Apple makes surprising gaming claim ahead of iPhone 15 Pro launch

Apple makes surprising gaming claim ahead of iPhone 15 Pro launch
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Megan Cooke


17th Sep 2023 20:34

In the 12 September Apple Keynote, announced several new and exciting features which would be coming alongside the new iPhone 15 range. These included a USB-C port, improved processor and, surprisingly, gaming optimisation.

Perhaps the boldest claim of all was made in an interview with IGN, where the phone was described as "the best gaming console".

The new iPhone 15 Pro is set up to be a new dawn for mobile gaming

While it may seem surprising, the iPhone 15 Pro has several elements which will allow it to function as a gaming device quite well.

From its A17 Pro processing chip, which allows for hardware-assisted ray tracing up to four times faster than software‑based ray tracing, to compatibility with various gaming controllers.

While it doesn’t compete with current-gen consoles, largely based on screen size, it will be a great addition for gamers who want to be able to play games while on the go.

iPhones go everywhere with you. Does that make them the best game console?

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In an interview with IGN, Jeremy Sandmel, Apple's Senior Director of GPU Software, is quoted as saying: “I think they say the best game console is the one you have with you. It's going to be the best game console.”

This is a bold claim given that the Steam Deck and the Nintendo Switch exist, two very portable consoles with large game libraries.

Some AAA titles will be coming to iPhone 15 Pro

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As part of the Apple Keynote, it was revealed that some AAA titles will be coming to iPhones, however, it seems like the offering may be small, at least to start with.

These games include Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Village, Assassin's Creed Mirage, and Death Stranding.

iPhones have been used for gaming for a long time, with games like Stardew Valley and Terraria available to download through the app store. Despite this, there is a big graphical difference between these pixel art-style games and the more realistic, 3D graphics of current-gen standard console games.

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