Over the past few years analysts amongst others have mentioned the rise of games on iOS and Android phones and tablets, while lacking some key features a traditional handheld may have the 99p gaming apps have been huge for portable games and indie developers that want to release there titles to a large audience.
With the PS Vita lacking in sales in Japan (Despite 3DS doing the same) are we experiencing the decline of the old school handheld gaming machines many used to play.
Here are a few articles just to illustrate
I personally don't think it's dying out, you only have to look at the recent 3DS sales and leading hardware for numbers for each territory to realise it's still pretty big, I think that the games from mobile devices and tablets are good for a quick fix but I for one don't see them doing away with the more traditional handhelds by the likes of Nintendo and Sony.
There are of course many advantages to gaming on a device that's used for everything else I.E. an Iphone, as it means you don't have to pack another item (3DS/PSP) and it's substantially less expensive for those "5 minute time consumers" as oppose to the retail £29.99-£34.99 games for either system offered by Nintendo or Sony
Any thoughts on the future of portable gaming?