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  • Hidden Code Turns iPhone into TV Gaming Machine
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    An iPhone developer was able to find hidden code in the SDK that allows iPhone games to be played on a wide screen TV. ArsTechnica's Erica Sadun collaborated with Freeverse, makers of Moto Chaser, and experimented with the APIs. Just a few hours later, the TV version of the iPhone game was made.

    They used the iPhone's accelerometer for input and steering and routed the game's video through a video-out cable to the TV. Freeverse says that the game ran best on the second-generation iPod touch, because of its 532MHz processor.

    Freeverse says that Moto Chaser is “nearly playable” because it maxed out at around 20 frames per second. Bruce Morrison, of Freeverse , says the "norm for commercial games is 30fps, a point at which motion becomes as smooth and watchable as normal TV video." The game’s sound quality was initially lacking, but it greatly improved when pumped through some decent speakers.

    All in all the dev effort took under 3 hours!...iPhone/TV gaming on its way!

    Source: AppleInsider | Hidden feature turns iPhone into TV gaming device
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Hidden Code Turns iPhone into TV Gaming Machine started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      ^ Erica's a woman, lol.
    1. jabregousmc's Avatar
      jabregousmc -
      so if the gas is hardwired down...what about the punch? he never once tried punchin the guy on the other motorcycle (even though his thumb was on the screen the whole time?) weird.
    1. helitx's Avatar
      helitx -
      so, what equipment (cables, etc.) do you need to do this? or for that matter to play any videos from an iphone on a tv?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by helitx View Post
      so, what equipment (cables, etc.) do you need to do this? or for that matter to play any videos from an iphone on a tv?
      Just the regular A/V cables. iPhones already can output to TV music and videos, they just made it so their app can also output to TV. Like these (I'm sure you can find cheaper generic kind elsewhere, I just went quickly to the apple store)

    1. SIRIUSISSUES's Avatar
      I'm sorry. This looks fake to me too.
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stalli_ker View Post
      Thaats tight! when and Where do i get it?

      We'll tell you as soon as you grow up and stop putting "First" in threads like a Sophomore in highschool.

      Nice edit. Stop putting "First" in threads.
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 461am View Post
      Oh, I was wondering why he wasn't hitting the guy, they're just focusing on driveability for now. Pretty cool tho, I need to get me one of those video cables.
    1. Treeml's Avatar
      Treeml -
      FAKE FAKE and DOUBLE FAKE.....

      to conclude...ITS VERY VERY FAKE.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Treeml View Post
      FAKE FAKE and DOUBLE FAKE.....

      to conclude...ITS VERY VERY FAKE.
      Yes, a well-known developer for the iPhone with a number of top-seller apps made a fake video of him working with Erika (one of the most influential people in the iPhone modding community) showing a test application he compiled to see if the TV-out function which only worked with the ipod.app works on apps of his own creation JUST to get a rise out of people.

      You and everyone else calling this a fake is an idiot. Developers like him shouldn't even need to prove themselves to skeptics like you, he's awesome enough just getting the thing running.

      Here's a quote from him on another forum he posts in (SomethingAwful if anyone cares):

      Quote Originally Posted by Hippieman View Post

      We did some unapproved API hacking today, and we output our game, Moto Chaser to a TV using the iPod AV Cables.

      Here's a video of it.


      We get about 20 frames a sec, give or take. Right now, no touch events are registering, so we hard wired the game to have the gas down. But the tilt is 1 to 1. Makes the iPhone a hell of a game controller.
    1. v01d's Avatar
      v01d -
      def. fake
    1. 461am's Avatar
      461am -
    1. Je5's Avatar
      Je5 -
      Oh come on just because he has some AV cables hooked up behind that TV that is supposed to prove that it is real.!!! and his tilting is off from what is being showed on the screen..

      Oh well if its real then well see...
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      AppleChic, is your only news source MacRumors? You always post the exact MacRumors stuff, days after it's first released...
    1. jordan19s's Avatar
      jordan19s -
      thats kool
    1. oliverhart77's Avatar
      oliverhart77 -
      Erica Sadun is a HIGHLY RESPECTED DEVELOPER IN THE IPHONE COMMUNITY. Ever heard of the iPhone Developers Cookbook? or maybe you should go to TUAW (sister site of Engadget) and check her profile. For those of you that dont know, Engadget is in the top 5 when it comes to tech blogs. You really think someone of her magnitude is going to waste time reporting this-only to have it be a hoax??? It would take longer using Final Cut or After Effects to make this "fake" video than it took to hack the API and actually make this possible. You people that keep saying its "def fake" need to read more. Million bucks says youre a bunch of 15 year olds with nothing better to do except sit around on a half-assed blog site like this. (No offense modmyi, but you guys really do report stuff the bigger sites do only days later, and even go as far as using the exact same wording from the orignal posts on macrumors, engadget, ars, etc)
    1. off10hot's Avatar
      off10hot -
      Don't worry mods, I believe. So who is going to call zodttd and get NES TV out and make the whole iphone the nes controller. They are almost the same shape as the original controllers. The possibilities are endless.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      ^ agrees with noodle boy for once.

      skeptics - shut up. why is everyone so quick to yell hoax?

      oh, and @Chase - lol.
    1. blazingangel1986's Avatar
      blazingangel1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carrbone View Post
      This Looks Fake-

      1. Why is he pushing the gas opposite side?
      2. the gas pedal also Lights up with ur fingerprint when PUSHED. wheres that? Since its just a video out it should show everything, no?
      and most importantly...
      3. The game doesnt even start on a ROLL.. its starts at a dead stop.

      In fact theres no loading of anything related to the game,no menu, levelbike selections-

      looks like he's watching a video not actually playing.

      There could be reasons
    1. iphone3g99's Avatar
      iphone3g99 -
      Is there really any real use for this though? I have better games to play on my TV!! free iphone
    1. prodigy's Avatar
      prodigy -
      This is very nice. Like people have already said it will be very nice to see emulators with a TV output like this. I want to play Mario Bros and Street Fighter on the TV using my phone as the controller!