Why ray tracing can make iPhone 15 games more fun

  • iPhone 15 Pro is powered by the new A17 Pro chip, which will enhance gaming performance.
  • The chip offers hardware-accelerated ray tracing for the first time.
  • Graphically intensive games will get better performance and battery consumption.

Your next iPhone will soon run like a gaming console.

iPhone 15 Pro runs the new A17 Pro chip, with special emphasis on enhancing GPU capabilities. This advanced "pro-grade" GPU uses a new 6-core architecture that Apple claims improves performance and saves energy. The device promises GPU performance improvements of up to 20% and introduces hardware-accelerated ray tracing for the first time.

"Ray tracing provides better level design, better gameplay, and therefore a better user experience," MY.GAMES platform relations manager Pavel Shkarpenin told Lifewire in an email interview. "Apple has been saying for years , we can expect unprecedented quality and gaming experiences, and the ability to bring a hyper-realistic feel to games with advanced lighting technologies such as ray tracing means Apple can deliver on this promise more effectively."

Launched at the recent Apple Wonderlust event, the iPhone 15 Pro will come with a range of AAA games, such as native versions of Resident Evil 4 Remastered , Resident Evil Village , Death Stranding and Assassin's Creed Phantoms . Apple also touts significant performance enhancements and the introduction of ray tracing to improve the gaming experience on iPhone.

"The combination of incredible iOS optimizations and Apple silicon performance makes the new iPhone better than ever for gaming," said Shkarpenin. "While we didn't see the 120Hz (or even 90Hz) refresh rate on the cheaper iPhone 15 , but the refresh rates on the flagship 15 Pro and Max models make these two exciting prospects.”

Shkarpenin said ray tracing, a lighting technology that brings extra realism to games, will be a big help, but the A17 Pro's new architecture and upgrades are also key components.

"Mobile gaming relies heavily on efficient capabilities because you're using your phone to do other things, and you're not necessarily connected to a power outlet every day to play games, which reduces battery life," he added.

Nate Amaral, brand and communications coordinator at gaming company ExitLag, said in a report that the new A17 Pro chip appearing in the iPhone 15 Pro series brings two major new features for a better gaming experience: two new GPU cores and the Apple Neural Engine that work in conjunction with the GPU. Send an email to Lifewire. He said this means Apple is following Nvidia's path - using GPU architecture to achieve better performance and higher efficiency.

The combination of incredible iOS optimizations and Apple silicon performance makes the new iPhone better than ever for gaming.

“Graphically heavy games like Asphalt 9 or Genshin Impact will not only result in better graphics, but also better performance and battery consumption, making the iPhone 15 Pro / 15 Pro Max Reaching 60/120 frames per second becomes a possible reality” added. "The new iPhone 15 GPU brings a higher quality of life to all gamers."

Steve Athwal, general manager of The Big Phone Store, noted in an email that the components of the A17 Pro chip will enhance its gaming capabilities.

"For gaming, the key components will be the GPU and NPU, as they work together to quickly deliver processor-intensive gaming graphics," he added. "When playing games, the Neural Engine acts as an 'upscaler,' similar to DLSS on Nvidia RTX graphics cards. This allows low-resolution graphics generated by the GPU to be 'upscaled' to a higher resolution and run games at higher speeds. With lower native resolution, the GPU can run faster.”

Gaming on iPhone will soon get better. Amaral said the most exciting possibility is that Apple could bring new GPU architecture, ray tracing and upgraded features to its M3 series, which relies on the A/A Pro chip series.

He added: "We can expect better graphics and GPU computing capabilities in M3 Macs and iPads, which, coupled with the industry's continued adoption of ARM/mobile architecture, paves the way for Apple to become a true gaming competitor."

The combination of a top-notch screen and a new chip could make the new iPhone a serious competitor to devices like the Valve Steam Deck or the Logitech G Cloud. But at least for now, serious gamers still have to turn to Windows computers to get the widest range of game availability.