Developers divided on iPad prospects

Developers divided on iPad prospects

By Stuart Richardson

May 13th 2010 at 11:21AM

While some see it as a game changer, others are confused about its purpose

A recent Develop feature on development for the iPad has seen conflicting views from the development community about the potential of the platform.

And while the praise was glowing, with some developers claiming that the iPad will make social gaming fun again, others remain confused on what to build for the platform.

“It isn’t a home computer, and from comments that I’m getting at the moment on Twitter and our forums, people don’t seem to understand yet that it’s unlikely they’ll see full blown PC and Mac games on the device,” said Sports Interactive's studio director Miles Jacobson.

iPad discoverability is also a major concern for developers.

“As more and more apps launch for the iPad, we do expect the general challenges of discoverability and price erosion to increase,” confessed Popcap mobile business development director Andrew Stein.

“Developer are going to be faced with more competition from within the platform,” said Arkadium game production director Jeremy Mayes.

“Early polls also seem to indicate that buyers were less interested in gaming on iPad than they are on the iPhone.”

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