Jan 16 AT 8:22 PM Sean Riley 29 Comments

Big screen gaming with the LG Optimus 2X phone

An oft repeated sight at CES this year was a dual-core phone or tablet hooked up to a 50″+ TV to display either games or 1080p video to the amazement of all that would behold it.

I had grown so accustomed to it that it took being home for a brief period to remember that we don’t actually live in that world quite yet and that it is still an impressive feat. Watch the video below to see our own Nick Gray go head-to-head on an Optimus 2X with a hapless opponent at the LG booth in a Mario Kart-ish game Shrek Kart from Gameloft (Thanks Vlad) (We never caught what the game was so if anyone knows please let us know in comments). Up close and personal the image wasn’t perfect, but the frame rate was excellent and considering the absolutely flawless 1080p playback we saw displayed elsewhere it seems likely that the imperfections were due to the game not being designed for that resolution.

We are still short a proper control scheme for hardcore gaming, but now that devices are actually coming to market with the requisite power to play them I’d be surprised if we don’t see more solutions for that shortcoming emerge and of course the Playstation phone will certainly be taking aim at filling this very gap.

As Taylor pointed out in his recent post on the Atrix 4G the writing is on the wall for Android to leverage the lessons of Chrome OS and Google TV to take aim at being the one device to rule them all for you at home, at work, or on the move. I feel like the prediction that we will just be carrying one device that does everything is made every year, but that possibility did seem within reach at CES this year (albeit with the help of a couple accessories).

Getting back to the Optimus 2X we know that it is coming to Korea and Europe in the next couple weeks and filtering out to other countries in the following weeks and months. Speculation has been that T-Mobile might be the U.S. launch partner. If you missed our hands-on video and photos of the Optimus 2X you should check them out here.

Assuming the game developers start delivering content that fully utilizes the power of the forthcoming dual-core handsets would you consolidate your gaming and mobile worlds or do you prefer to keep them compartmentalized?

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website Vlad

    The game is “Shrek Kart” by Gameloft. It’s also in LG’s promo vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwn02TnjzXY

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Ah Gameloft, no wonder I hadn’t seen it in the Market.

      Thanks for the heads up Vlad.

  • http://Website R.S.

    Get one of those apps that allows you to use a Wii controller and it’s like having a mini game console in your pocket.

    • http://Website Joe

      Are you referring to the Gyroscope?

      I wished people would stop referring the Gyroscope to a Wii controller, because several other devices also have it, including the iPhone 4gen.

      The Gyroscope, a sensor, is used in games such as Modern combat 2 from Gameloft. There’s a lot of videos of the gyroscope on youtube showing how its helpful.

      I also have an iPod touch in addition to my Android phone, and the Gyroscope makes a huge difference when playing first person shooter games, because it makes it a lot quicker to aim.

      • http://Website cosmos

        Umm, no he means using a Nintendo Wiimote in conjunction with the Wii Controller Android app. I too wanna see if this would work good on the 2X, especially with some Geneseis/SNES emu action! :D

      • http://Website Darren

        Correction fail

        • http://Website Gladiator_Posse

          Question Fail…

  • Noice

    Gah I wish this was going to be released state-side at the end of the month. I want, want, want.

    HSPA+, Top-of-the-line specs (even if Atrix beats it in a column or two) and a solid design for the hardware.

    I just hope LG appreciates the stock android world more than it’s competition.

  • http://Website Kennon

    It’s not 1080p but I have been using the video-out on my Samsung Captivate to play all my Android games on my 55″ screen TV at home for like 6 months. PSX emulator and all the Gameloft titles and recently Dungeon Defender all looks really good on it.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I wasn’t trying to short change the current high-end handsets, I’ve made pretty good use of the HDMI out on my Droid X, but I think it was largely viewed as a novelty up to this point. Even ignoring the gaming space the impending arrival of apps like Hulu and Netflix might make people start taking these abilities far more seriously.

    • http://Website Vlad

      According to the LG/Nvidia guys, the current HDMI equipped phones have some lag. It’s very small (fractions of a second), but that can count in some games. Have you experienced this or is this just PR BS?

    • http://Website Gladiator_Posse

      I have also been utilizing the video out from my Vibrant, however the Gameloft games give me the black screen saying video out not supported, phone display only…just like the EA games. The emulators rock hard though! My money goes to Yongzh…or Yonghz…or Yhongz…

      • http://Website CTown

        I cannot wait for a phone that can emulate DS games. Mario Kart DS has to be the best hand-held game EVER! It’s even better than the Wii version.

  • http://Website Mark

    Pointless. I buy Android to play mobile games when I’m away from the house, on a long trip, long line, bored etc. When I get back home, I plug my xbox into my 56inch with surround sound and play full console hd games not to play angry birds or some other gimmicky touch game.

    • http://Website Dave

      I agree.

      I never use video-out on my phone, and I don’t think its needed.

    • http://Website UniqueNate

      Another reason why that’s your opinion. So if you don’t use it that way then continue to not use it that way. Simple as that. Others who like the feature and like using it that way will. It shows that phones are coming a long way and improving the quality. Have a family moment and at a persons house and happen to have a movie on your phone, but the persons house your at doesn’t have the movie. Say everyone wants to watch it. If they have a HDMI cord then you saved them all. I mean it can be used for anything. It’s the point of options. Not everything in this world is going to meet just your needs. If you can find something that will be pointless to everyone then it’ll make sense to me.

      • http://Website Gladiator_Posse

        Tampons seem pretty pointless to me. I’d never use one…other people in the population might disagree though…so I wouldn’t publish such an obvious observation.

  • http://Website ╦╦╦ Kung Fu Panda ╦╦╦

    the iPhone 4 has much more power than this korean junk phone!

    • http://Website Darren

      Yes, Mr Panda, it’s extremely likely that the A4 CPU (underclocked to 800MHz) in the iPhone 4 has more power than two cores each running at 1GHz. It’s obvious really when you think about it.

    • http://Website Art

      If you think an 800mhz (iphone 4) is faster than two 1Ghz cores, then there is something wrong with you.

    • http://Website bigwhoopwanttofight

      @Mr panda wtf shit apple fan boys are dumb, dual core…. dual? I know its hard to comprehend 1ghz is better than 800mhz? And then if you x2 its more than double you fucking puberty louse! You have shit on your fur its all matted …..

  • http://Website Brandon E

    Forgive me follow android users for i have sinned i recently bought a ipod touch and i beg for your forgiveness

  • http://Website AndroidLuvR3R1

    @ Kung Fu Panda…….I believe everyone has a right to their own opinion but if you have never felt or experienced this phone hands on………please keep your negative comments to yourself because I can guarantee you that no one in this room gives a crap about the iphone.

  • http://Website rockinEvo

    Why is he still looking at the phone when he can just look at the screen

    • http://Website TDizzle

      If I had to guess…because he has to. Part of the reason why this whole touchscreen game craze won’t replace console gaming, no matter how hard they push it. Three words: Tactile. Physical. Feedback.

  • http://Website khush

    not an apple fan boy or anything and this looks great but apples next chip is suppose to have 4x the iphone 4s graphical power while android is barley catching up to match the iphone 4 with dual core phones

  • http://Website Melissa88

    I love my iPhone too. I am NOT switching to anything else.



    • http://Website William Wimberly

      ^^im switching to iPhone 5 as soon as its available! Cant wait.

  • chris0101

    Does anyone else think that this is the future of mobile gaming? Tighter integration with TVs, PCs, and other consumer electronics? Phones are getting more and more potent – their hardware is approaching a point where much more powerful games are practical.