|It comes as no surprise that the continued rise of smartphones and tablets is having a significant impact on the world and the technology industry. |
One in five people across the globe now own a smartphone whilst one in 17 own a tablet, and that's continuing to grow.
For many this Christmas it was a strange time, parents were frantically shopping around looking for the latest iPad or Galaxy Tab for their children rather than the Sony PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS. But what does this mean? The end for the portable gaming device?
It wouldn't be surprising. After all smartphones and tablets are becoming the jack of all trades. You can browse the internet, type up notes, and play games that more than match their rival portable gaming devices.
Since the emergence of the mobile devices there's been much talk about how they could compete and even surpass the games console but the releases of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have certainly proved otherwise with record sales, and a buzz that undeniably suggests there is room for both on the market.
On the other hand however, it's been two years since the PlayStation Vita hit the shelves and has sold much less than anticipated with Sony UK's managing director firmly placing blame on an ever changing marketplace.
He told VG24/7, "In all honesty, higher sales would have been what we had hoped for.
"The market Vita entered was more complicated than it was when the console was originally thought about and designed. Games on tablets and phones have changed the marketplace and people can't carry too many things around at one time."
Online poker is one area which highlights this, as trends suggest that there will be an estimated 164 million users who choose to use mobile poker applications provided by the big brands, such as Full Tilt Poker with a huge reduction in desktop gaming
It isn't just the convenience though. Of course the ability to pull your mobile phone on the bus and play free poker online is a huge benefit, but it's free that is perhaps the operative word. Tablet and mobile gaming generally offer free or games at relatively cheap prices, allowing gamers to enjoy the latest fad such as Angry Birds, or more recently Flappy Birds, at a price which is disposable income to most of society.
In comparison, a Vita will set you back around £180, whilst you're likely to pay around £20 for a single game.
Sony are trying to combat this, due to the development of the Vita and PS4 at the same time there is set to be greater connectivity between the two. Named Remote Play it will allow gamers to play PS4 games using their handhold console, and even switch between playing on the two without losing any data.
Whether this will help resurrect the handheld console it's unsure, but it will be a mighty climb to beat the likes of the App Store's 260,000 or the reasonable prices of Android tablets.
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