Gamers abandoning gaming handhelds
“IndustryGamers reports on new research from Interpret, which shows that more and more people are turning to their phones for game time, leaving the DS and PSP behind. 43.8% of the phone/DS/PSP gaming market plays games on phones, which represents a significant 53.2% increase over the past year. At the same time, Interpret says that the proportion of those who play on the DS or PSP has fallen by 13%. The company notes, “Gamers appear to be defecting from their handheld gaming devices to phones to get their gaming kicks: a full 27.2% of consumers who indicate that they play games on their phones only (and not on the DS/PSP) actually own a DS or PSP, but do not actively use the device(s).”
Which isn’t really surprising when you think about it. Even a last-gen mobile phone like the iPhone 3GS packs more processing and graphics firepower, not to mention substantially more RAM, than any of the current mobile gaming offerings from both Nintendo and Sony. Only the Pandora handheld gaming unit comes close to matching the 3GS’ performance…and it doesn’t exactly boast a wide array of popular games that can be played on it.
Which is actually another key point here, by the way. It’s not just that modern smartphones boast better specs than their gaming-specific counterparts; it’s that they boast a wide range of really great games that people want to play. That’s true of both the Android and iOS ecosystems, and will soon be true for Windows Phone 7 as well.
So…anyone who’s been toying with getting Ultima titles up and running on various mobile phone platforms? Keep it up…you’re playing in the right sandbox.