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Old Dec 6, 2012, 05:11 AM   #1
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iPad Mini performance as a gaming device

Morning all,

Have a iPad Mini 16GB 4G on its way tomorrow. I know its based on iPad 2 hardware so how will it perform with the latest games such as GTA:Vice City and FIFA 13? Will be most dissapointed if there is a lot of slowdown etc...

Any experiences?
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 05:40 AM   #2
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Exactly the same as an iPad 2.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 05:44 AM   #3
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Which in turn will be good enough for Vice City?
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 05:46 AM   #4
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Which in turn will be good enough for Vice City?
Maybe... expect some stutter though. Or they might have removed some visual effects to keep the FPS high and steady.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 05:50 AM   #5
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 06:16 AM   #6
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Well thats cleared up any worries! Looks excellent.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 02:06 PM   #8
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Which in turn will be good enough for Vice City?
Runs great on the iPad 2.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 05:46 AM   #9
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i was playing FIFA 13 on my way to work this morning.

It felt like it could be a little smoother but it was playable.

i have nothing to compare it to right though, no iphone and no retina ipad
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 06:20 PM   #10
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Exactly the same as an iPad 2.
I used to think that. And it's a solid theory. But so far I've found one iPhone game and one iPad game that won't work on the Mini.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 07:10 PM   #11
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I used to think that. And it's a solid theory. But so far I've found one iPhone game and one iPad game that won't work on the Mini.
What ones?
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 07:54 PM   #12
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Which ones are they? I would like to test them on my Mini
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What ones?
The iPhone app is Blockade by One Day Beard, and the iPad app (actually, universal app) is Cat Physics by Donut Games.

Blockade has graphics corruption and Cat Physics just locks up.

I hope you guys try these; I will be curious to see if it's "just me" or others as well. On the other hand, I don't expect you to spend money on something I don't think will work on your iPad Minis!
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Exactly the same as an iPad 2.
Wrong. Vice City crashes and lags on an iPad 2 but does not on my iPad Mini.

Games are fantastic on the Mini, GTA VC is very smooth, Graphic intensive games work perfectly fine. It's absolutely great from simple puzzle games to games like the newest Shadowgun.

I play more games on my iPad Mini than on my full sized iPad!

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You won't see much of a difference other than in load times on 2D and simple 3D games, but it'll stutter with more intensive games. They might disable certain visual effects, or they might go with the lower framerate.
Actually own one?

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I think ipad mini could be a good device but for gaming i'd prefer Ipod touch. Its portable, beautiful retina screen, similar price it has double the storage. I just think Tablet should be used mainly as substitute to your PCs. Surfing, video, light gaming and those are all better on original Ipad size.
I feel the opposite. The iPod touch 5G is way too small for my needs. I would use it for music but I gotta have a much a bigger screen for apps and gaming.

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I used to think that. And it's a solid theory. But so far I've found one iPhone game and one iPad game that won't work on the Mini.
Which ones are they? I would like to test them on my Mini
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Exactly the same as an iPad 2.
And exactly the same as an iPad 4. And twice as good as an iPad 3.

(iPad 3 and 4 have to push four times as many pixels as an iPad mini or iPad 2. An iPad 3 is twice as powerful, while an iPad 4 is four times as powerful).

Obviously, the iPad 4 offers the best quality (namely Retina quality), but performance wise (think frame rate, think special effects) there is no difference.
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And exactly the same as an iPad 4. And twice as good as an iPad 3.

(iPad 3 and 4 have to push four times as many pixels as an iPad mini or iPad 2. An iPad 3 is twice as powerful, while an iPad 4 is four times as powerful).

Obviously, the iPad 4 offers the best quality (namely Retina quality), but performance wise (think frame rate, think special effects) there is no difference.
iPad 4 gets everything (Retina, best frame rates, all the special affects)

then its iPad 2

then iPad 3
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Have been playing Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II on mine. LOVE IT. No lag whatsoever.
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You won't see much of a difference other than in load times on 2D and simple 3D games, but it'll stutter with more intensive games. They might disable certain visual effects, or they might go with the lower framerate.
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Sorry, but this isn't an Low-End Android device. Gaming is fine on it.
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I've been playing games like GTA3, FIFA 13, Dead Trigger, Rage HD, ShadowGun, Bladeslinger, MetalStorm, etc. perfectly fine. No hiccups, no lag, nothing. iPad mini works wonderfully as a gaming device.

I'm going to download the new Modern Combat game tomorrow and see it how it runs.
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I've been playing games like GTA3, FIFA 13, Dead Trigger, Rage HD, ShadowGun, Bladeslinger, MetalStorm, etc. perfectly fine. No hiccups, no lag, nothing. iPad mini works wonderfully as a gaming device.

I'm going to download the new Modern Combat game tomorrow and see it how it runs.
I played on it and while it was playable and very easy to play on the mini (light weight), I turned on my iPad 4 and the game SCREAMS. I love my mini so much but the 4 definitely is the superior one for high end games. I think the ultimate iPad is coming next year in the form of an all new 5 at under 1 lb.
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I played on it and while it was playable and very easy to play on the mini (light weight), I turned on my iPad 4 and the game SCREAMS. I love my mini so much but the 4 definitely is the superior one for high end games. I think the ultimate iPad is coming next year in the form of an all new 5 at under 1 lb.
Oh, I bet! I'd love to see how the new Modern Combat game runs on the iPad 4. Must be sick!
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Oh, I bet! I'd love to see how the new Modern Combat game runs on the iPad 4. Must be sick!
Yeah I wish it was a little lighter but it definitely made the switch from 3 to 4 a little more justified.
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