Patents approved to Apple today clue in on intentions of getting gaming serious on the touch platforms. TheMNT has speculated a DS/PSP competitor in the iPhone/iPod touch for a while, and these filings only solidify the fact.
The lengthy patent touches (pun =P) on quite a few “input methods for gaming” including music/tapping gaming (iPod Hero anyone?), as well as hints to first-person shooter type interfaces. Maybe with Bungie’s recent departure with Microsoft, the known Mac guys will be bringing a Marathon for the devices? Or a port of the now known DS version of Halo: Combat Evolved?
Also reported on Ars Technica.
Pre-orders are available for new titles by EA games for your Mac! Titles include, Madden ’08, Tiger Woods ’08, Command & Conquer 3, Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix, Need for Speed Carbon, and Battlefield 2142. System requirements on Apple’s site reveal previously unknown facts, mainly identical requirements for each game, Intel Core Duo exclusivity, and the lack of support for all Macbook and Mac Mini owners. This seems to be due to the lack of a bonafide graphics card like those found on iMacs and Macbook Pros, no doubt a requirement for Transgaming’s emulation technology, Cider. Grabbed from Apple’s website:
- Mac OS X v10.4.9 or later
- 1.83GHz or faster Intel Core Duo processor
- 1GB RAM
- 6GB free hard-disk space
- Video card: ATI X1600 series or later; NVIDIA GeForce 7300 or later
- DVD-ROM drive
This game does All games do not support the GMA950 integrated graphics card.
More info can be found here at Apple’s website.
[Update] Games are not Intel Core 2 Duo exclusive, will run on Intel Core Duo with dedicated GPUs.
Looks like all the big players are stopping at nothing for your holiday dollar this year, including Apple, Sony, and Microsoft. With an extra $400 lying around, what would you treat yourself to? Here are some of our favorite ideas:
- Any one of the new, conventional, iPods, and then some (Leopard anyone?). And, yes, even the iPod Touch ($299-399) and now the $200 less 8GB iPhone ($399) fit in this category.
- The rumored $399 40GB Playstation3 with Spiderman 3 Blu-Ray Bundle.
- A plethora of Xbox 360 console configurations between the Core ($279) + a couple games, Premium ($349) + a game, or Halo 3 Edition ($399) + no game… (surely, grandma will hook up the actually game… right… grandma?).
It’s looks to be a great holiday season for tech heads and gamers alike. What would you buy?
Seems plausible that with the iPod touch release looming, Apple may have an ace up their sleeve in the coming weeks. We saw it with the iPhone’s release, and it ultimately turned out to be YouTube functionality. What could Apple have in store for it’s (soon to be) next big thing? Some sources indicate a strong notion that some sort of VoIP app may be in the works. Others have a stronger leaning towards more gaming capability (a possible go at the PSP or portable king, DS?). What could it be?