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Traditional handheld gaming on the way out?

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

http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2011/11/...-gaming-dying/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/terokuit...-with-ps-vita/

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-...ds-to-go-away/

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?
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Re: Traditional handheld gaming on the way out?

Mobile games can fuck off.
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Re: Traditional handheld gaming on the way out?

I hope handheld gaming still goes strong especially if Microsoft jumped in the race. If Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft could dedicate good games to their own handhelds then that's enough of a distinction. I always make a separation between that and mobile gaming which is either ports or casual games.
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Re: Traditional handheld gaming on the way out?

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Mobile games can fuck off.
This man speaks the truth

Fuck mobile gaming and the haters. Im buying a Vita and a 3DS.

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Re: Traditional handheld gaming on the way out?

I think "real gamers" (I hate using that term but I can't think of a better one) would certainly prefer dedicated devices like Vita/3DS etc. But....if someone can go buy a Droid RAZR or an iphone 5 for $250 (the same price as the Vita) that plays HD games at a low cost, AND does everything else...its going to be hard to convince some people to pay an extra $250 for something that only plays games. Mobile gaming has advanced tremendously over the past couple of years to the point where I can definitely see something like Vita's Uncharted game on phones pretty soon. Dedicated devices will always be "better" in the gaming aspect, but people are going for integration and efficiency these days.

So traditional handheld gaming won't go away, but mobile gaming is big and getting bigger...but they can coexist.

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Re: Traditional handheld gaming on the way out?

Yea mobile games have exploded and will only get better with their cheap prices. I'm fixing to get an iphone 4s and cant wait to play some of those cool games.
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Re: Traditional handheld gaming on the way out?

Mobile games simply cater to every crowd; anyone can find a game on there to occupy themselves.

I don't see handhelds going anywhere anytime soon, just evolving.

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Re: Traditional handheld gaming on the way out?

3DS Sales have picked up, and so will PSVita sales. Mobile Gaming is going to get huge too.

The sales of the traditional handhelds, 3DS and Vita, will both go up as more games come out. The 3DS sales were lacking, but then increased in November and December because that was when more games came out, Mario Land and Mario Kart. I bet in February software and hardware sales will go up again because that's when more 3dS games come out.

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Re: Traditional handheld gaming on the way out?

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I always make a separation between that and mobile gaming which is either ports or casual games.
Lets play a game called Vita or 3DS!

Vita or 3DS?



WRONG! It is iOS
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Re: Traditional handheld gaming on the way out?

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Lets play a game called Vita or 3DS!

Vita or 3DS?



WRONG! It is iOS
ewwww a virtual d-pad.. with zero tactical feedback .. god ios games suck 9 times out of 10 unless your playing a rom and have a control pad plugged into it.. the only ios games that are good are shot like angry birds and fruit ninja and the like
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