In a recent interview with Apple executives, it has been mentioned that the iPhone 15 Pro is “the best video game console.” However, it is important to note that this statement should be taken with certain nuances. In reality, what is meant to be conveyed is that the iPhone 15 Pro offers a gaming experience similar to that of a console, but that does not necessarily mean it is the best option for all users.
To put this claim to the test, the iPhone 15 Pro Max has been tested, which has a larger screen for a better gaming experience. Both models share the same chip and connector, which has been upgraded from Lightning to USB-C. This allows the iPhone to be connected to a monitor or TV and output the display, offering faster transfer speeds and the ability to connect virtually any peripheral device.
The combination of this new connector and the A17 Pro chip has taken gaming on the iPhone to a new level. For example, when connecting the iPhone through an HDMI/USB-C cable to a TV, it has been observed that the experience is much better than using AirPlay, even with the Apple TV 4K. The fluidity and image quality are superior when using a cable.
Several games have been tested, such as Asphalt 9, GRID Autosport, and INSIDE, and it has been found that the arrival of USB-C makes it easier to play smoothly on an external screen. However, the most interesting aspect is Apple’s promise to release future AAA games such as Resident Evil 4 Remake, Death Stranding, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage, directly adapted to the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max. Some of these games will also incorporate ray tracing, promising an even more immersive experience.
Although the idea of playing these games on an iPhone is exciting, there are some aspects that still need improvement. For example, some games do not support external controllers, which limits gameplay. Additionally, the adaptation of games to the iPhone experience also depends on developers, who need to adjust resolution, frame rates, and other aspects to match the exact screen the device is connected to.
In summary, the iPhone 15 Pro can provide a gaming experience similar to that of a console, especially when connected to an external screen via USB-C. However, there are still aspects that need improvement, and it depends on developers to adapt games to this experience. Therefore, it cannot be categorically stated that the iPhone 15 Pro is “the best video game console,” but it is certainly an interesting option for those who want to play on a high-quality portable device.
Sources: IGN, Xataka