Guest Post: Is mobile gaming a boon or bane for console gaming?

Mobile Gaming Guest Post by Lily Sommers. Image by Sofia Samme.As mobile games become the new overlords of the gaming industry, are consoles now in their final glory days? Let’s take a closer look if it’s really game over for these indoor game machines.



The gaming experience in smartphones and tablets has been greatly enhanced because of the improved specs of those devices. Before, 8-bit video games like Space Impact and Snake were the only titles that you could play on your phones. Fast forward to today and you can now play Need for Speed or Grand Theft Auto II on mobile devices with all their high-definition glory. Samsung S4, for example, shows why it’s a leading device for portable gaming. According to O2′s Galaxy S4 page, this device has a glorious 5” HD screen, expandable memory, and a long battery life. It even has its own compatible game controller that allows you to play a wider genre such as role-playing or first-person shooter games.

Although mobile device hardware is improving, the game quality is obviously still light years away compared to the latest consoles on the market. These consoles have massive storage capabilities that let you store hundreds of games that are more lengthy and complex compared to their mobile counterparts. Only with these bulky devices can we have this mind-blowing and realistic experience wherein we get to fight dragons and meet dazzling princesses that are worth saving. Not even the 5” HD screen of Samsung could top that.



If a console’s hardware is better, then why is it that mobiles still own the market? A main reason is because of its convenience. Searching for a more convenient way to play a game is a human habit that has killed consoles over the years. This happened before in the age of arcades when playing at home became easier with the rise of Sega and Nintendo consoles.

These days, more people prefer smartphones and tablets for gaming because of their portable features. Unlike those bulky game consoles that constrain people to play indoors, these gadgets allow them to play anywhere and anytime. It satisfies the people’s need for entertainment during those 30 boring minutes when they are riding a train or waiting in a long line.


Mobile Reach

It also helps that devices have a wider reach than traditional consoles. In the Mobile Games Trend Report from NewZoo, there are 100 million mobile gamers in the United States alone and 4.2 million iOS games are downloaded daily.

Meanwhile, console gaming sales are plummeting downwards. A news report from Time said that console sales in the US dropped 21% last year.



Mobile gaming is a bane to traditional gaming consoles because of the increasing market and convenience. However, we can’t totally say that it’s “game over” for the consoles because the best games on the market are played best on more powerful machines. As long as there are gamers out there looking for more complicated and exciting video games, these devices will always be there to satisfy their cravings for virtual action.

What console do you usually use for gaming? Which do you think is better? Share us your thoughts!


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6 Responses to “Guest Post: Is mobile gaming a boon or bane for console gaming?”

  1. July 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    I own a smartphone, tablet and PS3, you cannot really compare mobile games to AAA consoles games. Mobile games are really meant for the casual gamer or kids under the age of 5. For ‘proper’ gamers like me, 95% of mobile games are utter garbage really, but there are a few good ones, but even these are still a generation or two behind a PS3 or X360 game and have awkward touch controls. For This gap will further expand once the new PS4 and Xbox1 come out. For proper gaming, you cannot beat a dedicated machine, with a proper controller played on a big screen TV. I just played The Last of Us on PS3, and it really is as good as everyone says itis, possibly the best game ever – games like this make you realise console gaming is here to stay.

  2. July 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Consoles and the mobile space just can’t and shouldn’t really compete with each other. Each offers experiences the other can’t provide as well. When I’m on the train, I want something simple and relatively shallow to pass the time. When I’m at home and can invest more time and thought into a game, dedicated consoles are there. Touch controls don’t offer the precision that a gamepad or mouse can and I don’t really need them to for the kind of experience I look for on mobile. What I do think is a smart move, however, is the console industry’s recent foray into mobile apps that expand the social aspects of console gaming. This isn’t direct competition, but rather simply integrating the benefits of mobility into the console space.

  3. July 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    It’s getting close. Developers are jumping ship from the iron-grip of the traditional console market to swim ashore to the New World: the mobile gaming market. Less development cost. Less bull shit. And appreciative gamers with money to spend.

  4. July 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Use your seeds wisely, or the zombies will quickly take over.

    A person who has never played games in his entire life can

    learn how to play these games within five minutes.

    Mobile game development has taken a good leap in the recent years.

  5. August 5, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Yeah..I agree mobile games have grown popularity because of their convenience. But, there are people who prefer to play console games. I feel one can get excellent gaming experience with console games rather than mobile that are played at leisure..:)..I play Racing games more..

  6. December 9, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Yeah.. I totally agree with you. I also play such kinds of mobile games on my phone. For example, whenever I feel bored at university, I start playing these kind of games. They make me happy and feel relax. Especially, I am playing racing games such as Traffic Racer. I suggest it!

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