Back in the day, there was a theory that desktops would go the way of the HD-DVD. With the introduction of tablets, let by the iPad, claims that desktops would fall away as most people don’t use them. Even powerful laptops would fall away as they could simply use a tablet. Unfortunately, that had not come to pass. More so, it won’t come to pass even with the introduction of the iPad Pro.
When Apple introduced the new iPad Pro at an event on Monday, they touted it was as powerful as the Xbox One S. “It provides an experience that rivals consoles for the very first time,” was thrown around at the event. To drive home their point, they had 2K Games onstage to show it playing NBA 2K19.
The iPad version of NBA 2K19 renders at more than 6 million pixels and clocks in at 60 fps. Those are impressive numbers, and the demo certainly looked smooth on-screen. The updated iPad Pro’s new specs, which includes a substantial increase in CPU performance and double the GPU power, makes it comparable to an Xbox One S, according to Apple.
There are two reasons why this won’t work: price and power.
The iPad Pro will run you $800. Yet, the Xbox One S will cost you $200. Gamers know that the Xbox One S is a supped up version of the original Xbox One. Now, if it had the specs that matched or beat the Xbox One X, we could talk.
Okay, so you had NBA 2K19 run on your demo. To be honest, it doesn’t need a huge controller experience as if you were play playing Battlefield, Call of Duty, or even Marvel’s Spider-Man. The biggest misstep that Apple made is comparing it to a console that can do more than simply play Minecraft or Fortnite.
Are you going kidding? Forza is going to look better on an iPad than on a 4K television?
That doesn’t mean the iPad Pro isn’t a good gaming device. It’s powerful and portable. It’s not as tiny as a Nintendo Switch, but it does offer a more versatile entertainment experience. Gaming is a function the iPad Pro is equipped to provide, but it’s not the primary function. It’s not a home console, and trying to market it as comparable defies what the device was originally designed for.
The games that are often best suited for the iPad Pro are ones you can pick up and return to when you’re on the go. Only to kill time without much focus. Apple can market the iPad Pro as a piece of hardware that’s capable of running powerful games. However, it’s doing a disservice by promoting AAA titles that most players are going to put hours into while sitting on a couch in front of their PlayStation or Xbox.
Apple, stick to what you’re good at.