Do HD Resolutions Really Matter To Gaming?
Toms' Hardware: The iPad 3 release created an immediacy around the adoption of higher-resolution tablet displays. What is the impact of this new hi-res trend on the mobile gaming industry, and will this compel your company to release games in a separate “HD” version accommodate the iPad 3 and emerging high-resolution tablets?
Fishlabs: When platforms emerge, we often see suffixes like HD to differentiate new products from standard offerings targeted to the early adopters. However, mobile technology is evolving so incredibly fast that we believe, in 2013, any game that is not HD won’t be able to succeed even as a mass-market title. Consequently, HD won’t be a marketing message anymore.
Of course, as there will still be many millions of non-HD devices in use, we will release our upcoming titles as a single binary supporting non-HD, HD, and even beyond-HD-capable devices. It is one game for all and the level of fidelity will only depend on the player’s hardware. Just like it is in PC gaming today.
Madfinger: Honestly, we are not that excited about higher-resolution displays. In the case of the new iPad, we would be better off utilizing its more powerful GPU for new and more exiting effects, rather than deal with more pixels on the screen. In our opinion, releases of an app in an HD version are simply a matter of money, a way to boost income—and our company prefers universal applications. Anyway, the trend of speeding up of hardware results in boosting people's expectations of better graphics in general, and that means much work for mobile device apps developers.
Mediocre: I have personally never been that keen on higher resolutions in games. For e-reading and Web browsing, it is obviously a big win. But in an action game where everything is moving, I doubt anyone will even notice. I am much more impressed by a game running at 60 frames per second on a low-res display than a game running at 20 frames per second at “beyond-HD resolution”.
Vector Unit: For 3D games at least, the whole HD thing is complete hokum. The iPhone 4S is a much more capable piece of hardware than the original iPad, but for some reason there is this idea that because the screen is bigger, consumers should pay more for an HD version of a game. I think (and I hope) that the whole thing eventually goes away. When you buy a PC game like Skyrim, you do not pay more for playing on a high-resolution device than you do on a low-res device. It should be the same way with phones and tablets.
Most of our games are targeted at higher-end devices, so we typically just make one set of textures and assets targeted at 720p resolution (the high-res standard on Android), then scale down some textures and such for lower-end devices. Again, the problem with higher resolution is fill rate—but we are okay as long as the GPUs are scaled-up to match.
True that HD version is the way, but developers should not charge additional fees for it. Imagine if PC game developers implement this...you pay for the 1024x768 pix version, then when you upgrade your resolution to 1680x1050 pix, do you have to buy the game again?
Therefore, whichever platform you like I hope you can 'get' what you like. I do hope that all platforms can make it easier for the developers.
these mobile games are a joke...they are clearly made for the lowest common denominator of people (the stupid)
You two are exaggerating by way too much. Mobile gaming isn't for the stupid, not in the least. It's for people who want to game when they are mobile. Desktops are for a completely different market with different goals. Mobile gaming is not about matching PC gaming in quality, it's about cheap, affordable games that can be played when you are mobile. Of course they won't come close to desktop quality. Mobile games are not for the stupid, they are for the mobile. You two are just elitest pricks who don't recognize that your ways of life can't be sustained by everyone else and even if they could, not everyone wants to be like you. If I'm on a train for two hours a day to go between work in a city and my home in a cheaper suburb outside of the city, then wth am I supposed to do? PCs obviously aren't a viable choice here. However, I have my phone on me, so I can use it. Mobile gaming markets are pretty similar to the Game Boys and such, except the smart phones are both for gaming and many other uses.
Sure, mobile gaming can also be done at the house and such for people who want to do it. It is FAR more affordable than PC or console gaming is, so many more people can do it who would have otherwise been left without any good games at all. Furthermore, games obviously don't need tons of memory if they are written well. For example, the PS3 only has 256MB of GDDR3 VRAM and only 256MB of XDR system RAM and most modern smart phones have at least that much memory, if not even more. Smart phones have more than enough memory for mobile gaming.
Furthermore, smart phones are approaching the processing power of the PS3 and Xbox 360. Tablets have already matched them with the newest iPad (although I'd wait until a non-Apple tablet/smart phone had such power before buying something like this). Most people simply can't afford or can't justify spending hundreds to thousands of dollars to get high performance gaming systems and games for those systems, especially when they can get a far cheaper phone that is also needed for other things and get the games for less than $10 each (many are free). Sure, they aren't as high quality as some PC games, but it's not like most PC games we see today are nearly as good for the time as we have seen in the past. So many potentially good games have been dumbed down or were just made poorly.
Sure, we still have some good games, but most of them simply aren't anymore. Sometimes, I'd rather just play an older game nowadays just because they were simply better games, despite not having as much eye candy. Seriously now... Most people need a phone for a variety of reasons (be they convenience or through necessities such as jobs requiring phones and other important reasons). Most people don't really need a computer for anything except internet access. Sure, some people, such as developers, IT, and others need them for their jobs, but most people don't really need them and can do a lot of what needed a PC on a cheap laptop or even on a good smart phone. So, phones are obviously pretty much universally needed by the majority. You can just get a free or a cheap game, or a bunch of them, for the prices of a single PC/console game. They don't even need to be as good... At least smart phone games don't have DRM problems and such that PC games (and possibly console games soon enough) have.
Games are there to entertain, and to have fun. If I can have fun playing World of Goo on my android phone while running errands with my wife, or play Machinarium on my Playbook while flying to my destination, then at is gaming at it's essence. Honestly the Wii was probably the best and worst thing to happen to gaming. Obviously it brought out alot of shovelware (that otherwise would have targeted another console) but it also showed the world that people don't need serious games, we need fun games. Not everyone wants to compete all the time, they just want something to pass the time, to tell a story.
There's room in the market for all game types. Hell, I even backed Takedown since I do enjoy a "serious" game occasionally. But claiming that people will stop playing tablet games "once they see what a PC can do" is ignorant. I'm well aware of what a PC can do, and will continue to play games on all my devices, when convenient. I don't need great graphics to have fun, just remember that video games started out with a dot and 2 lines.
You can always tell when someone is out of logical, focused arguements. They start calling names. "Elitist prick"? What do I care how you spend your 2 hour commute? Next you'll be telling me it's OK to game and drive. Something tells me you're an itard.
What was more interesting is the way they completely avoided talking about anything related to x86. Can't be sure why but i think they've not got much experience at all with the arch.