Metal Technology in iOS 8 multiplies the gaming capabilities of the iPhone and iPad [video]




8 together with iOS, Apple introduced a new graphics technology Metal . This API bypasses the layers of standard graphics API OpenGL ES for mobile games for a more direct interaction with the equipment. How serious is the use of Metal features shown in the chart in mobile games, learned commentators AppSpy.


Metal technology is designed specifically for the A7 and A8 processors and leverages multi-core, support compiled shaders and provides full access to the computing power of the GPU to perform graphics tasks and general purpose calculations. To demonstrate the increased efficiency of journalists tested graphically rich projects Modern Combat and Asphalt 8 running on iPhone 5s with iOS 7 and iOS 8. Using Metal allowed to increase the detail and rich special effects saturate the image: clouds shrouded the city, rain, fog, headlights, sparks Roads.


Demonstrating the increased efficiency of iOS developers at WWDC 8 show garden with carp pond and cherry blossoms in the game Epic Zen Garden . This example demonstrated not only a high level of graphics, but also general purpose calculations, which were used for particle interaction and artificial intelligence. «Metal releases enough computing resources so that we can give all the fish in the carp pond individual intellect”, – the developers. Apple has thus added that the use of technology allows a 10-fold increase in rendering speed.

Mobile games have repeatedly demonstrated a high level of graphics capabilities even without the use of the most advanced chips like A8. Now, thanks to technology developers Metal opportunities increase significantly. Therefore, there is no doubt the statement Apple, iOS that allows you to create three-dimensional 8 games console level for mobile devices.

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