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.

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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 reporter for CNET News covering Microsoft, gaming, and technology you sometimes wear. He previously wrote for ReadWrite, was a news associate at the social-news app Flipboard, and his work has appeared in Popular Science and Newsweek. When not complaining about Bay Area bagel quality, he can be found spending a questionable amount of time contemplating his relationship with video games.

 

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