There was a huge focus on gaming (certainly a lot more than USB-C) at the Apple Wonderlust Event where the company unveiled the iPhone 15 series.
Most notably, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max promises to support console and PC games that were previously beyond the capabilities of mobile hardware. These include a lineup of AAA games, including native versions of gaming classics like Resident Evil 4 Remake, Resident Evil Village, Death Stranding, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage. Death Stranding: Director’s Cut was already announced to be heading to Mac earlier this year at WWDC 2023. What’s particularly noteworthy for these games is the addition of ray tracing, promising an enhanced gaming experience on the iPhone.
This announcement marks a significant milestone for mobile gaming, especially with the inclusion of Assassin’s Creed Mirage. This will be the first time that a console/PC Assassin’s Creed game will run natively on iOS, distinguishing it from cloud streaming or upcoming mobile-only titles. While it’s exciting to envision playing modern AAA games on mobile devices, the performance and battery life implications remain to be seen.
Regarding release dates, Resident Evil Village, Resident Evil 4 Remake, and Death Stranding are expected to arrive on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max later this year. However, Assassin’s Creed Mirage is slated for the first half of 2024, which is a bit later than its console and PC counterparts, set to release on 5 October.
Apple boasts a pro-class GPU in the iPhone 15 Pro, claiming a 20% increase in speed with a 6-core design that balances peak performance and energy efficiency. The new A17 Pro chip is expected to usher in a new era of mobile gaming with swift, efficient performance and the added benefit of hardware-accelerated ray tracing.
In addition, the iPhone 15 Pro features a Titanium frame and Ceramic Shield front cover, so it might survive getting chucked at a wall if you get scared playing Resident Evil on your phone.