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    Will Mobile Gaming Replace PC Gaming?

    The past few years have seen a massive increase in the overall interest in video games, with the gaming industry now contributing a significant percentage of total entertainment industry revenues. While console and PC gaming has grown, it’s mobile gaming that has seen the biggest increase in users, with more players than ever now playing their favourite games from a handheld device.

    Greater accessibility and convenience are two of the biggest reasons for the growth of mobile gaming, as so many people now own a smartphone or tablet. In addition, technology has advanced significantly, allowing mobile games to be more complex and exciting than ever before. While PC gaming parts are still popular, there has been a decline, partly thanks to the availability of mobile video games.

    Accessibility of Mobile Gaming

    Compared to PC gaming, there’s little doubt that mobile play is far more accessible. A large percentage of the global population now has access to some kind of mobile device, either a smartphone or a tablet. While estimates vary, it’s fair to say that the world is now more connected to technology than ever before.

    Compared to computers, mobile devices have a far greater market share, and many people only have a smartphone and use it as their primary device for accessing the internet and gaming. This is particularly true of developing regions, with countries such as India seeing a massive uptick in the number of mobile gamers.

    Aside from being more common, mobile devices are also lower cost. PC gaming has a relatively high cost of entry, especially if you want to play the latest AAA titles. Hardware capable of running games, as well as the games themselves, has increased in price a lot. While mobile gamers may not have the same catalogue of games to choose from, the availability of high-quality mobile games increases each year.

    Mobile Controllers

    Perhaps the main issue with mobile games is how they’re controlled. Although touch screens work well to play simpler games, they’re just not adequate for a lot of titles. Games released on consoles and PC often require more precision, either through a mouse or a game controller. This level of precision is very difficult to achieve with touch controls, which is why some gamers now prefer to connect a controller to their mobile device.

    Mobile gamepads are becoming more common, with iOS and Android devices both providing support for Xbox and PS4 controllers. In addition, some devices, such as the Razer Kishi, have been designed specifically for mobile use. However, these are still not compatible with every device, and not every game supports them either.

    For mobile gaming to truly challenge PC gaming, there needs to be a better way to instantly connect a controller and start playing. Until that happens, a lot of mobile game developers are shunning controller support and opting to improve and optimize touch controls. While this may be good in the short term, it has clear limitations.

    Cloud Gaming

    Cloud gaming has perhaps the biggest potential to help mobile gaming challenge traditional PC and consoles. Services such as Boosteroid and GeForce Now allow players to log in from any device and play games they’re bought on a high-powered machine in the cloud. The action is live-streamed to the player’s device, requiring a high-speed internet connection but allowing anyone to play the latest games from their mobile.
    While Cloud gaming is still relatively new, many people see it as the future of gaming, with a subscription model that can benefit developers, publishers, and gamers themselves. It gives players better access to a wider range of games and has a low cost of entry, making it incredibly accessible.

    Geraldine O'Sullivan
    Geraldine O'Sullivan
    Championing Mobile Billing & Engagement Solutions That Monetise Content, Drive In App Billing & Increase On-Boarding For mVAS
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