Apple has unveiled a new smartphone called the iPhone X, along with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Its 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display will usher in a new generation of iPhones thanks to its superb OLED backlight and its True Tone HDR features. This is the first iPhone created by Apple that pushes the boundaries in terms of mobile games.
The device is more than just a fancy screen as its graphical power and A11 Bionic chip will have a massive impact on mobile gaming both in the typical spectrum and in AR (Augmented Reality). We take a look at how the new iPhone X will change the game in terms of mobile games.
Bigger Display = Better Visuals
Since the iPhone X has a gorgeous 5.8-inch display its resolution has also seen quite a jump. Boasting a 2436×1125 pixel resolution, the iPhone X will have a stunning and immersive display to play all your mobile games on. It does not end there though, HDR and True Tone will bring the display to life, like nothing ever experienced on an Apple device before.
All this is also now powered by the A11 Bionic chip which sees a 70% boost in multi threaded tasks and a 30% graphical boost over the A10 chip. What this means is that the new iPhone will be able to deliver faster loading times and of course better visuals across all mobile games. One perfect example of this power is one of the upcoming mobile games by Journey developers, That Game Company. The company’s iPhone game called Sky looks unbelievably breathtaking. This is one of the mobile games that’s sure to look amazing on the iPhone X with its huge display, HDR and True Tone support, and most of all the visuals brought to life thanks to the A11 Bionic chip.
During WWDC this year Apple focused heavily on its ARKit and how it would work to bring AR mobile games to the iPhone. While we have not seen any actual releases of these mobile games yet, Apple did finally touch on a few during the iPhone X announcement. One of these mobile games was from Directive Games and is currently in start-up. The Machines sees players battle each other online or locally around a table in the same room. The game is fully playable in AR and lets you walk around the battlefield and use your iPhone as a portal view into the world you are playing on.
An example of how advanced this AR is was given during the demo when Apple unveiled the iPhone X. Thanks to the Unreal Engine’s support for Metal, Apple’s game development kit, and the power of the iPhone the developers were able to bring the world to life. All 1.2 million polygons of it. With AR you will able to really get into the action by moving your phone into the level and rotating it around the map that is on the table in front of you. It is almost as if your iPhone acts as a window into this world.
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