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Firemint, the studio behind Flight Control and Real Racing, released a video today showcasing a new update they're working on that displays their latest Real Racing title running in full 1080p HD via a video out cable to an HDTV. Few things we've ever seen have so completely convinced us that dedicated video game consoles are outdated technology.
The graphics are astounding, if perhaps not up to par with the highest quality racing games consoles have to offer. What was even more interesting is the way the iPad screen itself doesn't just show a mimicked copy of what's happening on the screen. It functions as the controller already, but in this video it's displaying a big, clear copy of the track's map. Which reminds us of the Nintendo DS. Firemint has said that it could even show real-time telemetry for hardcore racers.
This announcement comes coupled with the announcement from last month that Valve will create a new system for controlling Steam games on any television with a controller. Put those two together and it definitely seems like the console gaming industry is under a ton of pressure to reform their business. It will be extremely interesting to see how technology like this will affect the new batch of consoles.
This new tech will be featured in Firemint's next big update to Real Racing 2 HD [iTunes Link], which they say will make it the first iOS game to support full screen video out tech.