The product and info loaded keynote presentation of the 2012 WWDC has come and gone, but fans of Apple are still buzzing from the all the announcements. While it didn’t get as much attention as iOS 6 or the stunning new MacBook Pros, it was exciting to actually see a segment of the show dedicated to gaming. And what they had to say was incredibly exciting.
Game Center Comes to OSXPrior to the WWDC, here are some important numbers to keep in mind:
Apple’s Game Center has 130 million users
Users post 5 billion scores to Game Center every week
Apple TV Airplay MirroringAlready a hit for iOS devices, using Airplay to mirror your Mac on the big screen seems like the next logical step. People have been clamoring for it for a while and finally have it with the release of Mountain Lion in July. Now movies, music, and yes, games can be streamed directly to your Apple TV. Excessive wires to connect machines are becoming less and less of an issue, making for a clean, streamlined home entertainment system. Games like Diablo III or Civilization V will now be able to run on your television. With the new Apple TVs capable of 1080p, it will look absolutely gorgeous while doing so. Combine this with the added integration of Game Center that’s even more connected gaming on your television. Depending on what kind of games you play it’s making the need for a game console seem less and less necessary.
MacBook Pro with Retina Screen
For many this was the highlight of the presentation. If ever there was a Mac laptop designed to handle gaming, this is it. Here’s a glimpse at the high-end specs:
- 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
- 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory (up to 16GB possible)
- Up to 768GB of flash (SSD) storage
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
- Up to 7 hours of battery life
- Retina display: 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors