iPhone 15 Pro Resident Evil
Earlier this year, when announcing the iPhone 15, Apple announced that Assassin’s Creed, Death Stranding, and Resident Evil were coming to iPhone. Few details were given, at the time, and release dates were vaguely kind of up in the air, with some set to be coming sometime this year, and others said to be coming in 2024. Now, one of those games has a release date, and it’s not that far off.
Capcom has announced that Resident Evil 4’s remake will be released on iPhone, iPad, and Mac on December 20, 2023. The game will only be playable on iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max, since the A17 Pro chip is apparently essential to get it working, or on iPads and Macs using M-series chips, like the M1. iPhone owners on the regular 15 or lower, or iPad and Mac users on older gear won’t be able to partake.
That’s, apparently, because the game makes heavy use of Apple’s MetalFX Upscaling, which has dedicated hardware to upscale and improve image quality while keeping performance high. It’s a little bit like Nvidia’s DLSS, in that regard, which works in a similar way, though Apple’s method likely uses a lot of in-house software shenanigans, too.
According to Apple, Resident Evil 4 and other games like Assassin’s Creed Mirage and Death Stranding will look and perform at near-console quality, though we’d expect it will probably be closer to the PS4 than the PS5. Still, for a device that you can hold in one hand, it’s pretty impressive to even get that close.
When Resident Evil 4 Remake is released on iPhone and other Apple devices, you’ll be able to download it for free and play “a limited part of the base game.” After that, you’ll have to cough up the cash — it’ll cost just as much as it does on other platforms, apparently. Given you can play it on pretty much all of your Apple devices, that’s not too bad, but if you’ve only got an iPhone 15 Pro, it might not be worth the high cost.
No release dates for the other two games mentioned have been announced yet.