Despite being a broken, glitchy mess online, Battlefield 4 is still a technically stunning (and demanding) game. It’s on the other side of the visual spectrum, pushing hardware to the limit for photo-realistic representation. You would never expect to get something like Battlefield 4 on a mobile device. Well at least that’s what I thought yesterday.
Because today, DICE has Battlefield 4 running on an iPad. Sort of. It’s not the entire game ported to Apple’s new iPad Air 2, but rather a technical demo of what Frostbite and Metal can do when they’re allowed to share a bed. The results are some beautiful, logic defying visuals on a mobile device, which could mean a lot for the future.
Mobile manager at Frostbite Stockholm, Kristoffer Benjaminsson, stressed that this was merely a demo to see how well Apple’s Metal technology got on with Frostbite. Only parts of Battlefield 4 have made it onto the iPad, although there isn’t video proof of how well it actually run. There are screenshots though, which doesn’t show that much of a visual compromise.
Pretty impressive, right? But what does that mean for future Frostbite games on the iPad? Well Benjaminsson teased that this was just the first look at a project underway for the iPad, proving that the Frostbite engine can function on Apple’s smart devices with the Metal API. That probably means there are some games in the pipeline, as EA expands the install base for its most popular engine.
But what about the games themselves? EA is notorious for exploitative, in-app purchase ridden titles on mobile, so does all of this really matter if their business approach to games doesn’t change? Probably not, but it’s still extremely impressive to see.
Last Updated: November 7, 2014