In a recent interview with IGNAn Apple executive claimed that the iPhone 15 Pro was “It’s going to be the best gaming console.” I was skeptical; although Apple boasted about the capabilities of its new GPU in its A17 Pro chip and said that high-fidelity games like Resident of the bad townhe Resident Evil 4 remake, and death stranded They would all come to the iPhone 15 Pro, I didn’t think they would work very well in practice.
But after seeing images of Resident of the bad town in action on an iPhone 15 Pro, I’m realizing that Apple’s vision isn’t as far away as I thought.
You can watch the game at a video by YouTuber Vincent Zhong, starting at 1:48 p.m. First, Zhang plays Village on the 15 Pro on an attached mobile game controller, and the footage looks pretty decent. But then comes the good part: Zhang connects the phone to an external display and a DualSense controller and, at least in the video of him, Resident of the bad town It’s closer than I expected to the graphical quality of the game on a console.
I don’t think it’s a 1:1 match. According to the subtitles on Zhang’s video, the game’s resolution is locked at 1560 x 720 and its frame rate is “currently” locked at 30 fps. And Zhang says the experience has its flaws: “The screen mirroring effect is definitely not as good as on the phone,” says Zhang. “It is definitely not as good as the original effect on the game console.”
Still, I can see how connecting your phone to a monitor to stream console-quality games from your iPhone to a big screen could be appealing in a pinch. It can be especially useful when you are traveling or away from home. We’ll have to wait and see how good the final versions of the iOS ports are like Village, RE4and death stranded They actually are, and if Apple can convince more developers to bring their console-quality games to the iPhone, but I’m much more intrigued by them than I was last week.
The gaming push for the iPhone 15 Pro is part of Apple’s broader recent focus on high-end gaming. For Mac, for example, it introduced a Proton-like tool that can run Windows games. Fingers crossed, that actually translates to more games I can play on my MacBook Air, but while I wait, at least I’ll be able to give Baldur’s Gate 3 a shot.