Unreal Engine 3 Ported to iOS

Epic has ported its Unreal Engine 3 (UE3) to the iOS platform and is currently testing its iOS development tools for the engine. Not familiar with UE3? It powers BioShock and Gears of War on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The news gets even better. ‘Project Sword,’ a game coming out later this year that uses UE3 is coming out for iOS.

Apple’s iOS is starting to look mighty appealing as a gaming platform. A lot of very strong titles will be making their way onto the platform and Apple is releasing their own gaming service that is reminiscent of Xbox Live with many of the same features. I keep mentioning that Sony is running PSP ads targeting the iPhone, which just has me stunned. Is Sony really that scared of iOS?

The fact that UE3 even runs on iOS is amazing. Apple certainly has some impressive hardware tucked into the iPhone 4, and now the Apple iPod touch 4 with yesterday’s announcement. Sony might have reason to be scared, since many iOS models out have newer hardware inside than the aging PSP and a massive online store presence. Nintendo might have reason to fear as well if its next mobile gaming system doesn’t sell.

Smartphones have started to seriously compete with dedicated mobile consoles, and the future of mobile gaming looks bright. Very bright. Battery life issues might be the biggest hindrance to them right now, but as battery technology improves and processor manufacturers continue to push the power consumption to speed ratio, expect them to give dedicated devices a run for their money. I hope to see some exciting titles figuring out a way to use the motion detection and touchscreen features in new ways.

Have an opinion on the future of smartphone gaming? A little angry that the BlackBerry is too underpowered to run something like Project Sword? (Check out the free demo at the Apple App Store.) I know you want to. In the meantime, let’s keep these new titles coming.

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