Originally Posted by melgross
I think games would have to be at 1920x1080. I'm not saying that they couldn't be higher if the device could handle it, but if we're going to get video out for games, which is a possibility, even if not at first, but in the summer with iOS 5, then they would have to match the big screen capabilities, which is 1080p. Doing a live convert would be too much at the same times a live display. But the CPU is supposed to be able to run 1080p like "running water".
Of course, we would like to use the entire display of the iPad, so there would have to some thinking there.
But with these specs we're talking about, the iPad2 would be more powerful than the PS3 and 360.
Hmm... one word: heat. Even after shrinking it's logic, PS3 Slim still runs reasonably hot with its bulk, heatsinks and active cooling. Squeezing that sort of power - or better - into a tablet, if possible at all, would be painfully expensive.
Additionally... in order to utilise such gaming power, iPad would require adequate storage and distribution media. iPad cannot come with built-in DVD/BR, and if they would refer to DL games, iPad's storage would have to be really huge (which puts us back into price problem).
They could use something like SD cards for games media, but for that they'd have to include SD card reader - we'll see if something like that will happen.
Anyway, to cut the long story short - I don't think iPad as a platform is primed for hard core gaming. But I wouldn't mind to be wrong here - that would make iPad much more interesting for me.