John Carmack Demoes 60fps Rage Game on iPhone

Video gaming legend John Carmack has showed a live demonstration of the company's newest gaming engine, id Tech 5, running first person shooter Rage on an iPhone 4 at an impossibly-high 60 frames per second.

The game will be available later this year on the iPhone 4, before it is released on any other gaming platforms, the proof, if needed that the iPhone is firmly being viewed as a very capable gaming machine.

Carmack, who is the brains behind hit titles such as Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein 3D, said that the game will be compatible with the iPhone 3GS and looks best on the iPad.

It is very likely that the game will be available on the big screen when (and if) the new iPhone-based Apple iTV STB is released.

Carmack also revealed that he is still mulling plans to port Rage to the Android platform and that there will be an option to run the game at 30fps for slower platforms or to increase battery life.

The news comes days only after Engadget published reports about the forthcoming release of the first PSP phone by Sony Ericsson, one which would combine the gaming characteristics of a portable Playstation with that of a traditional Android-based smartphone.

What are your thoughts about the iPhone as a gaming platform? Would it make sense for developers to bring out games first on the iPhone ahead of others?