∞ Real Racing 2 HD to get 1080p video output

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.)



  • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

    This is going to be so incredibly awesome, but I won’t get my iPad 2 before the end of April, so Firemint still has some time to this update out of the door.

  • Anonymous

    Now all we need is the same thing with a thinner cable powered from an A5 equipped iPhone.

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      If the next iPhone has the required processing power, I bet Firemint will update their app to take advantage of it. I’d like to see the look on the face of Sony’s head honcho for the PSP, once he sees a demo of an iPhone driving a 1080p display.

      I think we can safely say that the iPad 2 delivers better graphics than the Wii already.

  • Vamsmack

    The only way this could be more awesome is if a naked chick was wailing on a guitar in the background.

    Now all I need is an HD TV & an iPad 2.

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      Nah, I wouldn’t like that.

      “STFU woman, I’m driving, I need to concentrate!”

      I thankfully have a 24″ Dell Monitor that sports a nice HDMI input, but I, too, need an iPad 2 :)

      • Vamsmack

        I forgot to mention she is also making sammiches for the Pit Stops ;)

        • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

          Ok, that I can get behind.