Developers Working With Apple to Bring iPhone 15 Pro's Console Games to the iPad and Mac

Developers are working with Apple to bring the iPhone 15 Pro's console games to the iPad and Mac, Apple executives told IGN.

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In a new interview, Jeremy Sandmel, Apple's Senior Director of GPU Software, and Tim Millet, Apple's VP of Platform Architecture, discussed the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌'s more advanced gaming capabilities. During the announcement of the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ models, Apple highlighted how the A17 Pro chip features a brand new GPU with hardware-accelerated ray tracing, enabling console games like "Resident Evil 4" and "Assassin's Creed: Mirage" to be played on the iPhone.

Asked if these new games will be compatible with Apple silicon iPads and Macs, Millet said that "The developers are going to work with us to do it." Sandmel added:

...one of the things that fundamentally enabled that is this unification of the architecture of Apple Silicon and the iPhone Silicon and the iPad Silicon. And so you can see that they're able to do exactly what you just suggested, which is bring a game to iPhone and Mac that is the same game. It's the same rendering, it's the same rendering quality and it's the same game they had on a gaming PC and a console.

So we really look at these many generations of SoC architecture across the phone, across the iPad, across now, Apple Silicon Macs. And we'd see that as part of one big unified platform, a graphics and gaming platform in particular.

Since these console games are purportedly enabled by the hardware advancements of the A17 Pro, Apple's first chip fabricated with TSMC's 3-nanometer process, it seems possible that Apple is alluding to next-generation iPads and Macs with M3 chips here.

DisplayPort support is built into the USB-C port on all iPhone 15 models, meaning that the devices can output video at up to 4K/60Hz natively to a DisplayPort-equipped external display or TV with a supported USB-C to DisplayPort cable. On previous iPhones with a Lightning port, video mirroring is limited to 1080p with Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI or Lightning-to-VGA adapters.

Asked if, given the device's DisplayPort capabilities, ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ owners would be be able to play the likes of Resident Evil 4 on an external display, Sandmel replied:

As you probably know, there's the display resolution and then there's the gaming resolution, and then the frame rates, the game rendering. With technologies like MetalFX's upscaling, we can sort of separate those two things. The game can run at really high frame rates, get really great quality results, and then upscale whatever resolution the display, whether that's the iPhone display, whether that's an external display. So yes, the iPhone can connect to these 4K displays, and it can drive them externally doing whatever you do on the phone, including gaming to these other displays. The resolution and frame rate are going to highly depend on what the game's actually doing.

The ‌iPhone‌ does not yet offer a dedicated extended display mode, but it is possible to mirror an ‌iPhone‌ to an external display via a wired connection, as well as AirPlay. See IGN's full interview for more information.

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Top Rated Comments

StudioMacs Avatar
8 months ago
The Nintendo Switch was far less advanced than the iPhone and iPad when it came out in 2017.

Success has very little to do with technology and much more to do with the games. Apple needs exclusive first party titles, even if they buy a few smaller studios to develop them in house.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Luna Murasaki Avatar
8 months ago
No mention of the AppleTV?

Would love an AppleTV capable of AAA titles that could replace my Xbox.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Originalblez Avatar
8 months ago
An iPhone as a Nintendo Switch-like device that you can plug into a TV? That would redefine the iPhone and really disrupt the traditional console business.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Motawa Avatar
8 months ago
Finally the console quality statement is real after 15 years
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dominiongamma Avatar
8 months ago

Now this IS interesting !

With the ridiculous power of Apple silicon hopefully we’ll see a new era of Mac gaming!
They’ve been saying this for years, so I’m still skeptical
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alchemistmuffin Avatar
8 months ago

No mention of the AppleTV?

Would love an AppleTV capable of AAA titles that could replace my Xbox.
Most likely that’s coming soon. Chances are next Apple TV will come in Pro models for users that demand more, like gamers and cinematographers that demand more. (Which will likely feature higher capacity storage and more advanced Apple Silicon chip, would not be surprised if M3 makes it to Apple TV which would be game changer)

Simply put, A17 Pro is sneak peek at M3 chip, which is going to be MASSIVE game changing chip. (Hence the delay to 2024 launch)
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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