There are a few people within the video game development world that when they speak about a particular console, no matter who manufactures it, you listen. One of those people happens to be John Carmack, co-founder of id Software. That particular company just released a new title for the iPhone and iPad, called Rage HD. The title is a First Person Shooter (FPS) title that’s meant to show off the power of the iPad, but according to Carmack, they haven’t even begun to touch on the power of the device.
Carmack, in a recent interview, said that the iPad easily has enough power to overthrow the Nintendo Wii. Not only that, but he also pointed out that the iPad also shows off its power, better than about a quarter of Xbox 360 titles. He admits that Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 have significantly more power than Apple’s tablet device, but that most of that power is wasted, while the iPad’s potential hasn’t nearly been realized.
Of course, with comments like this from Carmack, it just shows even more proof that the iPad, even if it is a tablet without any kind of physical controls, is a strong contender in the mobile video game market. Unfortunately, Carmack did say that he doesn’t believe id Software will begin focus on mobile gaming, as he believes that the tablet device is more of a social device, and that just isn’t a focus for the company at this time.