With the 3DS recently having its one year anniversary and the PS Vita being just over a month old it is quite clear that portable gaming is here for the long haul. Throw into the mix tablet devices and newer smartphones and gaming on the go has never been more accessible. Most of us here at G3AR still enjoy our portable gaming, perhaps even more than before with recent game releases, but what does the future hold?
Portable gaming in terms of the major consoles has been hit hard by tablet devices and phone games. At a far reduced price the games available on devices such as the iPhone are often hard to resist and the fact that your phone is constantly at hand makes it a convenient option but what about the type of games available?
When playing games on the move do gamers have a preference for games that can be played in short bursts rather than long winded ‘console type’ games? How about graphics and sound? Do they matter as much or is it all about gameplay and convenience?
Moving away from the tablet and cellphone titles,very innovative games can befound on the 3DS (and the DS before that). The Vita is loaded with potential and games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, which offers a full console experience, is something that almost all gamers will find appealing. The online capabilities of the 3DS and Vita also swing in their favour with game sharing a viable option, resulting in only one person needing to own the game for others to enjoy the multiplayer.
The clear answer is that there is space for both platforms. With the 3DS selling so well the incentive for the big names in gaming to make great handheld titles is still there despite the pressure from tablets and their cheap games. Gamers tend to want the best of everything and whilst that isn’t always possible it is comforting knowing that we have so many choices with far too many good games to play. The future of mobile gaming is bright.
We would love your views on portable gaming, your preferences in terms of platform as well as type of games and how you see the area of mobile gaming going in the future.