Phones are not gaming devices.
Yeah yeah. You can download some sweet apps onto your iPhone or Galaxy. You can even modify it, as i did on my Galaxy S3, and plug in your PS3 controller to play n64 roms. That doesn’t make it a gaming machine. However, that doesn’t stop you from having some fun with it.
The problem I have with people trying to make high quality games for tablets and phones is that I don’t want to use those deceives FOR high quality games… specially not ones that take up to a gigabyte of space. Sure, there will always be a place for time wasters like angry birds or good old Snake, but that isn’t the reason you buy an iPhone.
“But Anne, what about the iTouch? What if I want to buy a tablet for gaming?” Then you’re wasting your money. I’m not quite sure as to the reason iTouch’s exist (except for children who are not old enough for an iPhone), but I know that tablets have their place utilised mainly as a reading contraption, for both online browsing and ebooks.
This is why I think hand held gaming will continue to exist (whether it does WELL is another matter). When you buy a DS or PS Vita, you buy it for the explicit purpose of playing games. Being able to browse the internet is just a nice side effect of the software installed. Just as you can play DVDs on a PS3, you’re not going to go and buy a whole gaming system just to watch your Thunderbirds collection.
I do worry about how hand held gaming will progress. While I’m glad the 3DS allows you to turn the 3D functionality off, it is quite a bit of a gimic. As for the Vita, it honestly doesn’t seem that… different from the PSP. It’s ether too gimmicky or not gimmicky enough (which is a sad line these companies have to tread).
Also, the cost of the games is rather high. You feel like that because it’s smaller, it should be cheaper (when in actual fact, it’s probably harder for them to design these smaller games, batteries and devices than the consoles). It’s a turn off when you see the price, then all the add ons. As much as its justified, in the eyes of the average consumer, it doesn’t please.
I do not see hand held games dying out. Hopefully once the app bubble pops, their popularity will rise, allowing the games to be cheaper, and phones and tablets to move into more functional positions in our lives.