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Could iPhone’s Hidden Video Out Lead to Big Screen Gaming?

Freeverse producer Bruce Morrison has successfully demoed the iPhone game Moto Chaser being displayed on a TV. Mr. Morrison was able to achieve this with only a few hours of development time used to apply a hidden feature of the iPhone SDK, which was first discovered by Ars Technica in November, 2008.

Mr. Morrison's experiments came with some limitations, however, including a maximum of about 20 frames per second, which he qualified as "nearly playable." In addition, the touch screen controls didn't work, although the accelerometer did. He also found that the second generation iPod touch was the best device for the experiment, since its processor is better than both the first generation model and both generations of the iPhone.


A screen grab of the YouTube video showing Freeverse's experiment

AppleInsider, which also linked to ArsTechnica's coverage of this development, earlier this year ran a story about Apple's plans for better iPhone processors. While most developers assume the hidden video out function is aimed only at movie and TV show watching, as well as photo slideshows, the more advanced hardware of future generations of the iPhone and iPod touch will likely allow games to benefit as well.


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DeepDish said:

I hope so.

put bluetooth in AppleTV and play wirelessly on your iPhone and iTouch on your bigscreen through AppleTV via bluetooth.


guest said:

Dear Lord why?  Gaming is so limited with the iPhone, the critical design flaw being no buttons.  I play a few games on my iPhone when I’m out, but I don’t want to play dumbed down games in my living room, I want real games.  There’s a reason controllers haven’t eliminated physical buttons, they are useful!  Gimmicky motion sensing is fun and all, but controllers that include buttons are far more robust when it comes to playing games.  Keep the iPhone off my living room television please.


princess said:

I’m hoping for new games and applications to come on iPhones, for no good reasons I’m still craving for more games also ringtones =)... hopefully iPhone gaming companies hear my request~


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