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Are Gamers Abandoning PSP and DS For Their Phone?

by Ben Reeves on Dec 07, 2010 at 08:49 AM

Rumors have persisted for months that Sony’s next PSP will be a phone-like device. And while there is good evidence to support this, maybe these rumors also reflect a greater trend surrounding gamer culture. It seems that people are slowing turning off traditional gaming devices like the PSP and DS in favor of their smart phones.

According to IndustryGamers a new Interpret study shows that 43.8 percent of the mobile gaming market (i.e. phone, DS, PSP) are made up of cell phone players. This shows an increase of 53.2 percent just within the last year. In contrast, game playing on the DS and PSP has fallen by 13 percent.

These are interesting numbers, but any gamer can tell you that there weren’t a lot of great handheld titles for the DS and PSP this year. Perhaps this study merely reflects the fact that game development has already shifted to the next generation of handheld devices. Nintendo’s 3DS will be out early next year, and Sony will likely announced its plans for the next PSP shortly, so it will be interesting to see if this trend continues through 2011.