A lot of developers see this as a big wave that could make Apple a de facto player in the video game console market, which is currently dominated by the likes of Sony and Microsoft. Both those companies have been slow in developing their next generation of console hardware, and both systems are aging. Meanwhile, the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S are fairly shiny and new, with thousands of games in their respective iTunes App Store stables, and a huge new segment of gamers. Services such as OnLive, which allows users to stream PC games to their computers and TVs over the Internet, are also adding support to the iPad. With the right apps, it seems, your iOS devices may really be able to do everything your Xbox and PlayStation can do.
There are a bunch of great iPad games out there, and iPhone games besides, that would be pretty effective as console games. But unfortunately, there arenít that many that really drive the experience that consoles and PC games currently deliver. Itíll take a concerted effort to make some bigger, more involved iPad games to really give the big players in video games a run for their money.
But itíll take some really big, awesome titles to really make a splash that traditional gamers notice. Mobile games still tend to be smaller and less robust than major video game releases, and until more games seem like they can stand up to more traditional video games Ė or at least provide a comparable experience Ė itíll be tough for Apple to replace what gamers already know and trust.