iPad 2 goes into home console gaming territory

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If console gaming and handheld gaming got together and collaborated to produce something awesome, this would likely be one of the first real tests of that relationship. So you've got a nice HDTV at home for your console gaming needs, except your console's stuck in your electronics cabinet or stand with a stack of game discs lying nearby. You've also got a mobile phone or a tablet to bring with you on the go, so you can play some racing game on the subway while a few of your fellow commuters looks at you with an odd stare.

What about the best of both? You'd like your games to go with you, but you prefer a large screen to game on, and you'd rather do it all in the privacy of your own home. If these are your wishes, check this out:

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A teaser posted on Australian developer Firemint's blog demonstrates an upcoming update to their iPad 2 racing game, Real Racing 2 HD. The new addition here is taking advantage of 1080p output support offered by iPad 2. But instead of simply mirroring the image from the iPad 2 to the television, the action is shown on-screen and the iPad 2's display shows statistics and an overview map. In essence, the iPad 2 is the (informative) steering wheel of a gaming console.

We'd imagine other racing games appearing on the iPad 2 may choose to do away with the map and replace it with a realistic dashboard, complete with an animated steering wheel, gears, pedals, an instrumentation panel, and a honkable horn.

For now, the real downside of this arrangement is finding a long enough HDMI cable to string your HDTV and iPad 2 together. In addition, HDMI cables are far thicker than ordinary controller cables for gaming consoles. Perhaps a wireless solution should be in Apple's pipeline in the near future.
 

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