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From New Gaming iPhone to Rare's Mystery Countdown- News Roundup 8th June 2010

Jonathan Lester
apple, E3, Games news, iPhone 4, LucasArts, Natal, rare

Apple Announces iPhone 4: Good For Gaming?


Apple has unveiled the iPhone 4 in a surprise announcement at their WWDC. The latest iteration of their staggeringly popular smartphone will feature a screen with over 4 times the pixel density of the original, an A4 processor (that also powers the iPad) and an internal gyroscope. It’ll release on June 24th in the US and UK, though we don't have a price point yet. Preorders will begin next week.

The big news for us gamers is that the iPhone 4 will feature an integrated gyroscope that will provide extremely precise motion control. According to Apple, this gyroscope will allow user acceleration, angular velocity, and rotation rate to be detected with similar precision to the DualShock 3. Jobs is convinced that the increased accuracy of the iPhone 4's MoCon input will make for better games (putting the iPhone in direct competition with Nintendo's DS... just as they feared). Not only that, but the increased pixel density promises to deliver much shiner graphics. However, game quality tends to be very mediocre on Apple's mobile platforms, with developers more concerned with making a quick and nasty buck rather than a truly excellent game. There are exceptions, but they'll have to seriously up their game if they want the iPhone to be a serious handheld contender.

Here's a video of the announcement- in case you missed it.

Lucasarts Reveal E3 Lineup


Another company has revealed their secrets to us, though you might be a little surprised at the brevity of Lucasarts' lineup.

  • Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic

Whilst this list is admittedly very short, Lucasarts did hint at there being "more" titles in the offing that they aren't revealing yet. Perhaps it could be the rumoured Starfighter remake or LEGO Clone Wars? Personally I'd give my left leg for Battlefront 3...but we'll have to wait a few more days to find out.

Rare Tease... Something


After their (godawful) 25th birthday rebranding, Rare have updated their ugly site with a countdown, an avatar and the slogan "One in a million." No other clues, folks- though we can piece together a few ideas from what we already know.

It's likely that "One in a million" could be Rare's new slogan (since it's technically the definition of the word "Rare")- and I doubt it has anything to do with their new announcement. Our current prediction is that Rare's going to be unveiling their Natal fitness/yoga title... or some sort of upgrade to the 360's avatars. Maybe a PS Home-style virtual space?

Our money's still on the fitness game. Whilst the mighty has certainly fallen a long way these last few years, at least we know that they've been working on something. Why not take a misty-eyed look back at the history of this classic British developer in our recent Game Buzz[Rare]