The Future of Mobile Gaming

Research firm, Flurry Analytics says, by the end of 2011, 58 percent of U.S. portable game software revenue will be from games played on Android or Apple products. Critics are now wondering if gaming giants, Nintendo and Sony will be able to handle a significantly lower market share than mobile platforms.

What critics haven’t thought about is the audience. Many people have a smart phone or plan to get a smart phone in the near future, however these people aren’t necessarily Nintendo and Sony’s audience for their systems.The average Joe is going to download Angry Birds, but he probably won’t hand over $250 dollars for the Vita. Logically, more people are going to download casual games on their phone than buy the Nintendo DS or Vita.

It goes the same way for gamers. I would never play Star Ocean: First Departure on my phone, even if it was there, so I would need my PSP to play it. However, I would rather play Fruit Ninja on my phone, so even I am contributing to the mobile game market. Critics need to keep in mind what games are available on which platform, and who is going to play those games. It is quite simple there are fewer gamers than there are regular people, so the games for mobile phones are going to outsell the traditional gaming handhelds.

As technology grows, companies that were leaders in an area may shift, because the new technology appeals to a greater mass of people.

Don’t worry about Nintendo and Sony, portable gaming is here to stay—unless they’re stupid and try to shape their product around this craze.


PSN Change: Did Sony betray its Customers?

Come November 18th Sony will change its policy on PSN downloads. Currently people can download content on up to five devices, but soon that will be chopped to two. Games bought before the 18th won’t be affected, so buy everything you want now.

The main problem with this change is that some households have more than two PS3s or PSPs. Even if the parents aren’t gamers their children very well may be, and Sony is now asking families to buy games more than once if they have more than two devices. Is it just me or is that crazy?

If downloadable games were on disc people could play them on ten consoles and no one would care. If you buy the game it is yours and should be treated as such. In an early blog post I complained about Sony not letting me change my account to a master account. In that post, I mentioned that currently I can mooch off of my mom—well now I can’t. My parents have two PS3s in the house, so now not only can I not handle money, but I can’t download games from my mom’s account because that would be over the limit.

So either I should to be able to download games from my mom’s account, or handle my own money. But really I’d rather handle my own money.
Some people were abusing the system, which is probably a reason for the change. However, families with multiple systems, especially the PSP will be impacted by this change. I just hope with this change kids who have grown up with the PS3 and are now out on their own can handle their own account and decide which devices they will download their games on.

Not having freedom to handle one’s account, or handle one’s games, as they want is a betrayal.

What are your thoughts on the change? Comment below.