In a report obtained by AllthingsD from IDC and App Annie, it says that in the first quarter of 2013, consumer spending on Sony’s and Nintendo’s handhelds declined significantly, while iOS and Google Play spending both increased, also significantly. Combined, the phone and tablet crowd spent nearly three times as much on games as handheld device owners.
Advancing the smartphone technology is one of the key factors of this trend. People are becoming more conscious now in the capabilities of their devices and instead of buying dedicated gaming consoles, they want the game to be played on their smartphones. A lot of game developers are also venturing out in mobile app development. In the early days of 2013, we’ve seen unprecedented growth of games being offered for iOS and Android devices and it’s continuously rising.
Also, with the versatility of today’s phone, those people who are not into gaming before, now find time to try or buy out mobile games.
Will the current trend kill the handheld gaming consoles industry? Are we going to expect extinction of PSP, Vita, Nintendo DS, DSi and 3DS?
Your views? Are you one of the contributing factors in the increase of sales in mobile gaming? Or you still prefer dedicated gaming consoles?