iOS and Android are rapidly taking over the portable gaming market

Flurry released a report today that showed iOS and Android games now make up 58% of portable gaming software revenue...
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41 Comments

39. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

That's even easier to respond to since you mentioned COD. COD is an FPS game and using an Xbox controller on an FPS game is just lol. FPS games are made on PC to begin with then dumbed down for controller compatibility. Consoles just don't capture the full gaming experience the company intends its users to. I'm sure I'm going to get attacked by anybody who plays on their Xbox more than their PC. Also, it's great that people all have the same set up with consoles. It allows the company to easily push out games as there won't be any hassles with hardware compatibility and updates. Though it's probably the only thing console has over PC in gaming though. Xbox's gpu is similar to the Radeon X1900s (from 2005) and with limited peripherals you can't really do much.

40. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

xD whatever man, playing CoD on a controller feels better to me than playing with a mouse and keyboard.

37. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

+1 for pokemon, an emulator just doesn\'t cut it sometimes

14. itsius1

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i doubt android or ios can play console freely without first considering battery life...

22. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

but how much is android and ios alone ? :D

23. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

After I got my iPod Touch, I gave away all my Nintendo hardware and game library, my PSP 1000 and most of my PSP games (I kept my PSP 3000 and three of my favorite games). Here were the three main reasons: 1) Graphics -- retina display with Infinity Blade is just amazing 2) Web Browser -- both Nintendo and Sony have horrible browsers 3) The games are slow, slow, slow and I realized I was wasting too much time waiting for the processor to catch up. This includes boot time, wake from sleep I would include battery life but when you have extended battery packs and extra batteries, that wasn't a problem anymore.

27. varsas

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Although the DS and PSP have a reduced share it would be better if these charts were in the context of the overall market. In reality I don't think either have lost out as dramatically and the market has probably grown significantly due to mobile phone gaming.

29. Scuba_Steve

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Still prefer a DS over the others. Yeah, the specs aren't the same but why do we still play N64, Genesis, atari? It's just feels right sometimes. No phone can replace a DS because it doesn't have the same feel or even excitement. This is all me though.

33. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

There will always be room for portable gaming systems like Nintendo's and Sony's. Who is going to give their 6 year old kid a phone just so they can play portable games? Doesn't really make sense, but I suppose as people buy more and more smartphones then they could give their old ones to their children just for games (ie without a service contract on them at all). It will be interesting to see.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Not so sure about the PSP, as its always been on shakey ground, but Nintendo will always have decent market share as long as it keeps making quality IP. It may shrink as people move to all in one devices, but not every parent wants their kid to have a cell phone bill. nintendo games may be a little more up front, but a few nintendo games are cheaper than a smart phone plan on their bill. As mobile data goes down in cost, that will only hurt nintendo, but i dont see them every being squeezed out of the market.

35. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I remember when people would vehemently argue that phones were NOT to ever be considered "mobile game platforms." Now look at where technology has brought us! I think there will always be a place for portable consoles because, well, some people just like to have a physical d-pad. With the latest models of phones coming out and developers making more and more games that run better, look better, and play better on phones, the turning of phones into mobile consoles is gaining ground. And with the updates of gamestop starting to sell tablets I think it's going to become the norm sooner then we think!
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