App data shows second screen experiences for gaming are a total flop

By Shawn Knight ยท 12 replies
Jun 12, 2014
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  1. Second screen experiences - using your tablet or smartphone as a "second screen" to display additional content while gaming or watching television - were expected to be the next big thing in entertainment. The tech dominated E3 the past couple...

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  2. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    Probably because good games require you to be looking at the actual play screen 99.9% of the time...
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  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,223

    No sh!t, right? Maybe some of these designers should try out their products before trying to sell them.

    The Logitech G13 game pad thingy (not the keyboard) looked like a worthy successor to the Belkin N52. But it had this little LCD screen on there that would show you ammo count etc. It was actually a reason NOT to buy it because you knew you were paying for something you'd never use.
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  4. There is no logic sense in that period. I want to be focused on the game not gimmicks.
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,870   +1,291

    The only game content that makes sense on a second screen are things like chat, buddy lists, maybe a cash store UI and so on. Isn't it amazing how detached from actual gaming (and common sense) these game devs are?
  6. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    Could you please enter information about the scales next time? now it doesn't mean anything because 1 could be 100.000 if the scale is set that way. Would totally change the picture. Also it would give a way better impression to put the vertical scale in a different order, 1 being the lowest instead of the highest.
    You will than see a small growth and drop in the charts instead of more constantly drops. Most people dont read the grids they just look at the picture overall and that shows something else than what's really happening...
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  7. S_Brideau

    S_Brideau TS Rookie Posts: 65

    I totally agree with this. With those graphics, the article could be false for all we know.
  8. trgz

    trgz TS Addict Posts: 221   +50

    Gimmicks on the whole, though having a DayZ map on your tablet or maybe that iFlyBMS app for the hardcore flight-simmer seem to be good ideas.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,719   +3,697

    That didn't make sense to me. As it is, it looks as if the scale started at 1 and then leveled off after awhile in the hundreds(whatever that means).
  10. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    Since they are talking about growth in this article it is best to have an increasing vertical axis. It gives a way better Idea of the increase and decrease over time of the feature and thus shows the growth (or not) of the feature. Now I'm facing difficulties in just reading the graph not being able to immediately spot the growth of the feature. So I can imagine that more people have these issues reading the charts...
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,979   +2,527

    This topic is at least as dumb as the proposed Cooler Master PSU, that tells your smart phone how much power you're consuming as you play.

    If you have time to read a bunch of nonsense off a tablet while you're playing a game, you need a harder game, not a bunch of useless additional information.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,719   +3,697

    @Forg0t2 I wasn't meaning you didn't make sense to me. I was agreeing with you on the chart not making sense.
  13. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    Ohww, Sorry :)

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