Tablets vs Smartphones
Once you've pledged your allegiance to a tablet OS, it's time to chose between phone or tablet. Here the choices become more complicated. Complicated like a Venn diagram, in fact, where some gaming is better suited to tablets, some to phones and some, in the middle, works well on both.
For first-person shooters, like NOVA, tablets are better than phones
The best advantage of tablets is their most obvious one. The larger screen not only makes for better viewing, but increases screen real estate for overlaying touch controls. As anyone who's tried peering under their thumbs to play NOVA or Shadow Guardian on a smartphone will tell you, first- and third-person games are at far better suited to tablets.
So too are cloud gaming services like OnLive and Gaikai, which allow the use of physical controllers, further de-cluttering screens, and whose current-gen console and PC games were never designed for sub-9in screens.
OnLive's cloud gaming system works with controllers, not just touchscreens
It's arguable that most genres work better on a larger screen, even social games like Words with Friends and Quiz Climber, and touchscreen ones like Flight Control, Angry Birds or Cut the Rope. But unless you want to make calls on a 9in handset, these genres will continue to flourish on phones, where increased portability compensates for the smaller screen size.
They could have one distinct advantage over tablets. Adding physical controllers would allow smartphones to compete with handheld consoles. Tablets are on their own collision course with PCs and consoles, of course, as conceptualised by Razer's Project Fiona, but they're behind the tech curve presently, whereas there's little to separate handhelds and smartphones.
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Sony tried it with the Xperia Play - a half baked product, whose ageing tech and reliance on ancient PlayStation One games for exclusive content left it DOA. And third-party peripherals like the iControlPad have enjoyed limited success. But it will take a concerted effort by developers and manufacturers to create a true gaming phone with mass-market appeal – a product which surely can't be far away in an increasingly lucrative market.
Next page: Nintendo 3Ds vs PS Vita (vs tablets)
yes really. You dont even have to root your phone. Look at applanet - lots of paid apps just sat there cracked. Obviously I bet each and every one of them are littered with trojans...
venn diagrams are complicated??
but i guess that explains some of the conclusions drawn in this article then
"The Nintendo DS played vanguard in democratising gaming"
ITYF, that was the original Gameboy back in the '80s. And Tetris. A lethal combination.
"whose ageing tech and reliance on ancient PlayStation One games for exclusive content left it DOA"
Midrange hardware, definitely.
Reliance on PS1? As a USP but not the only USP, that gamepad really is nice and I have dozens of Playstation Optimised/Certified games to prove it. Failing to deliver even the PS1 support wasn't good though - 6 months with just 1 (bundled) game. What were they thinking.
What really killed the Play was unrealistic pricing. They tried to sell midrange (AKA ageing) hardware at very premium prices. Couple that with failing to deliver the sort of Playstation support everyone expected and you have poor sales. A gamepad and an emulator does not justify a 40% price hike. Soon as it dropped to £150/200 they started flying off the shelves, launching at £300 might have worked. Launching at £500 was the kiss of death.
So if we believe that mobile gaiming will increase year on year then why do we keep moving away from phones with tactile input? Seriously, MWC has been on for a week now and not one flip out QWERTY...
Europe may see the Droid 4 in a few months time but it isn't a great phone and is already old hat! It almost feels like we are being pushed in one direction when as the article states we should be moving in the other. Why so much touch screen when there is much more money to be made in people playing games on there phones?
Some company needs to get a high spec phone, large battery and a flip out QWERTY and Im sure we will have a game changer on our hands...