Mobile gaming may be rising like a rocket, but tablet gaming is not far behind as the big screen that is endemic to the gadget is really great for a lot of titles.
The new iPad Pro comes at a perfect time, because even since the iPad Pro 2020 launched about a year ago, gaming on tablets has gotten a lot bigger and better than it was. There are many new console-quality games and popular services to choose from, so tablet gamers are in luck.
The rise of the gaming service
Gaming subscription services are one of the best new title repositories for mobile gamers. Android tablet users will get the Google Play Pass and the new iPad Pro will get access to it Apple Arcade.
Sure, Apple Arcade was there in March 2020 when the last pro-tier iPad came out when the service launched in 2019. But it came out with 60 titles and has now been expanded to a whopping 180, with the quality of the content available now arguably being higher too.
Apple Arcade features a range of action and puzzle games and is primarily designed for iPhone users – we’ve done it before complained about the lack of iPad-centric titles – but there are a number of games that work well on larger displays.
However, there is a world of games beyond Apple Arcade when you check out their game streaming services. Over the past year, Xbox Games Pass and Google Stadia have become huge sources for great games, with the former receiving the entire suite of Bethesda titles and the latter receiving the best service to play cyberpunk.
The latter isn’t technically available for iOS yet, but it’s in beta for Android devices and will likely show up on your iPad screen soon. However, the former is on iOS and it’s great.
Streaming services work well on iPads. You can pair game controllers via bluetooth or use on-screen controls as needed. If you’re a fan of blockbuster video games, your tablet is now legal to use in place of a console – a statement we probably couldn’t have made before the 2020 iPad Pro launch.
Outside of the services
Perhaps the most exciting game developments in the tablet world, however, are taking place outside of subscription services. Instead, they are in the console and PC titles are ported to iOS.
Over the past year, major strategy games like XCOM 2 and Northgard have been ported to iPads (news from the latter actually prompted this article, in the sense that it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back).
These aren’t all lazy broadcasts though, and the games have been ported with touch controls and big screens in mind. You will feel like a commander in a real battle, desperately typing commands on a touch display rather than a human playing a game.
These titles combine other games such as Tropico, Rome: Total War, and Civilization VI, which were previously ported to iPads. Hopefully they are just the beginning of a trend as more and more developers realize that there is a huge audience for mobile and tablet strategy games.
Put the “able” in tablet
The world of mobile gaming is exciting, although at times it can be difficult to look beyond the lazy cash-ins that are based on popular franchises or the idle titles that are supposed to consume your money. Overcome these, however, and there is a large world of games.
While iPad Pros are typically devices for professionals (hence the name), the same processing power that makes them ideal for video editing and music processing also lends itself to gaming.
When the 2021 model is half as powerful as we expect or have it The mini LED screen we heard might be gettingit could be well tuned for gamers. But as we discussed earlier, it will also be possible to make the most of a huge library of available titles.