Epic Games applauds the iPad 2, but doubts Android's gaming potential

Epic Games applauds the iPad 2, but doubts Android's gaming potential
Thanks to recent high-powered tablets like the Motorola XOOM and the iPad 2, tablet gaming is quickly gaining on the console gaming experience. But the competition within the mobile sector is where things will get interesting.

Gizmodo got the chance to interview Tim Sweeney of Epic Games, the force behind the Unreal Engine and such games as Gears of War, and Infinity Blade. When asked whether the iPad 2 really has a 9x improved graphic performance over the original iPad, Sweeney seemed to agree. He also said that, while complex shaders and post-processing effects are still below console standards, we could "see more of that with more time with the iPad 2."

Sweeney pointed out the very different performance timeline that we experience with mobile products vs. game consoles. He said that consoles usually produce "a 10-20x leap in performance every 7-8 years," and so the iPad 2's 9x improvement in a single year is an "astonishing" achievement.

But he also pointed out that we aren't yet using the iPad 2 to its full potential, so we won't have to wait for the next version to see real improvements. He specifically mentioned the OpenGL ES graphics drivers on mobile devices, which have "fairly high overhead," which could be optimized to "a factor of 4 driver overhead reduction" if we devote more resources to it.

When speaking of Android, Sweeney was less optimistic. He explained that "When a consumer gets the phone and they wanna play a game that uses our technology, it's got to be a consistent experience, and we can't guarantee that [on Android]. That's what held us off of Android." Beyond the mere hardware differences, Sweeney also indicted the carriers, explaining that the "crap" they put on their phones hinders the quality control efforts of developers.

source: Gizmodo via AppleInsider

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1. breathlesstao unregistered

Pfffffffft...Epic sucks up to Jobs and disses Android just like it sold its soul to consoles as opposed to PC - where they freakin' come from. PCGA should just give them the belly sack. -_-

2. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

It hurts huh? Lol

3. - unregistered

Agreed, Android devices have too much 'crap' running in the background. Even scrolling through screens, pinching to zoom and panning around is choppy. I don't hate android, but as of now, it IS crappy.

4. AppleFUD unregistered

That must be your device. . . oh, wait you don't have an Android device do you? I will admit that Android does need a bit more ram and cpu than iOS but then it does a butt ton more than iOS. . . As for epic. . . whatever. Google's new anti-fragmentation program will help standardize hardware and software around Android and by this time next year it will be easier to develop for than any other OS. Just like MS had to do with Windows back in its early days--standardized the the hardware with x86--Google is working with SoC manufacturers to enable a wide range of chips to work properly with Android => increased competition => faster hardware improvements => better devices. And all you Apple fans can say THANK YOU, Google. Because without Android pushing hardware this fast and the competition its developed iOS devices would still be running chips around 500MHz, same old crappy screens, low ram, etc. . . . and you wouldn't have multitasking, folders, a push towards the cloud, etc. So, stop the smack talking and be thankful there is good competition to push everyone forward.

5. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

nicely said! epic is full of shit. There are plenty of Android phones capable of running infinity blade. Plus bloatware on Android will not effect performance lololol that is such a crock of shit. Most of it is small apps that don't even run in the background and most of them can be uninstalled.

8. applesauce unregistered

Maybe it is sometimes choppy because it has actual multitasking, something the ifails don't have?

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

epic is just playing up to their money maker right now. once google irons out more of the fragmentation issues, you will see epic on android. epic is known for talkin mad crap about everyone, so its not suprizing. It makes headlines and thats the point. apple doesnt have a stronger graphix chipset than android. Hell, they run on the same parts (of course, android is always a step ahead since the phones are released more often). I wouldnt be suprized if there wasnt a real epic game on the android market by end of 2012.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol.. err .2011

9. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Epic will jump on the band wagon very soon.

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