Firemint’s Real Racing 2 HD has always been notable for its superb graphics. Now, however, it appears things have gotten any more awesome. Using an iPad, and Apple’s Digital AV adapter, it will actually run in full 1080p – without upscaling, and without letterboxing of any kind at all!
This is non-typical among iPad apps – typically, Apple’s adapter does all of the upscaling work. It works seamlessly with any third-party application unlike before when only a handful of apps on the App Store were written to specifically support video output. In the case of games, the $39 Apple Digital AV Adapter upscales graphics from the iPad’s native 1024 by 768 pixel resolution to full HD 1920 by 1080 resolution.
We are now hearing that the PowerVR SGX543MP2, the GPU unit of the A5 chip with ninefold jump in graphics performance, can drive full 1080p 3D graphics. According to TouchArchade, the next update to Firemint’s excellent Real Racing 2 HD will enable full 1080p video output in 30 frames per second – without upscaling.
The move is an absolute forst for an iOS game, and hopefully other developers will follow suit- helping people eliminate their need for a game console – and perhaps for a Roku or other media device for their TV as well.