'The Incident' to Turn Paired iPad and iPhone Into TV-Focused Gaming System

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In a blog post yesterday, Big Bucket Software revealed that a forthcoming update to its retro iOS game The Incident will allow the iPad to output the game display to a television while also allowing an iPhone or iPod touch to serve as a game controller.
No seriously, this is totally real and totally awesome.

This is a beta of The Incident 1.3 running my TV. Here's how it works:

1. Plug your iPad into the TV
2. Pair your iPad with your iPhone or iPod Touch
3. Sit on your couch and play

And that's it. You never have to get up to touch the iPad. You do everything from the controller. It works great.
There are a couple of interesting aspects to this forthcoming release, with TV output capability being one of the key ones. While other applications have allowed users to connect their iPads to their televisions via 30-pin Dock to VGA or Component cables, The Incident's developers took the extra step of tweaking the artwork and user interface to properly display on the aspect ratio of a widescreen television, which differs from that of the iPad. The extra step offers users a more natural feeling console gaming experience on their televisions.

The second key feature is the iPhone controller mode, which is already available in Version 1.2 of The Incident. The developers have ensured that everything can be controlled by the iPhone, eliminating the need for any input on the iPad and allowing it to serve simply as a game console connected to the television while the user controls everything wirelessly from their couch using the paired iPhone.
When we decided that 1.3 was going to be all about TV output we knew it would have to feel exactly like a console. You should never need to diddle with the iPad for any reason. The controller would have to be able to control every aspect of the game; menus, gameplay, all of it. And in 1.3, it can.
There is no word yet on a release date for the TV-capable update to The Incident, but the developers have been moving very quickly with updates to the game and will likely be pressing forward to have it in the App Store as soon as possible.

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Skika

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Hey thats an great idea, but i think the iphone is not a good controler becouse you are not looking where the buttons are(which is not a problem when you play a game on the iPhone itself because you are looking at the screen anyway), no tactile response. It even shows on the demo he only used the iPhone's accelerometer to control the game. It would be awesome to pair the PS3 controler or to the ipad because it uses bluetooth technology.


THAT WOULD BE A WHOLE ANOTHER SHOW :cool:
 

aristotle

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So for about $1000 I can play crappy games on my TV.
Awesome.
A thousand dollars? What country do you live in? I bought the top of the line 64bit 3G iPad up here in Canada and it did not cost anywhere near that amount. You can always buy cheaper models without 3G and with lower storage.

This will be great for people who have an iPad and either an iPhone or iPod Touch to play the game on the TV in their hotel room with just the composite video cables.
 

Skika

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A thousand dollars? What country do you live in? I bought the top of the line 64bit 3G iPad up here in Canada and it did not cost anywhere near that amount. You can always buy cheaper models without 3G and with lower storage.

This will be great for people who have an iPad and either an iPhone or iPod Touch to play the game on the TV in their hotel room with just the composite video cables.
But you need both the iPad and the iPhone.

Lol at 64bit iPad. I know what you meant but still.
 

phillipduran

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So for about $1000 I can play crappy games on my TV.
Awesome.
No. This will just be one more thing that can be done with an iPhone and iPad.

If you only bought an iPad and iPhone to do this. . . well that would be awesome:rolleyes:
 

fpnc

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This (TV-focused gaming technology) looks like a minor evolution over a game like Chopper 2 which already does TV out and allows you to use another iOS device as the controller. I'm not trying to compare the games themselves (since one may be great while the other is trash -- YMMV), but is this new version of 'The Incident' really that news worthy (okay, I get it, they've tweaked some things)?
 

byulasfjazz

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yadda yadda yadda

WOW this is AMAZING!!!


except this was done a LONG time ago...

look up CHOPPER 2

Been using my iphone for a controller ON MY TV for a few months now

o news here
 

Ryox

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Wish there was a way to play games with iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch through the new Apple TV
 

47u2caryj

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This reminds me of sitting in front of my Nintendo twenty years ago.
~$1000 isn't that far fetched when you include the cost of the phone.
Interesting adaptation though.
 

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There are some really fun iOS games but I don't think I've ever had the urge to play them on a big TV. Just seems quite silly to me. Though it does look inventive and they probably had a lot of fun doing it.

There's nothing on there as fun as say, what a Wii could do with New Mario, Metroid etc (just picking the cheapest console available).
 

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Airplay... Just skip the ipad all together and wirelessly stream your game to your big screen tv while using the iPhone as a controller.
 
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