Mobile vs Handheld vs Console: Can’t we all just get along?

Mobile vs Handheld vs Console: Can't we all just get along?

My last post was about a very interesting topic: “Mobile Gaming”. Where it is, where it is going and how “we” the gamer fit into all this. While I do agree that mobile gaming has taken off in the past 4-5 years and will continue, I do not see an end to console gaming anytime soon either and I believe both mediums can indeed coexist. It is not a competition, but rather a balance.

Most of us gamers have been playing mobile games since the early 90’s with handhelds like the Sega Gamegear and Nintendo’s Gameboy. When I say mobile, I do not mean on a phone but rather as using the term mobility in mind, you know ‘portable’. These handhelds were and are to this day a little expensive and so are the games when compared to iOS and Android games. They are however less expensive than tablets and smart phones and are dedicated gaming machines at their core, although they are now coming with options to access the web, play online through WI-Fi etc, like Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s PlayStation Vita, sporting all the fun cool bells and whistles like, 3D, touch screen and motion control. They also have the ability now to download games from their respective online stores and you are now able to watch movies on them with services like Netflix. They are great devices.

The reason Tablet and smartphone gaming is blasting ahead is mainly the fact that more people have tablets and phones which are used for well, talking and everything else. The fact that they are getting powerful graphics processors means better games, but I really do not think the majority of consumers are buying smartphones and tablets just for gaming, it’s just a great extra feature and at $.99 to $4.99 a pop for games ( alot are free) , I see it as a win win for the mobile community.

Now, about those games, sure, some have beautiful rendered graphics and are really fun but most are bogged down with in-app purchases to be able to even have a fun time or advance faster just because you are on the go and not on a sofa, so that $.99 cent game is not  so inexpensive anymore is it?

Mobile vs Handheld vs Console: Can't we all just get along?

Those who enjoy a full blown, long game at home (like me) will still need their console and  $60 game or buy it used like I do. That is ok also. I need a controller in my hands after a while on a touch screen playing Vice City, Injustice or Infinity Blade on my iPhone 5 and if the game has a ton of options and actions, you do need physical buttons to accomplish many movements and combo’s or anything else a good game requires. Games like Gears of War, Red Dead Redemption, Heavy Rain, Resident Evil, Metal Gear and God of War will just not be the same on a mobile device. I did not say they will not work, but the experience will not be the same and will be dumbed down for a mobile platform. Yes there are controller add on’s available for your iPad and other tablets, but then that means the cost goes up to play games on your mobile device, controllers come standard with a console of course. See what I mean?  Even on a keyboard for PC/ Mac gaming, Finger swipes up and down will just not cut it.

So, maybe there will be a majority of consumers gaming on mobile devices for their quick gaming fix on a tablet or phone during their commute or simply because the casual market is not interested in buying a $400 console. Hey!  I bet more people talk on their cell phones than on their home phones too and …guess what? People still own and use ground lines.

The debate between Mobile VS Handhelds VS Consoles will rage on,

Give us your thoughts and opinions.

Microsoft to announce next-gen Xbox on May 21

Microsoft to announce next-gen Xbox on May 21

As expected, the company will be holding a special event prior to E3 to unveil its new Xbox [UPDATE: The event will be live streamed]

Microsoft finally announced today that it’s planning to unveil its next generation plans during a special event on May 21 at Microsoft’s Redmond campus. The news came via press invites sent out to media this afternoon.

The event, dubbed “A New Generational Revealed”, lists a start time of 10 a.m. and mentions that Don Mattrick will lead the announcement. And in case there’s any doubt that the event is to announce a new Xbox, the invitation also includes the Twitter hashtag #XboxReveal.

Given all the controversial rumors about the next Xbox being always-online and requiring players to possibly need to be online even to play solo, it’ll be very interesting to see what the final feature set on the new hardware ends up being. Many are expecting hardware specifications somewhat similar to what Sony is including in the PS4, and given Sony’s developer-centric and more open approach to the PS4, a number of developers are hopeful that Microsoft will be equally open with the next Xbox.

Update: Microsoft representatives have confirmed to GamesIndustry International that the event will be streamed live on, Xbox Live and it will appear on Spike TV. Additionally, Microsoft will be showcasing its next-gen lineup for the next Xbox at E3 this year with an event at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on June 10. That event will be streamed online as well.



PS4 release date ‘spring/autumn 2014, codenamed Thebes’

PlayStation 4 is likely to be released in the spring or autumn of 2014.

That’s according to tech site SemiAccurate, which also claims to have heard from Japanese speaking sources that Sony’s next-gen console project is codenamed Thebes, rather than the previously rumoured Orbis.


“Other than it being an AMD CPU and GPU, we don’t have much more specific details,” the site says.

“It is said to be a 28nm part, likely fabbed at Global Foundries or IBM for the first run, and out after Oban. That would most likely be the spring of 2014, but it could be fall of that year too.”

Oban is supposedly the name of the developer test system chip being used for Xbox 720, or whatever Microsoft’s next-gen console is called. SemiAccurate reports that the console’s internal codename is Kryptos, and not Durango, as widely rumoured.

The site says Oban is still scheduled for mass production wafers before the end of 2012 in preparation for the console’s planned September 2013 launch, but that previously reportedproblems like “painfully low” yields (a measure of functioning devices) could delay that timeline.

Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Xbox 720 coverage for over 12 months and yesterday, ahead of the release of the mag’s final issue, we published its huge ‘Xbox 720: everything we know‘ feature which does its best to expose Microsoft’s next-gen console plans.

source: cvg

Xbox 720: XBW uses penultimate issue to ‘tell you everything we know’

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Xbox World has used its penultimate issue to publish an 8-page feature containing “everything we know” about Microsoft’s next-gen console plans.








The mag has good form when it comes to next-gen Xbox leaks, having revealed in January Microsoft’s plans for augmented reality, directional sound, and a four-player, finger-tracking Kinect, all of which were later confirmed in the now infamous leaked planning document in June.

Editor in chief Dan Dawkins told CVG: “Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Durango coverage for over 12 months. Unless something really dramatic changes, everything we reveal in our penultimate issue will be revealed long before E3 in June.”

According to the mag’s final ‘exposé’, the next-gen Xbox – which it speculates is likely to be called simply “Xbox” – will introduce Kinect 2.0, use Blu-ray discs and feature directional audio, a TV output AND input, ‘innovative controller’ and – at a later stage of the console’s life – AR glasses.

Current codename ‘Durango’ dev kits boast a CPU with “four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores” and an impressive 8GB of RAM, XBW reports.

Xbox 720 Screenshot

Xbox World has used the Microsoft leaks and industry sources to come up with a 3D mock-up of what it expects the next-gen Xbox to look like.

“We built ours with the same glossy face and patented VapourMG magnesium alloy Microsoft uses for its Surface tablet, and modelled the silver band after its new ‘Wedge’ touch keyboard and flexible Arc Touch mouse,” it writes. “The future will be black, sharp and curved.”

To read the full 8-page feature, buy the latest issue of Xbox World online or on Apple Newsstand here (UK) or here (US).

PSM3 features an equally large feature on PlayStation 4 and you can buy that on iOS here (UK) or here (US).