It is never to early, or late to talk about gaming's future and past. With the arise of tablets and smartphones, it feels that the gaming industry could lead to a mobile one. Talks of smartphones killing the gaming industry are in the works, where more and more people are starting to game on their phones and tablets. The Google Play Store and the Apple App Store are huge marketplaces, that provide millions of games all that of a low or free cost. Aside from stellar titles like Infinity Blade, GTA: Vice City, Minecraft: Pocket Edition and The Walking Dead, the games in these marketplaces are not much more than candy crush nonsense (pun intended).
Why Mobile Gaming Is So Popular
Andriod and iOS gaming is popular due to the demand of the devices they are powered on. Everyone more than likely uses their cellphone numerous times everyday. Mobile phones have become a necessity in peoples everyday lives, and some can't live without them. We carry them almost 24/7, and we make sure they are readily available to use at all times. A phone no longer only sends and receives phone calls, but they have evolved to do almost anything we need them to, thus they have become the perfect multimedia device. Since we can almost do anything with our phone, why not decide to game on them as well, and so we did. We now have marketplaces that provide these games for only a few dollars each, and most of them for even free too. If tallied up the amount of money you've spent on buying games for your mobile phones and tablets, the average mobile person is more than likely going to have spent fifteen to twenty dollars. If you are a larger fan of gaming and like to constantly play great games on your device, you will likely total at forty to even fifty dollars. That is the almost same price as a single console game. You also take into factor that a phone is almost a mandatory device, everyone is going to buy one and there is no hesitation on whether or not it will be a waste of money to spend four to five hundred dollars on a gaming console. With a mandatory device and a cheap price, you get developers who want to provide for the platform and customers who want to buy the platform.
How This Affects The Gaming Industry
As much as it may not seem true, the rise of mobile gaming on phones and tablets has little to almost no effect on the gaming industry. The average person can tell the difference between an Angry Birds game and Skyrim. People should be able to see difference between console and mobile gaming, as it seems they can due to the the power of the internet and marketing. The past generation of gaming (seventh generation) sold and is still selling better than any other generation of gaming to date. Console gaming may not be as successful as the mobile phone, but people need to realize that console gaming is not trying to compete with Android and iOS.
Handheld consoles are undoubtedly fun and immersive. There is something special you get out of holding the device in your hands versus using a controller on the TV. It's not something that is truly describable, you just need to experience it yourself. Handhelds are said to have struggles selling well, but that is not true. Handhelds are arguably just as successful as consoles. As ludicrous as that may sound, that old handheld that has ever sold poorly is the PlayStation Vita. The second best selling piece of gaming hardware ever sold, is the Nintendo DS. The the Gameboy third and the Gameboy Advanced sixth. Even the PlayStation Portable has sold more than either of the Xbox 360 or PS3. With that aside, it is evident that a future for gaming could be am all handheld one. One where there are no home consoles, but handheld consoles only. There are a few reasons to why this could be, and the PS Vita TV actually helps support this future.
How An All Handheld Future Would Work
With technology only getting smaller and smaller as time progresses, there will be a time where we can fit the PS4 or Xbox One's specs into the size of a Vita or NVIDIA Shield. With a console that small, there are reasons why corporations should make that hardware into a handheld gaming console versus a machine the size of an Ouya fit for your living rooms TV. First off it would be more appealing to be able to play PS4 quality games on the go, on a machine that fits in the palm of your hands. I am sure that most if not all people who own a handheld wish it could provide true next-gen experiences. Now not everyone would like to have that experience, some have become accustom to using a controller on their television. What would happen in this day an age is you would do one of two things. An option would be to plug your device into a docking station or cradle that plugged into your TV. Your handheld would then be able to project its games on a television, and using a controller accessory you would be able to play games like using a home console.
How The Vita TV Supports An All Handheld Future
The Vita TV not only supports this future, but is already starting it. With the ability to use it to play Vita games on the TV, it is already headed in a direction of being able to use a handheld to give you the home console experience. The Vita TV does exactly what the above paragraph suggests, playing handheld games on the TV using a controller accessory. The only difference is not being able to plug your Vita in and having to transfer game and memory cards.
The best way for a Vita TV device in the future to work would be able to either stream your handheld wirelessly to the Vita TV, which would then be wired to your television. You could put your Vita or other handhelds down, and play using a controller. Another viable option that a Vita TV would be able to provide, is to be able to also dock your handheld into it, which would cater more to people that are less likely to take the device outside or use it as a handheld.
An all handheld future is not a bad idea and could do very well to benefit almost everyone. We would all get our way, and in retrospect it would be a much simpler solution to owning three to five devices for the whole experience. Not to mention less devices may mean less expensive. For now enjoy the mobility we have been given, and if the future decides to actually bring forth this envision, be prepared to not see it for at least two or three more generations of gaming consoles.