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Apple iPad 2 Gaming Test

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Apple iPad 2 Gaming Test
Already deemed as a venerable gaming machine in its own the regard, the iPad 2 will undoubtedly kick things up a notch, as it should, thanks to upgraded internals found under the hood. If 3D gaming is more your kind of thing, then the 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor is an inviting evolutionary step forward that should bring along some graphically rich titles down the road once developers begin to take advantage of it. In the meantime though, we decided to check out the kind of graphics prowess that the iPad 2 has to offer – and more importantly, how it compares to its brethren.

Since there are no games out there yet that are developed specifically to run on Apple’s blazing A5 dual-core processor, we just decided to go at it with Epic Citadel that utilizes the Unreal Engine 3. Sure it isn’t necessarily an actual game, but it does a great job in providing us a surreal environment that produces some fantastic 3D looking visuals. As we started moving around, it’s quickly evident that the game doesn’t skip a beat as we fluidly traverse through the rich looking environment. From shadows to textures, everything looks rather sharp as it manages to submerse us with some fluid movements. Impressively, it’s even able to keep a steady frame rate when things like smoke effects come into play.

Of course, we just had to pit it against the original iPad to compare and contrast their performance. And surprisingly enough, the iPad 2’s dual-core A5 processor shines ever so brightly. In fact, we experienced just a little choppy movements when smoke effects came into view with the iPad – which didn’t phase the iPad 2 one bit. Although this is just only a snippet of what the iPad 2 can truly produce, it’s going to only get better from here on since developers will no doubt create visually stunning games that are catered to run with the A5 processor.

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posted on 13 Mar 2011, 21:50 3

1. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

Why didn't you just use the full infinity blade game instead of the citadel demo? Epic and chair just released an update that allows the game to take advantage of the iPad 2's A5 SoC. Woulda made for a much better demo.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 22:00 6

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

And while you were at it, why didn't you ever do anything like this for the XOOM?

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 23:38 2

7. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Because no one cares about the Zoom. PA is trying to get hits. You don't get that talking about Android.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 23:50 4

8. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

People who care about a quality product care about the Xoom. People who don't want to pay for Chinese slave labor and a device which already fails in comparison to its contemporaries care about the Xoom. People who don't want to be dragged into Jobs's iron fist care about the Xoom.

Get the picture, Taco?

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 14:42 1

17. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

clearly you dont get the picture sniggly. people dont want to pay for chinese slave labor? ok then, good bye xoom. dont want a device that fails in comparison to its contemporaries? good bye xoom. how about not paying for a device that fails, period? good bye xoom. your xoom is a turd just like everything else created by the sheep company motorola. the same company that has been trying to cash in on apples success for years now. you say people dont want to be dragged into steve job's iron fist, yet motorola has been shoving it up their own ass for years now.

get the picture? or does it need to be written in crayon?

posted on 16 Mar 2011, 19:57

20. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

i think you're getting Apple and Moto mixed up there. xD

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 22:35 9

3. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

PA, your news feed is absolutely RIDDLED with iPad 2. it's actually really sick, you guys are acting like children, nothing but Apple products get this much attention and it's total BS.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 07:09 1

15. bucky (Posts: 3134; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Im gonna open a website called appleipadisthebest.com just so i can expand and instigate further nerd rage...seriously I picture most you offended, with the most red face behind those bottle cap lenses while reading all this ipad stuff :)

If I cared about you not having a heartattack, I would simply advise not clicking on the link.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 13:48

16. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

well it's too bad you don't care coz your advise to me would have been much appreciated. also i didn't even read the article, i'm SICK of reading about the iPad 2 and i only wanted to make my point.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 22:35 4

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Ha! Did I not call it?! See my earlier post in the iPad 2 Benchmark Comparison....

PA is going to milk the absolute last bit that they can out of their iPad 2 purchase. What is next - a discussion about the 3G connectivity?

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 22:55 2

5. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

Great, now they're gonna do it.

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 23:51 3

9. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I chuckled when I saw this article because I had seen you call it. Good work. :)

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 23:16 4

6. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)

Finally, some tests that really reflect the stupidity of apple products. A five hundred dollar toy for grown men to play games on. Pathetic losers. Get a life...

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 02:55 2

11. android_hitman (unregistered)

well put :)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 00:06 2

10. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

it'd be pretty funny actually if they're just trying to piss people off for sh!t$ and giggles with all these iPad posts. xD

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 03:51 2

12. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)

That's why this will be a 3rd rate phone site. Hell, even places like phonescoop.com and pocketnow.com are much better.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 05:53 1

13. Van Allen (unregistered)

I think Apple's paying phonearena to feature their iPad 2 everyday.XD

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 06:25 1

14. lukasound (unregistered)

this wasn't even written by phonearena, it's clearly not their style... they just copied and pasted this from what apple sent them to post.
you should all be smart enough to notice sponsored articles... if you are not, well, you will be buying the iPad 2 anyway.
i know, it's sad... but phonearena, it would be fair of you to note "sponsored article" where it applies.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 16:34

18. IOS5 (unregistered)

And who gives a..... About Android with java apps shit?!

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 16:58 1

19. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Oh look...Moving picture frames :D

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