iPad vs. BlackBerry Playbook: Gaming Potential

By Posted 28 Sep 2010, 12:46

While the majority of tech enthusiasts are pretty excited about RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry Playbook tablet, we should point out that the Playbook will be able to handle some serious 3D games thanks to it’s impressive hardware.

The iPad has only just come to market as a viable gaming device, but the BlackBerry Playbook, due to release next year has the potential to blow the iPad out of the water in terms of gaming potential. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why.

Firstly, the Playbook will come equipped with a dual-core 1GHz processor. That is some serious power when you compare that with some of the other mobile devices on the market. The iPad only has a Cortex-A8 CPU, while the Playbook will be running on a Cortex-A9 dual core CPU.

A few details in this report by Softpedia also confirms that the Playbook will be able to support 2D and 3D gaming via Open GL. For those of you thinking that this is just a multimedia tablet device, think again as it has the potential to churn out some impressive games, as long as developers decide to support it of course – which I’m sure they are already thinking about.

Another vital ingredient for gaming performance on tablet devices is RAM. The iPad only supports around 256MB of RAM according to an iFixit teardown, the BlackBerry Playbook will come with 1GB. On top of that 1GB of RAM, RIM also state that the system will feature ‘symmetrical dual-core processing’.

I’m not sure about you, but I cant wait for developers to get their hands on this device. Mark my words, the PlayBook will become a gaming system in it’s own right next year.