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iPad 3 not fast enough to support the Retina display?

Devs lowering resolution for graphically intense titles

Product: Third-generation iPad | Manufacturer: Apple
 
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A breakdown of some of the top iOS titles by the tech-heads over at Digital Foundry has revealed that a number of the highest-profile Retina display-optimised games for the third-generation iPad are actually running at sub-Retina display resolutions.

Both Infinity Blade II and Mass Effect Infiltrator - two graphically demanding titles released prior to the new iPad going on sale - run at 'just' 1440x1080, significantly lower than the third-generation iPad's full resolution of 2048x1536.

Other power-hungry 3D games like Galaxy on Fire 2 and Riptide GP, on the other hand, run at full resolution but suffer from a lower framerate than their 1024x768 iPad 2-specific counterparts.

Bang for buck?

This news comes shortly after a number of high-profile developers (who wished to remain anonymous to avoid attracting the ire of Apple) spoke to our sister site PocketGamer.biz about the issue, with one saying, "it is a pity that the new iPad is not powered by the PowerVR series 6."

"Devs are in a dilemma situation now as they either have to go back to standard resolution or keep supporting Retina to be featured by Apple while facing unhappy customers and poor ratings."

However, while some believe Apple's latest touchscreen slate is underpowered, another developer believes it's too early to make a judgement call on the tablet's capabilities, saying that it had "a feeling it can really be pushed harder than people think. It just requires a bit more testing".
 

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Edward CORE | 01:16 - 25 April 2012
Most people are used and are only happy if they compare things. The iPad or any other mobile or portable device is way inferior to XBox or PS. What serves as a base point for comparison and what most comments around the iPad being stronger than Xbox or PS was because it has 1Gb RAM. But technically it is not as capable. But that's enough when it comes to compare and to say one system is better than another. What I think is that the iPad is currently the most advanced mobile/portable system when it comes to graphics. The down side and a big or is the complete and total absence of a physical controller. That's what prevents the iPad to become fully versatile as a game system. Until then, it will be the iPad as we know it, but still only a experience that can be improved, although I think there are amazing games or the platform and is by far my favorite portable gaming system over the 3DS and the Vita. Hope the rumors about Apple coming with a official physical controllers are true. Otherwise, it will always be like this and "serious" gamers won't never take it seriously.
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thetruthisoutthere | 20:52 - 23 April 2012
Anyone believing that anything Apple said/says or will say is anywhere near the truth is an "uneducated idiot", to be honest.
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Reality Check | 06:49 - 13 April 2012
I think this whole situation would be much easier to deal with if the Retina obsessed crowd would just shut up and accept that your beloved ipad3 is a MOBILE DEVICE after all, not a freaking GTX680 that would drain your battery within 10 minutes. Honestly, how reasonable it is to expect a mobile GPU (SGX543mp4 , a very capable GPU for what it is) that operates under 2W TDP to perform at anywhere near the level of high end power hungry desktop GPUs with TDP beyond 200W ( the ones with enough horsepower for the job of managing huge amount of pixels in advanced graphics)?
To put this in a clear way : if you believe your ipad is more capable than a ps360 because Apple told you so and now you are giving 1star reviews and demanding that every huge 3d game goes to Retina, yes, you are an uneducated idiot.
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RealityCheck | 06:12 - 13 April 2012
I think this whole situation would be much easier to deal with if the Retina obsessed crowd would just shut up and accept that your beloved ipad3 is a MOBILE DEVICE after all, not a freaking GTX680 that would drain your battery within 10 minutes. Honestly, how reasonable it is to expect a mobile GPU (SGX543mp4 , a very capable GPU for what it is) that operates under 2W TDP to perform at anywhere near the level of high end power hungry desktop GPUs with TDP beyond 200W ( the ones with enough horsepower for the job of managing huge amount of pixels in advanced graphics)?
To put this in a clear way : if you believe your ipad is more capable than a ps360 because Apple told you so and now you are giving 1star reviews and demanding that every huge 3d game goes to Retina, yes, you are an uneducated idiot.
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Benloko | 06:06 - 13 April 2012
I think this whole situation would be much easier to deal with if the Retina obsessed crowd would just shut up and accept that your beloved ipad3 is a MOBILE DEVICE after all, not a freaking GTX680 that would drain your battery within 10 minutes. Honestly, how reasonable it is to expect a mobile GPU (SGX543mp4 , a very capable GPU for what it is) that operates under 2W TDP to perform at anywhere near the level of high end power hungry desktop GPUs with TDP beyond 200W ( the ones with enough horsepower for the job of managing huge amount of pixels in advanced graphics)?
To put this in a clear way : if you believe your ipad is more capable than a ps360 because Apple told you so and now you are giving 1star reviews and demanding that every huge 3d game goes to Retina, yes, you are an uneducated idiot.
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Edward CORE | 20:16 - 12 April 2012
Games like IB and Dead Space were made considering the highest resolution on the idevices to date when they were released. Pulling of full retina res on those games would result in a washed off high-res experience, since the textures could not cope with the max output resolution of the new iPad. We can only say something when original content be delivered on the iPad that doesn't need conversion to lesser resolution on older idevices. They iPad is a monster for graphics, and it's not being used full potential yet, and we may not even come to see how good it is until it's next generation when the retina display becomes standard and not a pimped feature for those with a iPad 2 and that are always still waiting for the next one. Until you don't get a "for Retina iPad only" label, we won't see much of a better performance than a clearer picture.
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PG BBilson | 18:32 - 12 April 2012
Hi Mr_bez,

PG.biz was contacted by developers to say that they were having issues getting their games to run at the increased pixel density. DF found that games were running at a lower resolution - similar, but not the same.
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mr_bez | 18:20 - 12 April 2012
"This news comes shortly after a number of high-profile developers (who wished to remain anonymous to avoid attracting the ire of Apple) spoke to our sister site PocketGamer.biz about the issue."

Except Digital Foundry first highlighted this on 1st April in their new iPad review on 1 April, 5 days before the PG biz article (reposted without link to avoid moderator ire).
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mr_bez | 14:44 - 12 April 2012
"This news comes shortly after a number of high-profile developers (who wished to remain anonymous to avoid attracting the ire of Apple) spoke to our sister site PocketGamer.biz about the issue."

Except Digital Foundry first highlighted this in their new iPad review (http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/df-hardware-new-ipad-review) on 1st April, 5 days before the PocketGamer.biz article.
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DiscoKingz | 14:24 - 12 April 2012
I can cope with games running at '1440x1080' or even 720p if that's all I have to compromise to let the extra horsepower from the extra ram & quad core GPU the iPad3 has over the iPad2 to make the games more lovely. I don't actually notice any difference in resolution between Mass Effect, Infinity Blade 2 & Sky Gamblers so it's a nothing issue to me.
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