So are IPhones and Tablets killing the portable gaming market? After seeing the Japanese sales for the new PlayStation Vita posted by Forbes, they just might. In the Vita’s second week 72,000 units were sold, which is a shocking number to most. Even Nintendo, the king of portable consoles couldn’t sell what was a truly innovative technology in 3D. It seems that without warning portable gaming has been attacked by sleeping giants also referred to as “the practical, the addictive, apps, apps, apps!” Well, it could be that Portable gaming brings in deep and exciting games to its consumers for considerable price. Technological advances in the Iphone, Ipad, Kindle Fire, and Android operating systems offer more, with an unlimited flow of apps. After all the constant battles with King Bowser, and Goombas; I never thought I’d see the day “Mario” was taken out by “Angry Birds”. At this point Nintendo is better off changing their next system from the “Wii U” to the “NintenPad”.
Let’s Break Things down a little:
Nintendo 3DS: Since it’s launch in March 27, 2011, its price has gone down, to $169.99, making it the least expensive portable Device.
PlayStation Vita: $250 for the Wi-fi model and $300 for 3G model, though expensive for a handheld you’d think that packing all those feature’s in it would stack up well when compared against “The tablet/Ipad Market”
Pad & Phone Tech: Excluding the Kindle Fire, other Pad technology starts at a price tag of $499 and up, making it the most expensive device with the least to offer in terms of a true gaming experience.
So, what is it that makes mobile gaming on pad tech popular? Convenience? I ask you this, have you ever gone to work and chose to leave your PSP at home because your Iphone was easier to carry around? Or have you ever forgotten to charge your DS, because you where to busy playing “Bejeweled” on your Ipad? I think the real question is this, is hardcore gaming on a handheld being killed by apps that let you fart? My point is…Why is it that great portable devices such as the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, do not sell well? There was a time when you bought a Gameboy or Game Gear just to game. Now it seems that your portable gaming system needs a Music Library, BookStore, GPS, App Store, email, 3G, touch screen, motion control, face time, and phone at the very least to make a dent in the market. Don’t believe me? When you see that Apple announces that the iPad 3 will be in 3D without the use of glasses. How long will it be before the marketing guy shows a promo of angry birds coming right at you in 3D!
So my final question is…. Do we need all that to game?