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Epic Games, the developer of the popular Unreal Engine gaming series, had recently announced the launched the imminent launch of Unreal Engine 3 on Apple iPad. As part of the announcement, the company’s vice president, Mark Rein said that the tablet form factor was very much part of the future gaming environment and that the day was not far off when you will have an XBox 360 in a tablet form factor. Rein said,
“Imagine a future Xbox 360 that is actually a tablet you carry around. It will have more power than 360 does today, with technology like Kinect built right in. Imagine walking into a bar with some friends, propping it up on the table and playing games like Dance Central or Kinect Adventures anywhere you go. Then when you get home that same device will use technology like AirPlay or wireless HDMI to connect to your big screen, you’ll pick up a wireless controller, or use your phone as controller to play games like Gears of War.”
Of course, this is not any indication of what is to come in the future. But given Epic Games’ experience in building games for the various platforms, Rein’s words are not entirely speculative either. What do you think?