Now that Apple has announced its upcoming Apple Watch wearable computing product that ties in to the iPhone for complete connectivity, video game publishers are interested in exploring how their products can work with the device. Electronic Arts is just one of the major third-party publishers investigating how to bring new ways to play to the Apple Watch and devices like it. CVG explains:
"Now with Apple's big announcement with the watch, there's a trend here where wearables are going to increase in performance, capability and unique functions over time that we believe will enable gaming experiences.
"In fact," [Executive vice president of EA Mobile Frank] Gibeau added, "we have two teams prototyping wearable experiences that are not only standalone, but also some ideas where you can actually use the fitness component in the watch that can unlock capabilities in the game that might be on your iPhone.
"Or you could do crafting or some other auction trading on your watch that goes back into your tablet game that you might check out later when you get home.
I'm curious about the Apple Watch and would definitely find ways to use it if I owned one, but I'm not rushing out to buy one on the first day it's for sale. As for gaming, while the obvious first step is to try to bring popular app games to it, I'd like to see console games integrated with it. It could be a much more useful second screen experience. Imagine if an important key statistic or two was displayed on the watch such as remaining hit points or ammo left in a weapon. You'd have to turn the watch around on your wrist so it faced you while holding the controller, but it'd be easier to juggle that holding a tablet or PS Vita in your lap while playing. There's definitely potential here, but like with all new ways of interacting with technology and information, it'll take time and testing to fully understand what works and what does not. Still, I'd like to believe that there are more useful and compelling ways to use the watch for gaming than just crushing candy.