Resident Evil 4 Remake Will Be Surprisingly Costly on the Apple Device
Apple recently announced its latest iPhone models, including the iPhone 15 Pro, which the company claims is capable of playing console-quality games. Capcom’s iPhone 15 Pro port of the Resident Evil 4 remake is one of the first games aiming to prove this claim, and it will be released on the device later this year. However, it appears that console-standard games will come with console-standard pricing. The game is now available for pre-order on the iOS Store, but only those with devices capable of playing it – iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and some iPad Pro and iPad Air models – can access it.
In the UK, the base game is free, but it includes a number of in-app purchases, one of which is £57.99 for ‘Resident Evil 4’. The US App Store is charging $59.99. The addition of a $60 / £58 in-app purchase implies that the initial ‘free’ 700MB version will be some sort of demo to show the game running on the device, at which point players will have to pay for the full game. Apple claims that the iPhone 15 Pro is a powerful mobile gaming machine, enabling higher-quality graphics and rich, immersive game worlds never seen before on a smartphone. The device features a new 6-core GPU and a faster Neural Engine, which provide a major performance upgrade from the A17 Pro chip. The GPU has new features like mesh shading, which lets games create detailed environments while drawing less power, and for the first time, hardware-accelerated ray tracing, featuring the fastest ray-tracing performance in any smartphone.
Sribalan Santhanam, VP of Apple’s silicon engineering group, said that they have added brand new features to the GPU, which will help games create detailed environments while drawing less power. Other console games, such as Assassin’s Creed Mirage, The Division Resurgence, and Death Stranding, are also headed to iPhone 15 Pro in early 2024, but pricing has yet to be confirmed for these games on iOS. While some people are excited about the prospect of console games coming to the iPhone 15 Pro, others are skeptical about the device’s ability to handle such games. Some users have reported that the device overheats badly, thermal throttles, and drains the battery too quickly.