iPad - analysts react to Apple's newest tablet

Colin Sebastian thinks it's a game changer... Michael Pachter not so much

Apple recently unveiled its new iPad with a retina display supporting a resolution of 2048 x 1536 housing an A5X processor with quad core graphics capabilities. GamesIndustry International asked some analysts what they thought and Colin Sebastian of RW Baird and Billy Pidgeon of M2 research were both very bullish on the tablet.

"I think the new iPad is a legitimate platform for video games, and tablets are going to start giving the existing consoles a run for their money," said Sebastian. "I imagine about a year from now we will be using tablets as controllers for games on TVs, and consumers will have a legitimate alternative to the existing consoles."

"A new iPad will help expand the base and opportunity for high end tablet games," theorized Pidgeon. "Tablets support higher unit prices than iPhone, and tablets are a better platform for free to play and paid download games.  Indie and high quality casual will do very well."

On the other end of the spectrum, David Cole of DFC Intelligence is a bit skeptical of the new iPad's mainstream potential because of the price, and Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities doesn't expect any big difference for gamers.

"I don't think there were any surprises," said Cole. "Faster processor and better graphics could mean games. The biggest issue is still the high price of the iPad versus potential alternatives. I think Apple can say they have the best tablet but the issue is how many consumers will settle for an alternative at a lower price."

"I'm not sure why we care," asserted Pachter. "I really don't know what the difference is between this one and the others. An HD screen, I am not sure why 'gamers' care," he said.

Many thought that Apple would overshadow all of GDC yet again. What do you think? Will the new iPad make a huge difference to games?

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Sergiu Badau Wittenberger QA Tester 6 years ago
"I imagine about a year from now we will be using tablets as controllers for games on TVs, and consumers will have a legitimate alternative to the existing consoles."
You don't say ... Wii U anyone ?
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 6 years ago
No is the short sweet answer. It's the same processor with a new graphics core. This means that aside from a slightly faster ability to run game logic, all of the extra graphical oompf will be taken up largely by having to push double the pixels.

It's not going to take developers long to resort to simply upscaling from the ipad2 version of anything they make or (if you're epic) including another set of higher res textures.

While this thing will likely shift like hot cakes. I'm wondering how many savvy consumers with iPad2 will see any reason to upgrade.
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Roberto Allocco6 years ago
I think that lot of these analysts forget to mind the controller issue.
Touch screen it's ok for certain type of game, but the most engaging one for "core" gamers are played with controller or mouse and keyboard set up.
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D6 years ago
Yeah, I was hoping the rumours re the tactile feedback tech in the screen were right - that could have really revolutionised gaming on tablets. Still, maybe they're saving that for the next one.
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Private Industry 6 years ago
I never imagined there would be the day I have to agree with Pachter but the day has come.

And yea tablet as controller? The guy didnt hear about the Wii U that actually has buttons because thats needed to play. Anybody could imagine ME3 on a tablet with only on screen "buttons"?
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Jace Cisnero Games/Level Designers 6 years ago
Too many great games have been ruined in their conversion to touch screens. The argument that games should be designed to use touch screens ignores the fact that it fundamentally changes the game. That may very well result in something current gamers do not want if it means abandoning game mechanics that are tried and true. I think for most people the iPad is just another place to play games, but not necessarily the only place they play them.
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