iOS 5 Brings Dual-screen Gaming to the iPad via Apple TV


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You may have seen Nintendo’s big announcement at E3 2011. The company unveiled a new tablet controller as part of its new Wii U console that adds an extra dimension to typical game play (see below). Well, it turns out that iOS game developers can now do similar — though not exact — things with iOS 5 and AirPlay. Below is a demo produced by Engadget showing off “Real Racing 2 HD.” You’ll see that the iPad functions as both the controller and an info panel for the TV displayed game. The only negative Engadget found is that there’s a slight delay between the iPad and Apple TV when using AirPlay, being that the communication is done over Wi-Fi, which could pose a problem for games like “Rock Band” where timing is critical. However, if you’re a regular reader of this site, you can imagine other use cases, besides game play, where second screen activity can find a home — i.e. Social TV. Exciting stuff!

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