Monday, January 31, 2011

Mobile Gaming

Mobile gaming has come a long way from the original Nintendo gameboy. A world that was traditionally ruled by dedicated gaming devices is now being taken over by mobile devices such as Apple's iPhone, and phones running on Google's Android OS. Nintendo hopes to combat this rise in mobile phones as gaming devices with its soon to be released 3DS, while Sony has just unveiled its newest rendition of its PSP, but is it too late? The 3DS will come with a 3D screen that requires no glasses to view the effect, and also features built in cameras allowing the user to take 3D photos. The new offering from Sony the PSP 2, has a host of new features that create almost a cross between a gaming and mobile device. The big draw here coming from the processing and graphics capabilities which means titles currently seen only on PS3 may make an appearance on the PSP 2. However, what I see as the main advantage in mobile gaming that Nintendo and Sony don't have, is the ability for anyone to create games for their devices. With Apple, and Android, and even Rim's OS, anyone with varying degrees of coding expertise can create a game, which leads to a large variety from which users can choose from. The games, allbeit may not be of the same sophistication as those found on dedicated devices, but this may be all users want from a mobile gaming device. We will have to wait and see what happens when Nintendo and Sony bring their devices to the market. As always, thanks for reading

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