Swedish studio Illusion Labs likes to stay on the bleeding edge of new Apple hardware, so it's no actual surprise to learn that it has already updated three of its games in its current stable for the new iPad's much higher resolution display. Touchgrind BMX, Foosball HD, and Labyrinth 2 HD have all received the 4X treatment in preparation for the device's release later this week, and we've got the images to prove it.

In the grand tradition of these pre-new iPad posts, we'll show you the old version and then the new version to get a taste of what's changed. Illusion seems stoked about the new hardware, too. We wish ours would ship out of Nashville already.

Touchgrind BMX pre-new iPad update

Touchgrind BMX with Retina visuals

Labyrinth 2 HD before the update

Labyrinth 2 HD with Retina visuals

Foosball HD before the Retina update

... and Foosball HD with Retina visuals

Click on, and then zoom in on these images to really see the difference. For the most part, we're thinking new iPad's screen won't be a life-changer for most studios. Good looking games will continue to look good on either device, much like the transition between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Studios that want to capitalize on the hardware are more than welcome to do so, of course. We're ready for the extra layer of fidelity this thing will bring to our world.

  • http://twitter.com/DaKleine Mark

    Great, now one can really see that the textures are blurry!

  • Tim Harding

    Wow, they look so....similar!

  • Adams Immersive

    Remember that even solid colors look better on a retina display—just compare an iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4, in the simplest of pixel-art games! Instead of a “screen door” you get pure, perfect color. It really looks great, even when edges and jaggies aren’t an issue. Similarly, even a texture that was already blurry, at least now won’t be blurry PLUS a screen door!

    • famousringo

      Of course, none of that actually shows up in a screenshot.

  • Andre Krempel

    Not impressed. the diference is negligible , comparing old x Retina side by side zoomed out, especially Touchgrind. I would rather see the extra processing power of the new Ipad being used for things that can really make diference to the eyes, like dinamic lightning , bloom and other post processing effects.

  • 11LBG11

    I'm sure the difference will be much more noticeable when you are actually looking at the iPad 3's screen. I know from experience that the difference between 480 x 320 and 960 x 640 retina resolution for iPhones is very noticeable.

  • NPeart

    Vain waste of money, battery, processing power.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_URQOKQFXGJ2JAKZ6MODNSQSEUI Bernie -

    definitely some of the _worst_ apps to show off your new ipad's retina. lmao.