Apple iPhone 5S event showcases Infinity Blade 3 using new 64-bit A7 chip

At Apple's annual fall hardware launch event, the company announces its brand new 64-bit A7 chip while Epic Games takes the stage to demo it with Infinity Blade 3.

At Apple's annual fall hardware event, the company announced that the iPhone 5S would pack the A7 , the first ever 64-bit smartphone chip. To demo that unprecedented graphics performance, Epic Games took the stage to announce Infinity Blade 3.

"Graphics look quite good, on-par with the Xbox 360 and PS3. Probably not up to the next-gen units, though," said CNET's Tim Stevens, who was live at Apple's Cupertino event and witnessed the 64-bit demo firsthand.

The game -- produced by Epic Games and subsidiary Chair Entertainment -- will feature two playable characters and focus on the off-and-on-again battle against an enemy dragon players must contend with throughout the entirety of the game.

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The 64-bit chip in the iPhone 5S allegedly has graphics performance 56 times that of the original iPhone, and 40 times its CPU performance. "That's almost five times faster than on a iPhone 5," said Chair Entertainment co-founder and creative director Donald Mustard during the onstage demo.

With the A7's graphical capabilities alongside iOS 7's Logitech controller support , mobile gaming will continue to be an increasingly more integral part of Apple's core focus.

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Infinity Blade 3, the third installment in the popular iOS series, will be available in the App Store for $6.99 alongside the iPhone 5S launch on Sept. 20. It will be compatible with the iPhone 4 and up, the iPad 2 and up, the iPod Touch 4 and 5, and the iPad mini.

Check out the official Infinity Blade 3 "Reborn" trailer below:

Update at 12:57 p.m. PT: Added additional details on release and pricing.

About the author

Nick Statt is a staff writer for CNET. He previously wrote for ReadWrite and was a news associate at the social magazine app Flipboard. He spends a questionable amount of his free time contemplating his relationship with video games while continuously exploring the convergence of tech, science and pop culture.

 

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