Big Bucket Studios turning iPads and iPhones into consoles and controllers

Love the iPad, but find that it just can't compare to console gaming? App developer Big Buck Studio is working on a more 'console-y' solution which will allow for portable games to be streamed to nearby TVs and controlled with iPhones and iPod Touches.

According to Big Bucket's Matt Comi, the idea is in development for version 1.3 of their iPad game, The Incident, with the goal being to replicate the feeling of old-school console gaming.

"My goal with 1.3 was to make it possible to treat the iPad as a console; plug it in, start the game, sit on the couch. No more interaction with the iPad is necessary. For example, if connectivity is lost for any reason, the iPad will automatically pause the game and start looking for another controller. Totally seamless," explained Comi.

Tethering the iPad to the TV may seem counter-intuitive to the whole portable movement, but idea is sound and, if done right, it open the door for a metric ton of retro gaming goodness.

You can follow the complex process at Big Bucket's blog.

Nov 10, 2010


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  • awsomemaster - November 11, 2010 7:43 p.m.

    @Cleanser247 i wouldn't mind an Apple apple
  • Cleanser247 - November 11, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    @MartinGlow That would be great! Apple will soon have something for everything. Apple microwaves, dishwashers, washing machines, cars, clothing, food, ECT.
  • MartinGlow - November 10, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    You know, I was thinking... If Apple were to ever make a console, I think a controller with touch screen on it would be awesome! Like, there can still be analogs, triggers, and face buttons, but the centre of it can be touch screen! Imagine games where you have inventory, or have stats. The touch screen can be your menu for quick access to items/quests/weapon load outs, etc. It could even be used as a spot where your conversation wheels could be. The only problem; what if not too many developers will use such a feature... But that's just me though. This article reminded me of that idea.

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