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iPhone 15 Pro: Potential AAA gaming console contender

The new A17 chip with enhanced GPU, ray tracing, and 3nm manufacturing makes the iPhone 15 Pro's hardware highly capable for AAA gaming

Apple unveiled its latest iPhone 15 Pro series, which includes 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, at its recent launch event called ‘Wanderlust’, positioning the devices as serious contenders in the gaming industry. The tech giant emphasized the 15 Pro’s gaming capabilities during the launch event, announcing hardware and software improvements aimed at providing a premium gaming experience on par with dedicated consoles.

Hardware Capabilities Rivaling Gaming Consoles

The iPhone 15 Pro is powered by Apple’s newest A17 Bionic chip, which utilizes a 3nm manufacturing process for improved performance and efficiency. Apple claims the chip offers up to 20% faster processing compared to its predecessor. Additionally, it supports new graphical features like hardware-accelerated ray tracing, commonly found in high-end PCs and consoles. When paired with gaming accessories like the Backbone One controller, the 15 Pro’s raw hardware capabilities could rival portable consoles.


The availability of more AAA console and PC games on the 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max suggests Apple’s intention to compete with handheld gaming consoles like the Lenovo Legion Go and ROG Ally.

AAA Console Games Coming to iPhone

Alongside the hardware announcements, Apple revealed several AAA franchises releasing on iOS in the coming months. Titles like the Resident Evil 4 remake, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, and Death Stranding will be playable on the iPhone 15 Pro. Release dates for the mentioned games vary, with some available later in the year and Assassin’s Creed Mirage expected in the first half of 2024. Console quality games coming to iOS marks a shift for Apple, which aims to compete directly with established players in the gaming industry.

AAA (pronounced “triple A”) refers to games produced and distributed by a mid-sized to major publisher, typically having higher development and marketing budgets. AAA games are usually released for the major gaming platforms like PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Challenges to Overcome

Despite impressive hardware, Apple faces challenges in positioning the iPhone as a mainstream AAA gaming platform. Apple Arcade’s limited success highlights issues around developer relations and incentives. Game studios also prefer developing for platforms like Windows instead of iOS. Battery life during graphics-intensive AAA gaming sessions is another concern. The 15 Pro’s premium pricing could also limit its audience versus mainstream consoles.

The iPhone 15 Pro starts at Rs 1,34,900, while the 15 Pro Max is available from Rs 1,59,900.

The Future of Mobile Gaming

By matching the raw power of gaming consoles, the iPhone 15 Pro’s capabilities could redefine mobile gaming. As Apple’s silicon continues advancing rapidly, it may outpace traditional console generations. Combined with video-out support and universal controller compatibility, future iPhone models have the potential to replace dedicated home and handheld consoles. While hurdles remain, the 15 Pro represents a major step towards the slogan “Play it on PS5, Xbox Series X, and iPhone” defining the gaming landscape.

In summary, the iPhone 15 Pro’s robust hardware and support for AAA titles positions it as a formidable gaming contender. If Apple can garner developer support and solve issues like battery life, its tremendous reach and processing power make the iPhone a candidate for mainstream AAA game releases, potentially changing the dynamics of the gaming industry.

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