It seems in the last few weeks that the press have been comparing the growth in Mobile Gaming to the Console market. Some gaming heads have begun to invest heavily into mobile gaming, and Console games are beginning to look like out tech. What has brought around these changes, and were do we go from here.
The XBOX 360 and the Playstation 3 have been around for over five years now, with the main hardware hardly changed. The graphics and CPU power has been static during this period, and apart from Nintendo this does not look like it is going to change in 2012.
Advances to Mobile Tech
With phones and tablets now becoming dual core and with video output matching or surpassing the last gen consoles (Dreamcast and Playstation 2) games, so you can now see the quality of games they once played on consoles with the freedom of not having to be stuck in one room. Add to this the minimum storage on a device is moving up and now between 8 to 16 GB, and with signs of moving up to 32 GB you now have the ability to store several large quality games on one device. Mobile tech is advancing so fast that technology pundits cannot even guess the power of the devices we will have by 2014 or 2015.
With many phones and tablets having built in Bluetooth and WiFi there is the opportunity for Mulitplayer with your friend in the same room or another person on the other side of the world.
With the fling and iCade you are no longer limited to the touchscreen or tilt control for your gaming. With some many control methods available there is something for everyone.
App Stores and Pricing
There are a lot of £0.69 games out there. This was unheard of in gaming since the early does of the ZX Spectrum. Since about 1984 we have been programmed to pay a premium price for our gaming. With new console releases priced between £32.99 and £45.00 in the UK buying a game has become a considered purchased especially in these hard financial times. However, a game for £0.69 is a lot easier to shallow. For kids with an allowance of £5 a week, they may have to save for 9 weeks for a console game or they can by up to 7 games in that week (and that does not even include lite or freemium games)
It is little wonder that EA are investing so much money into mobile gaming and saying that consoles are now less than 50% of the gaming market. It looks like soon phones and tablets will be able to output direct to the TV and some be useable on the move that consoles that require HD TVs and being stuck in one room are becoming a thing of the past. By 2015, it looks like consoles will be the niche “high end” market and mobile gaming will be the mainstay of gaming. The question will be what will the pricing be and will console gaming be cost effective for developers.