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Rock Band, Tekken & New Firmware Hit iPhone

Gordon Kelly


Rock Band, Tekken & New Firmware Hit iPhone

Looks like Steve Jobs' continual assertions that the iPhone and iPod touch (not iTouch please!) are serious gaming platforms is gathering credence today with news both Tekken and Rock Band are targeting to mobile OS.

The former isn't official as yet with Namco guru Jonathan Kromray telling the Washington Post: "It's about being able to get the game mechanics right. If we can take Tekken and make it really fun to play on the iPhone, then we will. We do have a back cataloge of Japanese games that we're working on, as well as some new IP."

As for Rock Band, while I'll admit pretend instruments games baffle me somewhat as a moderately untalented guitarist, it should also cause waves with an iPhone OS launch imminent. Guitar, bass, drums and vocals will all make it across and PocketGamer has managed to scoop a pre-release hands-on and came away impressed.

Furthermore, developer Harmonix is looking to add Bluetooth and co-operative online multiplayer modes as well as make regular updates available with new downloadable content and tracks. Watch out Tap Tap Revenge 3...

In related news Apple has slid out a minor firmware update for the iPhone and iPod touch. Version 3.1.2 is primarily "bug fixes and improvements" and lists the following three major changes:

  • Resolves sporadic issue that may cause iPhone to not wake from sleep

  • Resolves intermittent issue that may interrupt cellular network services until restart

  • Fixes bug that could cause occasional crash during video streaming
The 241.7MB download is available now and hopefully won't bring with it a rash of new problems...


Pocket Gamer

Apple iPhone UK


October 9, 2009, 8:35 pm

"The former isn't official as yet..."

this just brought my dreams crashing down with a sickening bump :(

A Scotland

October 9, 2009, 9:05 pm

And I was blaming O2 for the fact that callers have been getting my voicemail most of the time and my text messages have been arriving several hours after they were sent. I also had the problem with the iphone not waking from sleep. I wonder then whether these really are sporadic issues or how many others have experienced these problems?


October 9, 2009, 9:40 pm

@Scot Blame o2 for that. Im on 3 since 3.0 and never have problems with phone calls, txts or voicemails. The only thing is it does have trouble waking up from sleep mode some times, for that I blame Apple.


October 10, 2009, 6:00 pm

AT&T are going to allow VOIP on their network in the US now all eyes are on O2 they better do it


October 10, 2009, 8:43 pm

I don't see how the iPhone can ever be considered a "serious gaming platform". Apple wants you to believe it is, but it is ridiculous to accept that.


October 10, 2009, 10:02 pm

@ Scot

I had network disconnect problems too. If I got into bad signal, it wouldn't connect again until I waited a good twenty minutes or if I reset it. This is on the 3GS.

All good now, and my girlfriend on the iPhone 2G has had her battery problems go away altogether.


October 10, 2009, 11:03 pm

@Nytol: I think Gordon meant a serious platform for (casual) gaming rather than a platform for serious gaming.


October 11, 2009, 4:06 pm

"bug fixes and improvements" I'm guessing one of those is to block syncing with the Pre again.


October 11, 2009, 5:06 pm

Unfortunately since the upgrade, I now get regular unexpected quits from the iPhone mail app when trying to send messages on my 2G iPhone.

Anyone else had this? (I've tried resetting, then re-entering mail and smtp server details again to no avail.)


October 11, 2009, 8:07 pm

@Simon nope this is an iPod/iPhone update not an iTunes update but they will break it again sometime


October 12, 2009, 6:55 pm

SRS - Are you on a iPhone original, or iPhone 3G?

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