Side-by-side comparison of gaming performance on iPhone 4s vs. iPhone 5c

Side-by-side comparison of gaming performance on iPhone 4s vs. iPhone 5c

Ever wonder how badly graphics and gaming performance gets compromised in the hottest apps on older hardware? As it turns out, not very badly at all. Maybe that’s why iOS has become a major gaming platform.

One of the ways in which the iPhone has managed to turn itself into a capable gaming platform is backwards compatibility. Although the newest games on iOS are virtually indistinguishable in terms of graphic performance from games on next-generation consoles, they still run just fine, with few compromises, on older hardware.

To see just how good iOS game developers have become at harnessing the graphical power of even older iOS hardware, look no further than Gameloft’s recent Modern Combat 5. A Modern Warfare clone for iOS, Modern Combat 5 looks like it belongs on an Xbox One or PS4 on the iPhone 5s.

But even on a three-year-old iPhone 4s, it looks great, as the side-by-side video above comparing the two amply proves. Maybe not Xbox One quality, but definitely Xbox 360 quality. Completely remarkable.

  • http://twitter.com/gettysburg11s gettysburg11s

    Its amazing that the 4S version of this game still looks pretty good. Obviously, the 5C looks a little better, with the superior graphics hardware, but overall, its nice to see Apple hardware remain viable in the long run (just like their computers).

  • AAPL_@_$101_Is_A_Done_Deal_:)

    It’s game play and no stutters that really matters. Ripples on the water? Meh.

  • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

    It’d have been nice to see the comparison between 4S and 5S for a full generation difference in graphics.

About the author

John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)| Read more posts by .

Posted in News | Tagged: , , , , , |