It has been estimated that almost half of all gaming activity now takes place on mobile devices. This sharp rise in gaming on the go is set to change the way that games are developed and produced.
A break from tradition
In the past, games have been developed on the assumption that they will be played on large high definition screens via consoles or on PC monitors. Anyone looking for a high-quality handheld gaming experience would have purchased a separate dedicated device for gaming on the go.
However, the advancement of mobile technology is bringing more of the big-screen gaming experience to mobile devices and blurring the lines between the two different formats. Mobile devices can handle the best graphics and the powerful hardware can run the most complex games with ease. As a result, more phones are being designed with gaming in mind and even more gaming-focused models can be expected in the next couple of years.
People are now consuming all types of media in very different ways. Many people now watch TV series, films and sports events on smaller screens via streaming services and the craving for ever bigger TV screens seems to be waning. Sectors of the gaming industry have responded to this by providing a mobile gaming experience that matches that provided by their desktop products.
The casino model
Online casino companies have been particularly quick to react as their games are perfectly suited to playing on the go. For example, people who like to play casino slots, can pick up and play a game at any point during the day if they have just a few minutes of spare time. Casino-type games do not require a large investment of time or mental energy and fit perfectly into the modern way of consuming online entertainment.
Many casinos and slot games are offered by betting companies who have developed mobile apps that include all the features available on their desktops sites. The ability to have this smooth transition between desktop/console and a handheld device is something that Nintendo tried to address with their Switch console. In fact, that device and the PlayStation Vita which preceded it and tried to do something similar are part of the evolution towards more mobile-focused gaming.
The future of online gaming
Mobile phone companies will also look to evolve their devices to take advantage of the new gaming phenomenon. To give the best gaming experience a larger screen is required but with flexible and folding screens on the horizon, that should not be a problem. And when players get home, rather than plugging in their consoles, they might simply pop on a pair of virtual reality glasses and continue where they left off.
Mobile gaming could soon be the most popular way of playing and with VR technology also developing rapidly, the future of gaming could look very different in five years’ time.