Smart Phones Killed Portable Gaming

Remember when owning mobile gaming devices were all the rage? Oh sure, we still rocked our cell phones like we were somebody important. Yet our real love went to our portable gaming devices just a few years ago back when smart phone gaming was fairly new. Flash forward into today, everyone and their grandmother has a smart phone from which they play rather compelling mobile games on. Some of the games are comparable to what we might find on modern mobile gaming systems. And this begs the question — are mobile game systems obsolete now? Perhaps instead, they’ve simply become a gimmick?

Nitendo 3DS and Sony Gaming

Perhaps the only exception to the mobile gaming rule lately has been Nintendo. Despite the fact that most mobile games these days are likely being played on iOS or Android, the 3DS mobile gaming system is fairly impressive. It seems to sport graphics and functionality not easily found on the typical smart phone game. At  this moment in time, Nintendo is the clear winner thus far. Sony? Well, they’re still waiting to launch their Sony NGP. And even then, I doubt it’s going to hold a candle to what Nintendo has offered.

Smart Phones Killed Portable Gaming
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Casual gamers aren’t buying portables

Another sector that I see mobile gaming being hit by games designed for the iOS and Android is in the fact that people would rather not have to carry an extra device along with them just to enjoy the occasional video game during some lax time. No, for most people, portable gaming died when smart phones advanced far along enough to allow people to game without a single specialized device.

And now with the iPad and Android tablets, I see portable gaming systems being seen as comical as the portable MP3 player here very soon. The games are getting better and better. Sadly though, the portable gaming systems are barely keeping pace.

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  • Halygon

    How can you say tat Nintendo is the clear leader? Just this week the sales numbers showed that the 6year old Sony PSP was outselling the brand new 3DS and other DSs. The NGP is only going to solidify this lead with it’s powerhouse system and PS3-like games.

  • Charles Keisler

    I agree with Haroon, it cloud replace fitting rooms for general retail clothing, because for the most part the computer will get estimate close enough, but for custom fitting and tailoring this would never work

  • Jeff Turner

    Sorry Ron I think women also want to know hot feels on them and only a fitting room will work. Not all women are that way but enough that I don’t think they will be able to get ride of the fitting rooms for a long time. I don’t think it’s all about size.

  • Ryan Griffin

    is it really that big of a deal that fitting rooms need to be removed? also sometimes people like privacy,,,

  • Anonymous

    You’re probably right – as technology evolves, so do the fitting rooms. For online shopping, virtual fitting room is the only option.
    Surprisingly, when it comes to menswear sizes do vary between brands and across different fit styles within the brand (slim fit vs regular fit shirts, for example). The same person wearing size Small in Timberland would need to buy XXL at Abercrombie, Mostly though, the size variations are not as dramatic.
    Today there are examples of shops with no fitting rooms – all the .com shops. Unfortunately 1-in-4 garments are being returned, mostly all due to wrong size received. In brick-and-mortar, the return rate (call it the “unhappiness rate”) is less than 5%.