Firemint Brings Split Screen Gaming To Apple TV

By Alastair Stevenson on October 8, 2011, 5:03PM EDT

EA's mobile games studio Firemint has unveiled new technology allowing Apple TV owners to enjoy four player split screen gaming using their iPad and iPhone.

The tech was showcased in Firemint's new Real Racing 2 app. In its demo the Australian studio showed players playing the app through an Apple TV using iPhones and iPads as controllers.

The devices all reportedly sync using Apple's Airplay service, which allows users to play the game in real-time over local Wi-Fi networks. The demo showcased the app using the player's iPhone or iPad screens to relay additional information, suggesting the possibility of similar split screen gaming mechanics to those seen in demos of Nintendo's forthcoming Wii U console.

Firemint representatives went on to confirm the app supports the iPad 2 and future iPhone 4S devices. "This takes AirPlay to the next level of iOS gaming," commented Firemint on the new app. "[F]acilitating wireless local multiplayer for up to 4 players simultaneously in a split screen display output to your HD TV using an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S as the host."

Later adding: "In addition to these great new features the update
promises gorgeous graphical enhancements that make use of the iPad 2 & iPhone 4S A5 processor."

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