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

Thursday, 4th 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.”

What do you think of the current state of tablet tech and how the next wave might compare to current-gen consoles? Would you be keen to game on tablets more if these experiences were transitioned successfully? Let us know below.



  1. Pytox

    uhm they have already shown bf3 running on tablets

    #1 2 years ago
  2. actuallyisnotafox

    dont know what to make of this 1) its 8 year old tech 2) tablets arent that good for gaming as its a tablet not a controller 3)next gen coonsoles are probably like 5 times the size of these tabelts so we shouldnt have to worry? 4) i doubt devs will push that graphical limit on a tablet game

    just my input so im probably wrong but yeah..

    #2 2 years ago
  3. manamana

    As long as the gameplay and depth don’t match the graphical fidelity, it’s only a graphical showoff and marketing tool for the engine.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Ge0force

    And the gameplay matches a lousy FB game :(

    #4 2 years ago
  5. lexph3re

    The funny thing is…. They will also cost as much as ps3 and 360 upon release. And be limited to controls as well, this will be interesting to watch people clamor over these devices

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dimaco

    Glad to hear (read?!) I’m not alone to think this whole “tablets mania” thing is all gimmicks and bollocks.. at least as long as Gaming is concerned.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. _LarZen_

    With just more and more great games coming to tablets this is great news. But I do hope Apple opens upmthe possibilities for using a controler. If the rumors that iOS7 wil support this it could open up tablet gaming for even more people.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. lookingglass

    If this is the generation that’s killed by mobile and tablet, every person who whined about the original Xbox One plan is to blame. Making publishers and developers less profitable and adhering to decades old standards is no way for an industry to thrive and evolve.

    Within 5 years these devices will overtake the PS4 in power, but there will be an order of magnitude more in the wild. I wonder where the games will go? XBO will be in even worse shape unless the cloud even lifts.

    You’re going to see longer dev cycles, shorter games, more DLC, more microtransactions, and more devs and IPs disappear than the industry has ever seen before. All so you can buy used games and play offline. What a dumb ass trade.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Ballisticon

    Not quite sure what to make of this. Is it a good thing that a tablet will have the graphics capability of an 8 year old console? Huh? Aside from the horrible control scheme why would I want to pay for a game that looks that bad? For convenience sake? Do people really play games on their tablets? Maybe they do. I don’t mostly because the controls are terrible.

    Of course, Vita was supposed to change that and that system was the worst hardware purchase of all time for me…and I bought the Jaguar. Maybe that PS4 remote play will make it worthwhile…except they gimmicked the controls with that stupid back touchpad instead of making it like a true PS controller. Way to go.

    Is it possible to use a 360 or PS3 controller with a tablet? That is what they should be working towards. If you do play games on a table I would think it’s on a plane ride or car ride or train ride…a place you can prop up the tablet and break out the controller.

    I don’t know, I just don’t understand the whole ‘tablet gaming’ thing. Maybe for Bejeweled and the like.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. RocknRolla

    what a bullcrap statement, trying to advertise tablet? piss off..

    #10 2 years ago

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