Gaming on the iPhone 6 Plus — yea or nay?

If you’ve been breathing and/or have registered a pulse in the last month or so, you’ll know that the iPhone 6 has officially entered the realm of mere mortals. Thanks to the benevolence of the Apple gods, overnight lines, Chinese resale controversies and a totally, utterly ridiculous amount of hype are a few of the heavenly things to have accompanied its release. But one main question occupying the minds of tech-addict gamers is — will this make my life easier?

Kyle Russell of TechCrunch explains how the iPhone 6 Plus’s wider screen will decrease his necessity to keep switching between his phone, laptop and/or PlayStation Vita. “It’s actually a surprisingly good device for [gaming],” he says, while demonstrating with an iPhone 6 Plus propped up on a table. “It’s got a great screen, it’s powerful.”

Spider-Man Unlimited is one of the games he tests out. Likening it to Temple Run, Russell mentions that it’s “addicting gameplay that you can do one-handed.” No controller necessary here, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used.

Consumers initially expressed concern that the bigger screen would make interacting with the device cumbersome with one hand, but Russell says that’s “perfect” for gaming. Lego: The Lord of the Rings is the second one he tests out, finding that the 6 Plus’s larger touchspace is perfect for two-handed gameplay when the device is used horizontally. “But at the same time, I feel like you’re missing out on having this giant 1080p screen,” he laments, which is understandable.

Ultimately, the bigger, wider iPhone 6 Plus is definitely more helpful to gamers. But there are, as always, sacrifices in image quality and “full” gaming experience when you’re playing on a hand-held screen. Either way, if you’re a gaming junkie and are due for a phone update, maybe the iPhone 6 Plus wouldn’t be the enemy.

Watch Kyle’s full video assessment here.