EA Executive Believes Next Generation Tablets Will Feature Console Quality Graphics

Paul Lilly

Color us skeptical

EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has raised a few eyebrows by suggesting that the next generation of tablet devices will catch up to the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and Xbox 360 in the graphics department. While the potential is there, we have a hard time imagining such a scenario when tablet makers are so focused on delivering lower cost devices, though maybe Gibeau knows something we don't.

Bibeau made his comments to IGN , saying that smartphones will also soon boast console quality graphics.

"Some of our engine technology that used to be console-specific now can, with modifications, be able to power games on tablets and phones in the near future. We're just getting ready for that."

It won't be as easy as making a port, however, as technical challenges will have to be worked through. According to Gibeau, it would take a complete redesign of a game.

"You can't just bring it over and have a virtual D-pad on the tablet. It doesn't work," Gibeau said. "You have to re-architect it around touch, voice, camera."

This is clearly a goal of EA's, with the publisher having recently announced Frostbite Go, a mobile version of its Frostbite engine for Android and iOS. For reference , Frostbite 2 was used to create Need for Speed: The Run and a handful of Battlefield titles, while Battlefield 4 will be the first title to use Frost 3.

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