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Game devs on board with the iPhone 6, Apple Watch


Apple unveiled its shiny new toys at a conference today, including the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and iOS 8. A lineup of game developers are already signed on to play around with Apple's new chip, the A8, which supports 64-bit and is 50 percent more energy efficient than the A7, allowing people to play games for longer periods of time, Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller said during the show. See Engadget's liveblog here.

Apple's new Metal API allows games to perform better than on OpenGL, Schiller said. Developers on board with Apple's new moves include Epic Games, Ubisoft, EA, Disney, Square Enix, 505 Games, CD Projekt Red and Zynga, among others shown off during today's conference. New developer Super Evil Megacorp announced its first game on the Apple stage; it's a mobile MOBA called Vainglory. "The MOBA perfected for touch," the tagline reads. It's due out in October for iPad, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. See a trailer below.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus drop on September 19, iOS 8 is available for download on September 17, and the Apple Watch is due out early next year. The Watch requires wearers to own an iPhone 5 or newer Apple device. There's no word on any games coming to the Apple Watch just yet, but Johann Sebastian Joust designer Douglas Wilson gives us hope with one tweet: "Getting a LOT of tweets asking about JS Joust for the newly announced Apple watch. I have all sorts of tech/design q's. But, interesting!"

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