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Gamers spend more money on iOS than dedicated handhelds

By Dave LeClair ยท 8 replies
May 17, 2013
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  1. For a long time we've heard chatter suggesting that smartphone gaming could pose a serious threat to dedicated handheld devices like the Nintendo 3DS and Sony PlayStation Vita. A new report from App Annie shows that these claims might be...

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 887   +437

    **Casual gamers

    There might be some actual gamers in that total, but we all know that it mostly casual.
    Ravik likes this.
  3. What's a dedicated handheld? I'm surprised these are still in existence.
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  4. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,909   +592

    Dedicated handheld devices games are bigger, more expensive, and come in the form of cartridges and mini discs, and when PSP attempted going disc-less with the GO, the internal storage amount was not enough. The devices are usually not small enough to be conveniently kept in your pocket.

    Smartphone/tablet games look just as good or better than current dedicated handheld games, they are smaller, cheaper, can be updated, use internal storage, and are installed on a device you already carry.

    Sony and Nintendo should be EXTREMELY worried.

    Then came the nVIDIA Shield. A dedicated handheld done right. If it fails, I think dedicated handhelds are finished, and the remaining option would be for nVIDIA, Nintendo and Sony to come out with "gaming branded" phones/tablets, and try for some exclusive titles, as done by consoles. Other than that, it's over.

    Edit: Almost forgot... the amount of developers and titles, as well as compatibility on mobile devices.
  5. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 292   +118

  6. Ravik

    Ravik TS Rookie Posts: 44   +8

    Both Sony and Nintendo could maintain a foothold in the dedicated handheld sector IF they started pairing their devices with their home console platforms. I've said this a couple of times on this site, but if consumers could use their 3DS with their Nintendo Wii-U or their PS Vita with their PS3/PS4, then there could very well be a reason to buy those vs. the onslought of alternatives.

    And I agree with m4a4...these statistics are definitely casual-gamer driven. :)
  7. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    Not to mention people feel much less nerdy playing a "casual" game on a smartphone than dragging around a dedicated handheld :p
  8. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    And Microsoft would make a killing by offering to pair the Xbox with any mobile phone or tablet. Not that I'm really sure what kind of benefit using these devices together has. Sure, the Wii U's tablet functionality is nice, but I haven't seen it convince too many gamers.

    As if Nintendo sales aren't dominated by Animal Crossing, Nintendogs and Pokimon...
  9. Ravik

    Ravik TS Rookie Posts: 44   +8

    There would be a lot of merit to doing this from the standpoint of a universal controller, actually. Logitech recently released something like this if I recall, but it was limited to devices that could be enabled using wireless technologies.

    Personally, I think this is another overlooked opportunity--though I suspect the reality behind seeing this one isn't too far off. :)

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