iOS 8 will Support Frostbite And Unreal Engine 4 Games, A New Beginning?

By   /   Jun 3, 2014

Those who think mobile gaming just doesn’t have the potential to be in the same league as mainstream console or PC gaming should probably rethink that. Apple revealed iOS 8 for its devices yesterday and with it comes some really exciting news.

The latest OS iteration for the company’s handheld devices will be supporting Frostbite and Unreal Engine 4 powered games.

Apple is beefing up its devices with the addition of Metal, a technology designed to increase the rendering capabilities of a device by ten folds. Now Apple fans will be able to try high end games on their A7 devices like Apple 5S and iPad Air.

Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi showcased support for big developers like Crytek, EA and Epic Games during the iOS 8 announcement.

A demo was shown at the reveal running Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on iOS, a game which is built on EA’s Frostbite engine. The results were actually quite impressive, pushing out 1.3 million triangles (which is a lot).

Other demos featuring the Crytek engine as well as Epic Games’ Zen Garden, an atmospheric app built in Unreal Engine 4 were also shown.

Those who are excited about this news and want to see how Zen Garden and UE4 games will look on their devices can download the free demo, which will be released alongside iOS 8 this fall.

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