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iPad 2 Games Look Great On Your HDTV [video]

Wait, does that make it a gaming console…?

One of big new features of the iPad 2 is the ability to stream everything you see on the iPad screen to any TV via an HDMI adapter. We put our iPad 2 to the test and connected it to a 50″ LG HDTV. While I feel the videos below speak for themselves, let me just tell you that it looks fantastic in person. I guarantee that anyone passing by would just assume you were playing an Xbox 360 or PS3 game. Obviously the 4:3 aspect ratio gives it a way a bit, but damn if iPad 2-optimized games don’t look great on a nice TV!

What do you guys think? Does this make the iPad 2 even more appealing to “real” gamers? ;)

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Real Racing 2

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  • Truth

    Is this feature only for the iPad 2? Or can you also do this with your iPad 1, but with less resolution, as long as you have the HDMI adapter?

  • gwet17

    Do you think this will be possible on the iPhone 5?

  • http://www.pyrosmile.org Matt Dunn, USA

    @Truth
    It only works with certain apps, like the video app, on the iPad. On the iPad 2, it literally mirrors EVERYTHING you see on the iPad 2 screen, along with audio.

    @gwet17
    Who knows? I would assume it would though, as long as Apple enables it.

  • http://strangera.com/ Strangera

    Hi guys, great videos! My I suggest you to try do the same thing with Rage HD. As far as I know the output shoot work with the iPad 2 \it works with the iPhone 4\ and the game has pretty stunning visuals, so I will love to see a video of it.

  • Jas

    Per Apple it only works with iPad 2, not iPad 1 (unfortunately, as I have one).

    Will most likely work with iPhone 5 too, but does not with iPhone 4 or my iPod Touch 4 :(

  • Metonymy

    Like consoles, it doesn’t have a real control method.

    Casual only.

  • 3faced

    …but can it run Crysis?

  • JMD

    Not _currently_ supported on iPhone 4 unless you jailbreak it and use the app DisplayOut.
    http://www.iphonehacks.com/2011/03/displayout-jailbreak-app-brings-ipad-2s-video-mirroring-feature-to-ipad-iphone-4-ipod-touch-4g.html

    It’s possible for developers to add the feature tho, so i’m sure game developers will add it.
    http://www.touchcentric.com/blog/archives/123

  • Crunc

    Does this allow you to watch movies in 16:9 widescreen, or is it limited to 4:3? That’s a bit disappointing if so.

  • http://www.pyrosmile.org Matt Dunn, USA

    There is a video output setting that lets you switch from 4:3 to 16:9. I kept it native for the games though, as I didn’t want anything getting stretched.

  • CB

    are developers able to write the games in 16:9 or does the specs of the iPad screen not enable that aspect ratio?

    I’ve wondered for some time.

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