Next wave of tablets to match PS3 & Xbox 360 visuals, says EA’s Gibeau

Thursday, 4 July 2013 11:04 GMT By Dave Cook

EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has stated that the next wave of tablet devices will match the graphical capabilities of PS3 and Xbox 360, following confirmation that EA is to bring Frostbite experiences to mobile platforms.

Speaking with IGN, Gibeau said, “In the near future, the next wave of tablets and phones will have nearly Xbox 360 or PS3 capabilities in terms of graphics. Some of our engine technology that used to be console-specific now can, with modifications, be able to power games on tablets and on phones in the near future. We’re just getting ready for that.”

Gibeau added that bringing those console experiences over to tablet isn’t just a matter of porting them straight across. They need to be tailored to the format, he stressed, “You have to redesign the game. You can’t just bring it over and have a virtual D-pad on the tablet. It doesn’t work.

“You have to re-architect it around touch, voice, camera. Our teams are having a lot of fun with that, reimagining an experience on a tablet using the same graphics and assets in some ways, but completely remixing the meal. Same ingredients, completely different meal. That’s kind of the way we think about it.”

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