Better for gaming, specifically Tegra 3 ONE X or A6 Iphone 5

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by digitalduck, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. digitalduck macrumors regular

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    I know there are other threads that are comparing chipsets in say the Transformer Prime vs Ipad 3 etc, but I am wondering about my curent HTC One X vs an Iphone 5.

    I like the larger screen on the one x but am still trying to find a decent game to play to make me say "wow" I had that feeling when i played Arlon, Infinity Blade and other games on my old I4...I know when it breaks down the retina display sometimes can or cant compare to 720p dispalys, but some gmaes on it just look great.

    However perhaps there are better thigns to come, in which case Id like to see what the Tegra3 is capable of...for now i think im trying to get an I5 because i know what games are already there...vs something that im still new too...advice?

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  2. Beeplance macrumors 65816

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    Most games already look super sharp on the iPhone's retina display, there's no need for 720p displays.

    Heard the A6 chip is able to render frame rates much more better, and so far none of the games I've seen lag on the iPhone 5. It's really up to you. To my knowledge, isn't the ONE X already slightly outdated? Maybe the ONE X+ will be a match for the iPhone 5, but I'm not really sure either.

    Btw, is there Infinity Blade on Android's Play Store?
     
  3. ReanimationN macrumors 6502a

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    The iPhone is far better for gaming. There's a lot more in the way of exclusives, more variety and for the games that are multi-platform, the iPhone generally gets them a lot earlier (e.g. the original Chaos Rings just came out for Android a couple of months ago, whereas it has been out for iOS for over 2 years).

    If you want a bigger screen, the iPhone isn't going to be much help though. Nor is it going to be much help if you want emulators for older consoles, unless a jailbreak is released soon. In terms of the chipsets in each phone, the A6 in the iPhone 5 will give far better GPU performance than the Tegra 3, it's also stronger in CPU performance. Check out Anandtech's review if you want a detailed look at the A6's performance.
     
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Honestly, get the iPhone 5, get some nice bass headphones, and forget about Android. Because there are some slight differences with the hardware inside those HTC phones, but there is nothing worth playing that even uses the Tegra chips. One or two games, sure, but there is nothing that even comes close to the quality of Infinity Blade, and if there is, they're going to play out much better on an iPhone. It's just a gimmick to let them charge you more.
     
  5. siiip5 macrumors 6502

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    The iPhone is horrible as a true gamers platform. Any game that requires you to tap a virtual button on a screen may be good for word with friends or fruit ninja, but lets be realistic, these aren't console level games. They are time wasters and iOS does usually get first rights to games with development sooner and faster, but that is all negated by one thing the iPhone is incapable of doing; using a handheld controller like a PS3 controller.

    Online gaming with Shadowgun: Dead zone is awesome, but if you try to use the on screen virtual controllers, you won't last long. You want some high quality graphics and great game play, try Dead Trigger or Shadow gun THD. Want a racing game, Riptide GP.
    I mention these games first because you can simply plug in a PS3 controller and it is natively supported. No rooting required. If you do root, you can map the PS3 controller for just about every game from Need for Speed: Most Wanted to Modern Combat 3.

    Here is a screen capture of my Nex7 of Shadowgun THD.
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  6. Technarchy macrumors 603

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    iPhone/iOS makes Nintendo and Sony have nightmares.

    It is one of the largest gaming platforms on the planet because the games look and run great and iOS has developers mindshare so it gets the best dev teams and bigger budgets.

    Do you see Capcom in Google play? Nope
    Konomi? Nope
    Namco? Not a single big name game on android. iOS has Soul Caliber, Time Crisis, and Ridge Racer.
    Sega has triple of the number of games on iOS.

    Metacritic doesn't even bother making an android gaming section because android gaming is terrible.

    Epic games created their most profitable game series on iOS. That's Infinity Blade, not on android.

    You do get a nice Infinity Blade scam though: https://play.google.com/store/apps/...?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwiY29tLmFwM3AuaW5mYmwiXQ..

    Even little games like the awesome Punch Quest, companies don't bother putting on android.

    You can however get this Punch Quest adware scam:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/...esult#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5hcDNwLnBxdSJd

    That's a great alternative :rolleyes:
     
  7. matttye macrumors 601

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    ..but Android has emulators for Snes, Playstation, etc.

    There's no such thing as "better" when it comes to gaming on the two platforms - it all depends what the user wants.

    For example, being able to use a controller would be more compelling if I had any interest whatsoever in using a controller with my tablet/phone. I have an Xbox 360 for my "serious" gaming so I tend to just use my iPad/phone for little games like Bejewelled, etc.
     
  8. siiip5 macrumors 6502

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    Infinity blade is a pathetic game. As for namco and the rest those games may not be in the play store, but it is still very easy to get them loaded.
    By the way how do you like playing SNES and N64 and PSP games on iOS? Oh that's right, you can't. How do you like playing first person shooters by trying to tap a screen? That must be awesome. Wanna play Call ot Duty: Black Ops? Sorry, nocan do on ios.IOS is great for those kiddy games. That's about it.
    It is sad that anyone actually thinks that an I device is even close to having the same capabilities as Android. You go play your cutesy timed swiping with infinity blade and get bored repreating the same moves. I just finished Shadowgun and now gonna go shoot the zombies with dead trigger.
     
  9. alwaysbboy macrumors newbie

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    Yes, Apple's Appstore has got many more high quality games than Android, that's a fact.

    But here's the thing, due to iPhones having such small screen size it is not comfortable to play any games on it! You can't even play Angry Birds without squeezing your eyes...
     
  10. matttye macrumors 601

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    Agreed about Infinity Blade. I bought it 'cause everyone was raging about it and got bored after five mins!
     
  11. Beeplance macrumors 65816

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    Agreed. There're many high quality games on iOS that are constantly updating to one day match those of console-quality ones. I think this is quite significant, if you look at Infinity Blade or Real Racing 3, the rate at which game developers are enhancing their games is really astonishing. For gamers, I think this benefits us as well. :)
     
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    If I'm gaming on my phone, I'm on the go, where the ability to plug in a PS3 controller is useless to me, as I most likely won't have one with me, or if I did, using one would be incredibly awkward.

    If I'm at home, I'd rather be gaming on my PS3 or on Windows with a mouse and keyboard. I'm not going to plug a PS3 controller into my N7 and play on a (compared to my TV and monitor) tiny screen.

    Besides, a lot of iPhone games control really well using the touchscreen. It obviously suits some genres better than others, but some games have excellent controls.

    You can get most emulators on a jailbroken iPhone. That obviously doesn't apply to the 5, but personally, other than for RPGs, I find using emulators on a touchscreen device to be a very poor experience. I tried N64oid with Zelda: Majora's Mask and found the controls incredibly irritating. I could, as you would like to point out, have plugged in a PS3 controller and used that, but if I'm going to do that, I'd prefer to plug it into my laptop and use a more powerful version of the emulator which is going to give me far better performance on a much bigger screen. By the way, saying you can play PSP games on an Android is a bit disingenuous, the emulator is basically a proof-of-concept at this stage. There's no way in this world you're going to be playing glitch-free MGS: Peace Walker at a good 30+ FPS on an Android device. Not yet anyway. ;)

    I also realised something recently when getting N64oid though the SlideME market, I went through all that trouble... just to play games I've played over and over and over, and for what amounted to be a subpar experience. The controls were awkward and the emulator wasn't handling the games all that well.
    I came to appreciate the absolute stack of original content iOS has. For example, why play FF6, again (I've played it so many times), under an emulator which isn't optimising the game for the screen size or resolution, input method etc when I could be playing an amazing, original new RPG from Square-Enix like Chaos Rings 2?
    Watch out, the PC gaming master race will strike you down for daring to suggest shooters are playable with a controller. ;)

    You seem to think anything that doesn't involve using a gun to shoot things to be 'kiddy' when it comes to games. If that's what you enjoy, fair enough, but there's plenty of great games in a number of genres on iOS that other people love that don't involve shooting and guns.
     
  13. zbarvian macrumors 68010

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    There are more and better games on iOS, not sure how anyone can dispute that. I guess if you wanna hook up a game controller to your phone (???) and play some old emulators then Android would be the better pick, but really...
     
  14. Beeplance macrumors 65816

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    Hook up a game controller, I wish man:p

    Can't imagine putting a smartphone on the table with a long cable output to an external controller. The sight is almost comedic and retarded :D
     
  15. nickchallis92 macrumors 6502a

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    back to the original point, the A6 is a better chip in CPU and GPU but it's hardly a fair comparison as the Tegra 3 is getting a bit dated now. I know nvidia have this little policy of putting 'ultra high' graphics settings on the nvidia games but that isn't because it's a better GPU. The Mali-400 on the latest Samsungs are much more capable.

    Yes you can argue that the iOS platform has more games but what's the point if you have to play them on a postage stamp?

    Quite frankly you can't go wrong with either android or iOS in the gaming aspect, but the tegra 3 SOC probably isn't the best example for android
     
  16. cynics macrumors G3

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    Then use Bluetooth with the wiimote app. Or root and use the ps3 controller via Bluetooth with the sixxaxis app.

    If you are at home plug the phone into the TV and now you can play console and games that are extremely/impossible to find in real life.

    It's pretty neat to play games from my childhood on a modern TV with a wireless remote. I love how game genie is built into a lot of emulators too.
     
  17. Black Magic macrumors 68000

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    You have it all confused. You are looking at the spec sheet. What good is the best video card and GPU in the world if nobody develops games for it. IOS has all the games and super developer support. Android has some. This is a no brainer. IOS wins hands down.

    Look at specs if you like being a tech demo and showing off one game to your friends all the time. EVO 3D comes to mind.
     
  18. cynics macrumors G3

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    Different strokes for different folks. I can't stand gaming on a iPhone because I'm just looking at the back of my thumbs. I much preferred it on my Xoom because of screen size regardless of games and the 4S had a screen that's infinitely better AND has all the games. I feel the same about the Note or htc but not because of its GPU or chipset it has.
     
  19. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    That is how I feel about gaming on my iphone unless it is a racing game, temple run, or angry birds. Trying to play a game where the controller is on the screen is an awful experience....at least for me.
     

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