World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Skyrim, Roblox, Minecraft. The list of video games available is endless, and the list of gaming consoles is ever increasing. With the release of the first gaming console, the Magnavox Odyssey, in North America in August 1972, Ralph Baer surely did not realise how his invention would change and shape the gaming industry.
What does this have anything to do with mobile and online gaming though? Fast forward to current day gaming and the changes in the gaming industry are rolling out faster than most gaming PC manufacturers can keep up with. According to Jamie Mckane, author for Mybroadband, the cost of building an entry level gaming PC comes in at just over $700, with the following specification breakdown:
|Intel Core i5-7500||$225|
|8GB Kingston Value DDR4 2,133MHz RAM||$80|
|Palit GeForce GTX 1060 StormX 3GB||$250|
|Western Digital Blue HDD 1TB||$45|
|Gigabyte H110M-HD2 Motherboard||$60|
|Raidmax 500W PSU||$30|
|Raidmax Vortex V4 Chassis||$30|
This doesn’t take into account the costing of any peripherals such as keyboards and monitors, with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) monitor, with the most common multi-monitor desktop resolution 3,840 x 1,080 – indicating a dual-monitor setup for many gaming pc setups. Then we haven’t even touched on the costs involved in any of the other popular gaming consoles such as the Xbox One clocking in at $500, or a PlayStation 4 costing anywhere from $400 upwards.
What Does The Future Hold For Gaming?
What is the future of mobile and online gaming taking into consideration the costs involved in setting up a basic entry level gaming pc or even purchasing a gaming console such as the Xbox One? In come the new kids on the block, the smartphone designers and developers. The latest smartphones on the market have been developed with the mobile gaming community in mind with stakeholders like Samsung doing an amazing job in revamping the Game Tools that were first introduced on the S7.
Taking a look at the top three performing smartphones on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has exceeded the Galaxy S7 as the best phone for gamers. In terms of battery life, the Moto Z Play is still the best, and the HTC 10 still has the best touch responsiveness.
The Mobile Industry is Starting To Take Over In Gaming
At an E3 Expo held earlier this year, TechCrunch ran a survey with gamers on their options on the mobile gaming industry, and the feedback received was largely unanimous. The majority opinion of gamers is that while it is increasingly popular with thanks to games such as Pokemon Go & Candy Crush, mobile gaming is still being considered as casual gaming.
However, at least 75% of revenue that has been generated from the iOS App Store being through mobile gaming, and most people spending an easy guess of 45% of their mobile app time on games. The success of transitioning over to an important means for gamers is largely dependent on the development of smartphones’ power. The biggest drawback being the small screens and fairly low processing power, even though it is still obviously a booming industry to be in.
There Are More Gamers Than There Are Consoles
The reasoning behind all of this is, there is a bigger increase in casual gamers than there are gamers who own consoles. With over 18 million smartphone users in South Africa, and of those the majority have at least some time to kill on their daily commute, the uptake of free, easy to download games skyrockets.
Taking a globally popular game like Candy Crush as an example, while the game itself is free the revenue from in-app purchasing of around 340 million monthly active users you can safely say the game has generated a substantial amount of revenue. Mobile gaming also boasts an almost even split in gender demographics saying that it appeals to them, in comparison to data pulled that around 65% of console gamers are male.
Can Mobile Keep Up With The Demands of Gamers?
According to PC Express, for mobile gaming to advance for gamers, there’ll need to be a substantial growth within the game’s development as well as what they are wanting to achieve from it. With puzzle games being more popular on mobile, the industry will need to learn to diversify its offering in order to grab more of the target audience.
The more advanced the device becomes, it will slowly start becoming more difficult to distinguish between a mobile game and a normal game. A great example of dual integration between gaming pc and mobile gaming would be the ever-popular Minecraft, which with Minecraft Pocket Edition of the game being one of the more popular game downloads from both the Amazon Appstore & the Google Play Store clearly setting the bar high for other gaming developers to make their content more easily device interchangeable.
Sure, the graphics in Minecraft don’t come near the graphics one would find in a game such as Call of Duty, or Skyrim, but if the new kid in the industry can pull it off what is stopping the larger and more affluent developers from adopting if not the same then at least similar technology into their gaming experiences?
The Advancements in Mobile Technology and AR/VR
While mobile gaming is not the first thing that comes to mind when gaming is brought up in conversation, the industry is moving towards that direction. This is mainly attributed to the advancement in mobile technology, mobile internet networks and not forgetting up-and coming-technology of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) which have breathed new life into the market.
Interested in virtual reality gaming? Check out our post on what the future of VR may be years from now.
The release of the Samsung Gear VR has offered mobile gaming users more than decent virtual reality experience. In terms of AR, there are significant growth opportunities when looking at the roaring success of Pokémon Go, which in its own right gave game developers a clear picture of its potential. Where does this put mobile and online gaming? Who knows, but it’s safe to say that it is on the rise.
Author: Adele is a freelance content writer, and offers her web design skills as an extra.