BlackBerry demos Unity, Bluetooth gamepad support at GDC 2013

BlackBerry 10, Unity and gamepad support - Can it get any better?

By Simon Sage on 28 Mar 2013 12:55 am EDT
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We got cozy with BlackBerry at GDC 2013 and they were pretty excited to show off two juicy pieces of BlackBerry 10 news. For one, they're starting the process of opening a beta of the Unity 3D engine. This is big news for developers that are already well-entrenched with Unity on other platforms, but also those currently considering BlackBerry 10, but need something to handle their graphics. 

The other cool thing BlackBerry had at their booth was a demo of Bluetooth HID controllers working flawlessly with the BlackBerry Z10. The Unity demo game, Angry Robots, played fine with the hardware controller, as did the fan favorite Alpha Zero. The BlackBerry engineer we talked to told us he was working on Wiimote compatibility, so it's easy to imagine PS3 optimization isn't far off. At this point it's simply a matter of devs looking at the right docs and making sure their game plays nice with Bluetooth controllers. 

No word on Moga support unfortunately, but maybe this demo will show that some kind of partnership is in order. 

58 comments

Kevin Michaluk

I love BlackBerry 10. Such an awesome mobile gaming platform!

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NemOry

I agree with that!!!

nhanken

We should ban all admins for stealing the first post ;p

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taylorblackberry

And am like Helll yeeeeeah it sure is

Enrique Luaces

Hi, It's fantastic the new platform BB10 and now gaming platform!!!
Nintendo trembles, here we go!!!!

feldmen01

But now I can't be first...

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SlcCorrado

Awesome stuff! BB10 just keeps shining :)

00stryder

This is so awesome, and with HDMI you could literally make your phone a portable game console that you can throw up on the big screen at any time. I can only imagine the implications for emulated games on BB10 (sideloaded, of course)

jcraig

This is just what I want to hear. The future combo of a BB10 hdmi connection to the tv and a blue tooth controller in hand. Sounds amazing!

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jlbenc

Writing this from my Z10 via bluetooth keyboard, hooked to my TV via hdmi!! Works great!

dcbo89

Is kevin trying to kill the "First!" posts? Seems to be working.

Anyways Unity looks stunning and the controller tech might actually get me to game on my TV once in a while (hard core PC gamer here speaking) We'll see anyways. Question though, if playing on my TV does the Z10 become a controller type device or is it just cloning the screen basically?

Paunngaq

If I'm not mistaken and the Z10 is anything like the Playbook (still waiting on my upgrade) than the tv becomes a large screen for your phone, so you can use your Z10 as you always have but it is just connect to hdmi. You can switch between apps and browse the net and play a game while you have a movie playing all at the same time.
Cheers,

Tomas Carrillo

Nintendo or Konami + BlackBerry Z10, will be fantastic :D

spiculated

Waiting patiently for a the Unity games to be released on BlackBerry 10, what game being demoed looks amazing

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dannyd86

Not really my thing. If I'm goona dive into a game like that I want it on my console with cutting edge graphics. I'm happy with the puzzles and physics type games on my z10

But I've read many articles talking about the fall of the consoles. Your average person doesn't want to get that into a game. There happy with the mobile games. So glad to see blackberry is aware of this

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shefiu

That's the whole idea... what if your phone ended up being your console? everything is about convergence these days.. phones getting almost as powerful as the original wii now.. all you need is a bluetooth controller and an hdmi cable..

mkelley65

Console and cutting edge graphics don't even belong in the same sentence. I'm a hard core Nvidia gamer but even AMD's weakest offering makes a console look like CGA/EGA.

thatplaybookguy

Then the PS4 must scare you with it's processor running at 1.78 terraflops. that will make almost every gaming pc look like a nes.....

mkelley65

You can't even spell teraflops. If you did you'd know Nvidia surpassed 1.78 Teraflops back in 2009 with the GTX295. That's four generations of GPU ago. I actually had two GTX295s running in SLI back then. ATI HD5870 is 2.7 Tflops and was considered mid level in 2010

dannyd86

yah ive yet to get into the PC world of graphics. So maybe Im middle ground, but my point is still valid.

HUNTZODIAC

Wow can't wait

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Darlaten

Are there any games that are currently available now in app world that take advantage of BT joysticks?

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Ryan Simmons

Great news. BlackBerry 10 already kicks the cr(app) out of Windows Phone as far as games go. Can only get better now. God I love my BlackBerry z10!

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texazzpete

Fanboyish nonsense. Same beta was demoed for WP8 at GDC, Bluetooth controller support announced for WP8 too.

el_excelsior

It's always wonderful hearing good news like this :)

BB_Bmore

I remeber reading about this back before we knew what Z10 was. All we knew was London. Its nice to see it come to fruition.

They are going big on gaming and I like that.

jrlong

Ha -- Simon -- did you actually hear anything that Adam was saying? You looked pretty plugged in to the game! But I would have been, too -- amazing graphics off the phone.

Simon Sage

Playing games is a hard job, but someone's gotta do it. 

paulmike83

Wow, that is sweet and the graphics are awesome. BB10 just kicking more ass. The haters should really be shaking their heads. Ha

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msabith

While at the GDC you should stop by the Oculus Rift booth and experience what will be the next BIG THING and what will change the way we will play games...

Simon Sage

Believe you me, if I had the time to wait in line for that thing, I would be. 

BlackberryFan777

Thanks for covering BlackBerry's presence at GDC 2013. I actually didn't know about the support for bluetooth gamepads. At some point in the not-to-distant future, I think I'm going to check out the CrackBerry store and find some serious gaming accessories for my phone. Who would have thought that even two years ago?

Bluline79

Blackberry came to play and i'm loving it! When is this expected to come to the public?

JGlaze

Its a good idea, though it will never sell. Way rather be playing on my PS or XBox

Playbook007

If it games well, then it is very portable while traveling. Not going to say it will replace the ps3 and alike, but it's very easy to put a controller and small cable in your suitcase. Also, this platform can replace your pc for most of your on the fly needs.

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Bran Winterfell

I would like to have this (gamepad+bb10) for my PlayBook *sigh*...

Playbook007

I totally agree. I miss my PlayBook and Bold 9000 combination. The PlayBook allowed my old BB05 to become very modern due to the bridge. We lost the full bridge with the z10, and I hope we get it back. It's nice to connect the PlayBook to the big screen and run it via the phone. That way you still have full use of your phone. Please BlackBerry listen on this one!

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backfire101

Me too, get this stuff over to the playbook. With dockingstation to hook the PB to my TV and use the Z10 as a remote for typing purpose. Or even better, use the Z10 as the joystick connected to the PB.

Playbook007

You can use a blue tooth keypad to run the PB. However I agree totally. We lost the major advantage of the PB when we lost the full bridge.

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crohns

That is sweet!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on one of those!!

ESCON

I want to use my PS Vita as a Controller....

nick canada

BlackBerry keeps amazing me. Still want the docking station a bit more, I would prefer replacing a computer over replacing a gaming console

It looks like they thought of everything this time

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Playbook007

Absolutely. For most people, browsing the Web, spreadsheets, word doc is what a home computer does. Docking station with the ability to plug in a mouse, screen, portable tetragig drive, printer, would be great. Each family member would just plug their phone in and get to work. When done unplug and walk away. No more need for 5 laptops in the house!

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Fatz_z

Awesome! Looking forward to this.

Now hurry up BlackBerry with the docking stations already.

Can we expect this with OS 10.1 around Q10 launch I wonder?

Either way it's great to see BlackBerry committing to more consumer initiatives like this.

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thatplaybookguy

Dualshock 2 support will be nice. Simon, is that gamepad available to buy right now? If so do you happen to have a link to where one such as myself could buy it from?

Dave Bourque

Will you guys sell these gamepads on crackberry store?

07thking

Haha, Simon you were really into that game. Must be awesome. BlackBerry is back baby!

Andrew4life

Funny how Simon is totally not interested in what the guy is saying and he's just playing the game.

Kuttysark

What was the name of the game SImon was playing? MUST HAVE IT!

Simon Sage

I think it was Angry Robots. They were still debating about whether or not to put it up on BlackBerry World. Shout out here if you guys want to see it - I'm sure the Unity guys would be happy to oblige if there was enough interest.

GooberNS

When can I buy this thing?

Posted from my Zed10!

Blackberry_Fiend

LOL. Loved the fact that Simon only looked at Adam only AFTER he cleared a room in the game for about a nanosecond...then right back to the game until the interview was "over".

Rootbrian

Bluetooth controllers, I don't have any. lol

SkaterGuy2k

Any more word on if they are going to release Angry Robots, I would love to play it since I now have my Gamepad :D