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EA: iPad is the Future Console

If you’ve used a tablet as long as I have, these statements by EA and Epic games comes at no real surprise. Reuters dug a little deeper into Mike Capps’ statement at the iPad keynote last week about the iPad being faster than current generation consoles. He’s given his 2 cents at every iPad announcement for the last 3 years so his incite into what Apple is doing on the gaming front is second to Tim Cooks’.

"Apple is definitely building their devices as if they care a lot about 'triple-A' games. It is quite easy to imagine a world where an iPad is more powerful than a home console, where it wirelessly talks to your TV and wirelessly talks to your controller and becomes your new console," said Mike Capps.

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Frank Gibeau, EA President, shares Epic’s enthusiasm about the platform:

"When the iPad gets to the processing power that's equal to an Xbox 360 and it connects to a television, that's no big deal to us. We'll put the game through the iPad and have it display through the television."

And the buck doesn’t stop there, Crytek’s Kristoff Waardahl has also stated they’ll be concentrating on the platform, "As more people come to these platforms, we have to follow our fans." Crysis for mobile perhaps?

Let’s see what transpires. Currently the install base for the iPad alone is 55 million units, not to mention the other tablets that are out there. It only makes sense in this economic climate that consoles will be replaced by everyday devices and that consoles will become more specialized. Or cheaper. Only time will tell.

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