The Rise of Mobile Gaming

The death of dedicated mobile gaming devices is upon us and in its place comes new powerful smartphone devices that can produce graphics that one day will rival today’s dedicated video game home consoles like the Xbox 360. Hardcore gaming on a smartphone is a novel idea that has not gain any traction over the last couple of years. But recently a huge upswing of new smartphone and tablet users have embrace the idea of hardcore gaming on a smartphone or tablet because of the potential for great graphics. Smartphones are updated every 3-4 months; a new model by some manufacture is always being produced using the latest technology of the day. Smartphones have become powerful personal computers that fit in your pocket. But this is just the beginning of the mobile renaissance that has sweep the world and everyone in it. NVidia’s white paper on “Bringing high-end graphics to handheld devices” is focus on the idea that smartphone and tablets need the horse power of graphic chips to give the developer the tools needed to build innovative gaming apps. NVidia has had a long and rich history of pushing the limits of PC gaming and surpassing them with each new products line. With their expertise in high-end PC graphics cards they believe they can reach levels of graphical prowess unheard of or never imagine by today’s smartphone standards.

Gaming Potential Graph

“The solid lines are estimated performance, while the dotted lines are trends. According to NVIDIA, somewhere in the 2013 – 2014 timeframe is when we’ll get Xbox 360-class GPU performance out of mobile SoCs. The console line only has two points (Xbox 1 and Xbox 360), while the mobile line starts with the original iPhone, moves up to Tegra 2 and then follows Tegra 3.” by Anand Lal Shimpi 

The future of hardcore gaming on ones smartphone looks bright and we have already seen glimpses of this potential in today’s market with the release of Epic’s Infinity Blade 2. The Franchise that started the hardcore gaming scene in the smartphone market has become one of the most successful franchises for Epic and they are truly excited about the future of mobile gaming. Smartphones with the help of powerful graphic chips have essentially put a nail on the coffin to dedicated mobile gaming devices like Sony’s PlayStation vita. Dedicated mobile gaming devices like these have become obsolete and are barely surviving under pressure of the smartphone market that has apparently taken PlayStation Vita’s customer base. The PlayStation Vita whose company motto is to update hardware every 5 years cannot possibly compete with the smartphone market whose technology is evolving every couple of months and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down at all. This is evident in the sales report of the PlayStation Vita; on the other hand Google recently announced in their Google IO event that they are activating 1 million Android Devices per day, which is a staggering pace to compete with. Compare these numbers to the Sony’s PlayStation Vita and u have an idea why the smartphone market has flourished while the PlayStation mobile market has diminished.

Google Android activations are impressive and they have not gone unnoticed especially by Microsoft who have embraced the idea of the tablet and release their own tablet to compete with Android, Microsoft Surface. Microsoft is not only releasing a tablet of its own but also integrating the device to work with the Xbox 360 home console. Microsoft is hoping to Bridge together the world of home console gaming and the mobile gaming scene into perfect unison. Microsoft’s demo of the technology in this year’s E3 was impressive and will deliver an experience unfathomable just a couple of months ago.

As a hardcore gaming enthusiast and up-and-coming Android Developer I can’t help but be excited for the future of the smartphone gaming market and the treasures yet to be discovered. The industry is developing at a rapid pace and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the new technologies coming out but that’s what makes it exciting for the consumer and the developer.