Apple to join the PSP and DS in handheld market
- Posted March 7th, 2008 at 14:26 EDT by
- 42 Comments
Using the iPhone, Apple has plans on entering the handheld gaming market by unveiling the software development kit for the phone. At an event at Apple's headquarters, Apple announced support for OpenAL, 3D sound, and OpenGL which are all standards that game developers currently develop with.
How can this be done with no joystick or D-pad you ask? Well, the guys over at Apple has given developers access to the iPhone's accelerometer that senses where the phone is on the three axis; similar to the PlayStation 3's sixaxis remote. By moving the phone, gamers will be able to move characters or vehicles on the screen.
During the event, Apple demoed a game titled, Touch Fighter, which allows gamers to control a spacecraft around the screen by of course, tilting the phone.
While this may not sound like a very profitable approach, Apple has contacted game companies such as EA and Sega and asked them to create a game to show that it can be done on the iPhone. EA showed a demo of Spore and Sega demoed Supermonkey Ball, both of which games made use of the accelerometer.
Apple has also patented a method that would automatically determine which games on the iTunes Store are compatible with iPods or iPhones.
With the substantial success of the Nintendo DS and with God of War out and Crisis Core on the way for the PSP, all we can say is 'Good Luck.' You're going to need it.
- 9:32am EST - March 7th, 2008
never gonna be good enough to compete stick to somin else
- 9:54am EST - March 7th, 2008
- 9:55am EST - March 7th, 2008
Unless it's under 200 buck$ with no contract.....
- 9:58am EST - March 7th, 2008
i have the psp and used it for music but the friggin memory sticks were so much and didn't hold enough music and Sony Connect was pathetic compared to itunes....so i got the ipod touch and pretty much anything made for the iPhone also works on the iPod touch(unless it has something to do with the phone).......so i'm happy that i'll be able to play a game while i'm bored...though i know it will not compare to GOW....glad i still have my PSP so i can at least play that!!!
- 10:06am EST - March 7th, 2008
iPhail is crap enough already.
This will phail worse than the N-Gage
- 10:23am EST - March 7th, 2008
funkybudda | funkybudda
- 10:27am EST - March 7th, 2008
lol, seriously, good luck Apple, you will need lots of it.
- 10:29am EST - March 7th, 2008
hehe I kid. I guess if anyone can do it its APPLE. I mean people think what ever they do is pretty freaking awesome.
I do think some of their stuff is pretty wicked. The new touch pad on the MBA is pretty sweet, however its fooking HUGE!!! and like most apple products, I think its overpriced.
but good to them.
- 10:30am EST - March 7th, 2008
lmao. For all those that complained against LAIR and support this... those people are all dumbasses.
- 10:39am EST - March 7th, 2008
i think we are making to much of a big deal out of this, i dont really think they intend to sell this a gaming device but just as a small option. just like the average cell phone games except it looks better.
Dave-The-Rave | Dave-The-Rave
- 10:49am EST - March 7th, 2008
All Apple products majorly suck they always over complicate things !! I mean iTunes!!? Why can't it do like normal MP3 players and drag and drop files into it !!?
- 11:25am EST - March 7th, 2008
I really don't like the idea of making the Iphone capable of playing games without actual controls/buttons. Yep, Apple is going to need lots of luck on this one.
If Apple would make these new games avaliable on the Iphone, then that would mean that they "should" make the games avaliable for the Ipod Touch because it uses the Touch Screen also.
Those Apple products are all overpriced though... I mean come on, a 32GB Ipod Touch for $499, that's just insane. You could buy a 80GB PS3 with Blu-ray for the same price.
- 12:21pm EST - March 7th, 2008
When Apple entered the music market with iPod consumers had access to millions of songs and you bought the iPod for this reason. If Apple are entering their IPhone in the gaming market to compete against DS and PSP, well good luck as where are you going to get the games to entice people to get an iPhone for that feature? Who wants to pay them prices and have a contract for gaming?
My Sony Ericsson k850i has motion control, I have to tilt my phone to move the ball in marbal madness. Its a good idea but I think it lts limited to only certain types of games. The iPhone will be no more than a phone that has mobile phone games just like my k850i.
- 12:33pm EST - March 7th, 2008
I want an iPhone, but not for gaming.
- 12:38pm EST - March 7th, 2008
@ Dave-The-Rave - Totally agree with you man! Thats where the psp is has the upperhand, especially if you have a memory stick slot on ur com or a ps3. All you do is click and drop that simple.
I think this is going to be a major flop. People are going to be wishin they bought a psp. Because now you can practically do anything with a psp that u can with an iphone. You can call people on a psp, internet browzer, mp3 player, movie player. Oh no touch screen...boo hoo .
- 12:39pm EST - March 7th, 2008
I don't think apple has any intention of advertising thier iphone or ipod touch as a handheld gaming counsle, let alone thinking they will compete with nintendo or sony in that department. This is just something to make their products seem more versitile, like the games already released for the ipod classic and nano.
- 1:09pm EST - March 7th, 2008
yea right, i don't think so
- 1:21pm EST - March 7th, 2008
i like the itouch but not Iphone...its overrated but if the psp had 2 analogue buttons and possibly touch screen .......there wud be no competition....also ps3 shud support ipodscoz
- 1:31pm EST - March 7th, 2008
Apple aren't putting all their eggs in the gaming basket. At the end of the day, it is still a phone/iPod. Games are just an additional feature.
- 1:56pm EST - March 7th, 2008
There going to get slaughtered!!!!!
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