Are the Days Of Home Consoles Coming to an End?

In this day and age almost every home in the developed world has a video games console of some sort, and lets be honest, who doesn’t love to play games on the big screen? however, a revolution is taking place in the gaming world, and it looks as though things may change whether we like it or not.

The revolution that we are talking about is the mobile gaming revolution.The mobile gaming revolution really started back in 1989 when Nintendo launched the Gameboy. The Gameboy changed the way we consumed virtual entertainment, even though technology was limited at that time, the world embraced portable gaming, and ever since the original monochrome gaming device hit the streets, companies around the world have been trying to make mobile gaming devices more powerful. Not only have been working on the power of the machines, they have also been working on trying to make mobile gaming appeal to a broader audience.

Through the years many companies tried, and failed to recreate the success that Nintendo had with the Gameboy. Sega tried to join in on the fun with the Sega GameGear, which was the first portable gaming device that had a color screen. The GameGear had limited success, but it did create a cult following which is still alive and well today. Then Atari entered the market with the Atari Lynx. Atari had absolutely no luck, and the Lynx died a horrible death, but in 2008, the mobile gaming world was turned on it’s head.

Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, and one year later they introduced the world to the app store. soon after the release of the app store, iPhone users has access to hundreds of gaming applications, most only costing.99 cents. The games didn’t just appeal to the casual gamer but some of the games interested hardcore gamers too. Pretty soon mobile gaming and the iPhone was on everyone’s mind. soon after the launch of the app store all of the major video game companies stepped up their efforts to win over mobile gamers.

Playtime is anytime, anywhere

Today, the market is flooded with devices that all offer mobile gaming. Nintendo has the DS, DSi, DSi XL and the Nintendo 3DS. Sony has the PSP and the Sony Experia Play, which is a phone that has a PlayStation built in, and the soon to be released PS Vita. there are also millions of smartphones in peoples pockets that can all play games. The mobile gaming market is truly exploding.

While some devices offer games that appeal to hardcore gamers, most true gamers still like to play on home consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360, and honestly who can blame them. Home consoles offer outstanding graphics, explosive sound, and games that are much more in-depth and involving. until now none of the portable devices have really succeeded in pulling the heavy gamers away from the home console scene entirely, but that could be about to change.

What does the future hold?

Sony recently showed off their latest handheld games machine, the PS Vita. The Vita is the successor to the somewhat popular PSP, and while it looks pretty similar to its predecessor, it could not be more different.

The PS Vita is really revolutionary. Inside that small portable device you will find components that will make the Vita just as powerful as Sony’s PS3. The Vita will also be as powerful (if not more so) than Microsoft’s Xbox 360. The Vita will be able to offer mobile games that will truly rival games that only used to be possible to play on the more powerful home consoles. The Vita could be the handheld that will finally break the strangle hold that home consoles have on the market.

Smartphones are another way to play games while on the move. Smartphones are becoming more powerful every week it seems, in fact a lot of Android based devices now offer dual-core processors and large amounts of RAM. Smartphones, and the games contained in the respective app stores ate evolving as a dramatic rate. Games on smartphones are not just cute, fun little games to play while waiting at the doctors anymore. The games available can be large, just as in-depth as some console games, not to mention that physics and graphics have also improved since the first iPhone games back in 2008.

Mobile gaming is being taken to new heights every other week. New games are coming out for both smartphones and portable devices that are taking the breath away from gamers around the globe. New innovative features in mobile devices like touch screens, 3D graphics, external bluetooth controllers, and HDMI out ports will change the way we play games.

I am sure the home console will never fully disappear, but I do think that they will move away from being the machines that offer users their core gaming experiences. in the future, I think machines like the PS3 and the XBOX 360 will serve as home media hubs more than just gaming machines, in fact, that change is already taking place. both the PS3 and the XBOX offer movie and music streaming services, and both will soon offer cable TV services. The change is happening right before our eyes, but this is not a bad thing.

Imagine being able to play the latest blockbuster game on your mobile device while you are sitting on a train heading home from work, then when you get home you connect your smartphone, or dedicated mobile gaming device like the PS Vita to your TV wirelessly over your Wi-Fi network or via a dock. You then pick up a bluetooth controller, sit on your couch and continue to play the game right where you left off from while you were on the train. This is the future of gaming, and will be the end of the home console as we currently know it.

Are the Days Of Home Consoles Coming to an End?


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