March 26, 2011
Firemint has announced that they will be taking the next big step in iOS gaming with Real Racing 2 HD. The next major update to Real Racing 2 HD will include a remarkable 1080p TV-out capability, something yet unheard of in the realm of iDevice games. Racing simulation fans with an iPad 2 and Real Racing 2 HD already have special treatment thanks to the newest iDevice's increased performance potential. The combination of these two great products offers full-screen anti-aliasing, building window reflections, high-detail objects and surfaces, and fully-modeled vehicle interiors, plus the added control precision of the gyroscope. That seems like an impressive use of Apple's A5 CPU and the PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU already. However, it would appear that a lot more visual goodness can be squeezed from this dual-core hardware. What is the next step in iOS gaming? • Full-screen, gorgeous 1080p visuals - No black borders - No scaling - full HD • Silky smooth 30 frames per second • Dual-screen racing - real time telemetry on your iPad 2 Currently, games can be up-converted to 1080p when run on an iPad 2, but Firemint is going all out to make it a native-1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution at a more than reasonable 30 frames per second. This is a feature only found on powerful gaming consoles like Sony's Playstation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 or high-end personal computers. The experience is a bit different from a gaming console -- debatable whether that means good or bad -- with your iPad being the steering wheel and course information. It requires a racer to glance down if they want to see their current position on the map, although, it does remove obstructing elements from the main screen -- your HDTV. To take advantage of this upcoming feature, you will need an iPad 2, Apple Digital AV adapter, HDMI cable, and a 1080p-capable high-definition television. Will this replace Forza 3, Xbox 360, and racing wheel package? Not likely, but those who have or plan on getting an iPad 2 and don't have the racing setup on a 360 or PS3 could see it as a positive alternative. I'm looking forward to comparing the two experiences to see how they measure up. Real Racing 2 HD is compatible with iPad running iOS 3.2 or later, and available in the App Store for $9.99.