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Today while at the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, I attended a panel called "The Future of Mobile Gaming." While the panel had eight participants, questions were often asked to the audience to foster debate and discussion. Now I'm turning the questions on you.
One of the most interesting statements was made by Geomerics founder & COO Dr. Chris Doran, who said, "I hope the future of mobile gaming is triple-A." He thinks consumers who buy high-end devices look to games to deliver that wow factor and that they would want something of triple-A caliber. The discussion turned to upping graphics (something Chair's Infinity Blade, pictured above, has led the way on) and finding proper mechanics to bring triple A games to mobile devices. As an example, first-person shooters came up as something that developers struggle make control-friendly on mobile.
Another interesting prediction came from Michael Ludden, senior manager at Samsung Developers, about the future being about multiple screens. For instance, being able to alternate from your television to your mobile device. Companies are already experimenting and looking into it.
Doran also went on to say Nintendo should be worried right now with mobile's growing technology and popularity, but was confident about Sony's PlayStation 4's strength. "...it dwarfs what can be done on mobile today," he said.
What types of innovation would you like to see for the future of mobile gaming? Would you play triple-A titles on mobile? Do you think mobile gaming will ever pose a threat to home consoles?
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Oh, I don't know, an app that lets you use your controller? If possible, it would be a great solution to touch-screen controls. Like if you're playing Vice City hook up the controller and GO!
I doubt that phones can ever complete replicate the experience of triple A gaming on a pc or console, if only due to the fact that the most interesting games require a decent sized screen and a relatively complex control scheme. Of course, it's not just theoretically possible but quite likely that certain smartphones will one day surpass current pcs and consoles in terms of cpu and gpu power.
What phones can and have been replacing, however, are traditional mobile gaming platforms such as the gameboy. it won't be long before companies such as Nintendo open lines of smartphones specifically designed with gaming in mind, or else simply jettison their mobile gaming hardware divisions.
Of course it's possible that one day a phone will be designed that could transform into a tablet or laptop as required, and if technology moves on sufficiently such devices could have the batteries for high powered gaming.
I don't think mobile will ever surpass handhelds. Certainly in popularity, but not in performance. And, as we all know, handhelds can't hold a candle to consoles. The idea of mobile standing on par with consoles is just absurd.
Mobile might pose a threat in 50 years when you can carry around a hologram projector and play AAA games on the go.
Will mobile games start to look better. Perhaps. The new phones will certainly support it more and more. But as with console games better looking games cost a lot more to make. I don't know that mobile game prices will support the extra costs.
Without a controller I don't think mobile games will ever pose a real threat to handhelds, let alone consoles. Touch controls just won't work as well. Additionally using touch controllers hides sections of the screen. There is no getting past how annoying that is.
I also highly doubt multiple screens will ever catch on as more than a fad at most.
AAA games for mobile devices is a good idea, as long as you can connect a controller to your device. I also think consoles have nothing to worry about because people want to play games on a TV. Also, I think streaming AAA games from your console to your mobile device should be an option in the future, so there might not even be a need to create AAA games specifically for mobile devices.
Im not for mobile gaming. Gaming belongs on consoles and pc. Not mobile where quality is extremely dumbed down and controls are way to clunky and inaccurate.
considering having mobile games keeps a person busy when they aren't home and need something to do.. it would definitely do to have better graphics considering how far along mobile phones are now.. to still play games where the characters look like boxes.. no.