John Carmack, the programming genius behind titles such as Doom, and Quake, has demoed a version of his latest game, Rage, running smoothly on the iPhone.
At a keynote at the QuakeCon gaming convention in Dallas, Texas, USA, Carmack showed off a tech preview of Rage, running on an iPhone 4 at a silky smooth 60 frames per second.
This is an impressive feat considering that from the looks of the demo, the game will give little away to the full-fat versions running on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms. Carmack said that the game will also run on an old 2G iPhone, but that it would be most impressive on the iPad.
Carmack revealed that the iPhone version game came about after thinking about building a version of the game for the Wii - but clearly he was more taken with what the iOS4 platform could do.
“This is incredibly cool on an iPad, the touch, moving around looking at it…and the visceral feel of just kind of dragging things around is very, very neat.”
Rage is Carmack’s first major ticket title since Doom 3, and will be based on iD Software’s Tech 5 gaming engine, which was announced as far back at August 2007.
The iPhone version of the game however, is expected to appear in the App Store before the end of the year, with a follow up to come in 2011 in line with the console and PC versions.
To get the full impact of the impressive demo, be sure to check out the video above.