In an article posted on Venture Beat (via N4G), Apple is making a case that it should be your portable gaming platform.
As you can tell from all of the numbers in this story, Sony and Nintendo have something to worry about. The newest iPhone 3G S is an extremely capable 3-D graphics handheld and supports the OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics standard. Hubert Nguyen of Ubergizmo believes that the graphics in the new iPhone could display something that looks as good as Half-Life 2 — a stunning game on the PC from 2004. I’ve already noted how the graphics on id Software’s Doom Resurrection on the iPhone looked truly amazing.
21K games is an amazing number, but let’s be realistic about the types of games contained in these numbers. It is not as if something of the magnitude of Gran Turismo is available on the iPod (of course it is not yet available on the PSP, but I digress). As I have written before, I just do not see the iPod as a viable gaming platform. Not for gamers – maybe for casual pick up and go gaming, but for more serious fun? Madden, FIFA, etc?
Even if the iPod could get the IP equivalent to something like a Mario title, the controls are just not the same. While iPod could make a run at RPG titles or maybe text based sports simulations (OOTP or FM on the go would be fun) I just do not see playing something like FIFA on the iPod. Maybe I am just different than everyone else.