Apple to turn the iPhone into a handheld game console?

By Justin Mann on December 12, 2008, 6:30 PM
Could the iPhone transcend the smartphone market and enter the realm of handheld gaming consoles? Apple certainly thinks so, with the company’s John Geleynse recently claiming the phone could be a next-generation handheld gaming device. Calling it a potential rival to both the DS and the PSP, Geleynse's words aren't that much different from Apple's general point of view, which lends credence to the claim that Apple may try to push the device as suitable for a gaming experience.

Certain Apple stories this month in the U.S. will have an EA hosted “Games Sneak Peak” event, which will apparently outline where the iPhone (and iPod touch) could be headed in terms of gaming. The idea is truly novel – you have a single device that can handle your phone calls, email, geo-location, scheduling, music playing and more, then add “console” gaming on top of it. It certainly sounds appealing.

On the flip side of that, if you look at the design of any existing handheld console, you'll see that their developers put a lot of faith in having ample hand room and plenty of buttons to toy with. The iPhone is a sleek but tiny device, and Apple might have a very hard time convincing people that it's also a “handheld console”.

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captain828 said:
This thing STILL needs a better CPU and more RAM to get that nice UI working flawlessly... and they're thinking of turning it into a handheld gaming console?! can someone pls turn off Jobs' Reality Distortion Field??
9Nails said:
Its going to be a tough task asking an iPhone to do everything. It can't stay slim and have good battery life, especially if they pair it with a good CPU and more RAM. It would sit somewhere in-between a useless phone or an underpowered Sony PSP.
DarkCobra said:
I agree with the other comments. Apple would do better in "FIRST" beefing up what they've already got with more horsepower, removable battery, cut & paste, stereo blue tooth, video capability, etc. "THEN" they can expand it to whatever other additional direction. I'm hoping the upcoming CES has an announcement in this direction for the spring.
captain828 said:
it would be nice to see a nVidia Tegra based iPhone...
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