roll and vertical velocity....this migration to the iPad will be a good next incremental step.

  • http://www.edepot.com/iphone.html edepot

    Everyone always gets it mixed up when it comes to accelerometers and gyroscopes. Add to that the digital compass in the iphone 4, then it becomes quite confusing. I have seen a lot of wrong answers, so here is the place where you can get REAL answers:

    http://www.edepot.com/iphone.html

    It is in the hardware section. Scroll down to the gyroscope and accelerometer area. Yes, the gyroscope is DIFFERENT technology, but does similar things as the accelerometer and digital compass. There are absolute and relative positions to consider when dealing with these two types of 3D sensors because one can detect absolute, while the other can't! Read the fine details in that webpage, so you don't get it wrong again.

  • http://www.edepot.com/iphone.html edepot

    Everyone always gets it mixed up when it comes to accelerometers and gyroscopes. Add to that the digital compass in the iphone 4, then it becomes quite confusing. I have seen a lot of wrong answers, so here is the place where you can get REAL answers:

    http://www.edepot.com/iphone.html

    It is in the hardware section. Scroll down to the gyroscope and accelerometer area. Yes, the gyroscope is DIFFERENT technology, but does similar things as the accelerometer and digital compass. There are absolute and relative positions to consider when dealing with these two types of 3D sensors because one can detect absolute, while the other can't! Read the fine details in that webpage, so you don't get it wrong again.

  • JayTee

    1) Its is expensive

    You get what you pay for. Pay Android prices - get a crap phone. Pay for iPhone - get an amazing bit of technology, far in advance of the rest of the offerings on sale.

    2) It is Anti-Technic

    Hardly. So it doesn't act as a wireless access point - so what? Neither did my old Nokia 2110. :-P

    3) It doesnt support flash

    What's the point of supporting old technology. Steve Jobs came up with some excellent arguments for this in his released statement.

    4) It cannot multitask

    Yes it can.

    5) It has very weak battery

    Not really. Mine lasts about three days - or a week if I don't use it for heavy stuff like OpenGL based games. Plus the iPhone 4 has a better battery.

    6) Development costs money.

    Uhh... they make computer equipment and they spend their money on R&D. That's a very basic business model. Come on man... you were struggling for a number 6 weren't you? :-)

    7) It has lousy earplugs.

    Everyone may hear what you listen to - so just make it good music. That way they can enjoy it too. Their ear plugs are a bit crappy though. Thankfully there are thousands of others to choose from.

    8) It is badly designed.

    That's just stupid.

    9) Navigation costs money.

    Depends what you mean by 'navigation'.

    10) It overtakes better tech.

    Oddly, I've seen hotels start putting iMacs in their rooms. City Inn hotels are doing it right across the board.

  • JayTee

    1) Its is expensive

    You get what you pay for. Pay Android prices - get a crap phone. Pay for iPhone - get an amazing bit of technology, far in advance of the rest of the offerings on sale.

    2) It is Anti-Technic

    Hardly. So it doesn't act as a wireless access point - so what? Neither did my old Nokia 2110. :-P

    3) It doesnt support flash

    What's the point of supporting old technology. Steve Jobs came up with some excellent arguments for this in his released statement.

    4) It cannot multitask

    Yes it can.

    5) It has very weak battery

    Not really. Mine lasts about three days - or a week if I don't use it for heavy stuff like OpenGL based games. Plus the iPhone 4 has a better battery.

    6) Development costs money.

    Uhh... they make computer equipment and they spend their money on R&D. That's a very basic business model. Come on man... you were struggling for a number 6 weren't you? :-)

    7) It has lousy earplugs.

    Everyone may hear what you listen to - so just make it good music. That way they can enjoy it too. Their ear plugs are a bit crappy though. Thankfully there are thousands of others to choose from.

    8) It is badly designed.

    That's just stupid.

    9) Navigation costs money.

    Depends what you mean by 'navigation'.

    10) It overtakes better tech.

    Oddly, I've seen hotels start putting iMacs in their rooms. City Inn hotels are doing it right across the board.