Firemint has announced plans to add 1080p output support to Real Racing 2 HD. The new feature will be supported by the iPad 2 and will be available in the next major update (Firemint stopped short of announcing when that update is coming, however). Firemint claims this to be a first for any iOS game.
[ad#Google Adsense 300x250 in story]Real Racing 2 HD is the latest iteration of Firemint’s realistic racing game for iPad and iPad 2. It feature 30 real-world cars, multiplayer support and 15 different locations to race.
You can already connect your iPad 2 to an HDTV using Apple’s iPad HDMI cable; the iPad 2 mirrors everything that’s going on on its screen on the big screen. It’s already a fun way to race – especially since Real Racing 2 HD lets you use your iPad 2 as a virtual steering wheel, tilting the device to turn. But right now, Real Racing 2 HD doesn’t fill the screen of a widescreen TV – there are black borders on the sides of the screen.
The update will provide full HD resolution, no scaling, no borders, at 30 frames per second, according to Firemint.
Firemint has prepared a video of the development version of the game supporting the new feature. It’s interesting to note that the HDTV in this tech demo does not mirror the video output of the iPad. Instead, the iPad display show a map of the track and other information, while the HDTV provides the driver’s eye view of the race. (Hat tip to Blake Patterson of Touch Arcade for pointing this out on Twitter.)