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“Super Tablets” Not Consoles Represent The Future of Gaming

GamerZines writes:

2013 is a massive year for Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. Each console manufacturer will be doing all they can to secure that dusty space underneath your TV, so that they can attempt to own every aspect of your living room including not only games but all manner of different entertainment offerings including movie, music and anything else they can stream to their magical box.

However according to CEO of Hawken publisher Meteor Entertainment, ‘The Big Three’ have another competitor that they really should keep a close eye on; tablets.

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violents1286d ago

so if i want to game on the go with a tablet ill have to carry a tablet all the charging cords and such an hdmi cord a controller etc etc.

I think Ill just stick with my vita. it all goes in a nice neat case already has controller integrated into it and frankly I havent seen any tablet games that would make me want to buy one.

-GametimeUK-1286d ago (Edited 1286d ago )

There are a bunch of games I like and would like to try on mobile devices / tablets.

Casual games like Cut the Rope, Touch grind, Flight Control, Temple Run etc etc are all really good time wasters. I also enjoy the fact you can get GTA, Final Fantasy, Secret of Mana, Chaos Rings, Dead Space, Mirrors Edge, Minecraft and others...

My problem is the quality of these titles (they are fun, but nothing amazingly special), but the up side is the quantity. It has a nice balance. You will always find more impressive titles on handheld consoles, though.

darthv721286d ago

to be fair...if you are carrying around your vita would it not be safe to say you are also carrying around the charging cords as well as the games on their cards?

Not that it matters but carrying around a tablet isnt like carrying around a console like you are making it out to be. Typical tablet users have the tablet which has all their software on it so no extra games or game cases to carry.

Nor do they really carry hdmi cords because the idea is to play on the tablet. As far as charging cords go...isnt it something like...1 cord?

There are pro's and cons to almost everything. A pro for tablet gaming is everything is inclusive. All on one device. No extras to have to deal with (like changing physical games). A con would be the lack of real buttons. Then again, that is the idea behind games and apps being developed specifically for the touch interface.

Now i understand there are extra devices that can pair up with a tablet/phone and let you plug it into a tv and use a real controller. That would be a good example of something portable that doubles as a stationary device.

To me...that is the future of gaming entertainment. Something that can serve as a console when connected to a tv and also serve as a portable when on the go.

Oddly enough it was Sony and their PSP Go that was very close to that design. What hurt was the all digital library that shut out the millions who had UMD games they would like to play on a bigger screen. The PSP 2000/3000 have TV out but you have to hold the PSP directly to play it unlike the Go and being able to sync up with a DS3 via bluetooth.

I know sony was looking at making the vita this powerhouse in your hands (which it is) but cutting out the TV out part was a bad idea (to me anyway). It could have been a great success to have it hook to a tv and use a ds3 (like the Go) and possibly even have the front camera Move compatible for those games that used touch/motion input.

There is still time for sony to make a revision just like they did with the other PSP's. And who knows, it is usually these revisions that go on to sell even more than the initial release. Just look at the sell through of the PSP 2000/3000 as compared to the classic 1000.

As far as the whole tablet thing, people can be turned off by something that changes the way we have done things for so long. But then again, change has to start somewhere. Like going from 1 button on a controller to many.

The success and acceptance of these different ways to play can only be accomplished when it is something meaningful and really represents the benefit as opposed to that tacked on afterthought approach. We have seen many wii games and kinect games and move games that didnt need to be but at the same time there are those that you just cant play any other way.

violents1286d ago

@ darthv2

My vita and all its necessary cords all fit into a small case thats about the size of a normal book. The case has spots for games, extra memory sticks, the AR cards. Everything I need in one case(when realistically all i need is the vita)

That's really my point. In the article it says you can play some newer games via cloud and such but you have to have a controller that connects to your tablet. It just seems this defeats the purpose of the tablet in my mind. It just seems like they keep making things smaller or slimmer and then you still have this bucket of periferals you have to carry around with you. Its possible but seems less turnkey than say a vita or a 3ds or something of that nature. The general public doesnt usually like to bring a whole bag of periferals around with them all the time, so I just dont see it as being the end all for cosoles and tandem handheld units. It could work but I hope that doesnt end up the mainstream. I really don't care for any of the "timewaster" sort of games. I get bored with them in like 2 minutes. But for the casual that only plays stuff like that I can see it working.

WrAiTh Sp3cTr31286d ago

Yeah, I don't know who buys a tablet for games. But I'll play devil's advocate and ask you, how long is the battery life for your Vita? Because you said, "so if i want to game on the go with a tablet ill have to carry a tablet all the charging cords and such an hdmi cord a controller etc etc." I have an iPad 3 and I just bought my sister's Galaxy Note and while I'm just getting used to the Note, I never have to carry any cords or cables for my iPad.

violents1286d ago (Edited 1286d ago )

Well read better and I already answered that but just for you I'll say it again.

My vita and all its necessary cords all fit into a small case thats about the size of a normal book. The case has spots for games, extra memory sticks, the AR cards. Everything I need in one case(when realistically all i need is the vita)

Oh and battery life. I know a tablet battery may out perform the battery in a vita but the fact remains that full console like games on a tablet are going to eat up battery a lot faster than angry birds or any other of those flash based time waster games. When there are comparable games being compared I'm not sure what the battery life comparison would be anymore. But you cant tell me that the battery in tablets never runs low. at some point you gotta charge everything.

WrAiTh Sp3cTr31286d ago

You werent really as descriptive in your intial post as this one but it looks like what youre describe to me is a situation where pot meets kettle....lol.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1286d ago (Edited 1286d ago )

"so if i want to game on the go with a tablet ill have to carry a tablet all the charging cords and such an hdmi cord a controller etc etc. "

Since we are talking about consoles you should be comparing it to ps3 not vita.

It's like saying..
"so if i want to game on the go with a ps3 ill have to carry a ps3 all the charging cords and such an hdmi cord a controller etc etc. I think Ill just stick with my vita."

You ignored the subject.

But yes tablets are crap for gaming.

violents1286d ago

so you agree with me but want to tell me I'm full of it too? how does that work?

The_Infected1286d ago (Edited 1286d ago )

Not only that I don't want to hold a tablet and look down all the damn time I want to sit down or lay back with a controller in my hand "WITH BUTTONS" and look at the big screen. That's the best way to play IMO.

I also don't think tablets are the future of gaming I believe something like the Oculus Rift is much better than a tablet could and will ever be for gaming. Put it on and actually be in the game all without an expensive nice TV which you will never be fully immersed since you will always see your surroundings outside of the game. When they perfect something like the Oculus Rift it will be one HELL of an experience!

ElectricKaibutsu1286d ago

The article is saying you could plug your tablet into your TV and use a wireless controller.

I don't know about that though. The guy in the article say tablets keep getting faster every year. Well yeah, but it's not like I'm going to be buying a new console every year. I like that I can buy a console once and use it for five years. Instead of paying to upgrade, devs just get more experience and develop better looking games. A lot of games don't even support the original iPad which only came out two years ago! How many people are still playing great looking games on their launch PS3 from 2006?

ginsunuva1285d ago

Not on the go. Tablets will wirelessly connect to TV's soon and BECOME THE CONSOLE.

Gamer19821285d ago

Tablets arent the future because of size and controls. Consoles have been killed early in there life purely because of controls. The reason this hasn't happened with tablets is they are used for a lot more than gaming. You tried playing a game like GTA on ipad? It's not the easiest thing in the world and certainly not comfortable! Give me a controller and a 1080p TV while sat on a couch anyday over that crap! Love my ipad but its only good for a certain type of game and its not the games i like to play on my pc and console.

miyamoto1285d ago (Edited 1285d ago )

i think vita is a super dooper tablet in it self

coz its a tablet 'supered' with buttons

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strigoi8141286d ago

so is viagra considered super tablet?? Coz i heard it make you like superman when your age 50 above..

The_Infected1285d ago

Yea but who the hell wants to hold a flat, big, uncomfortable tablet and play games on the TV using it as a controller? Your level of control would suck compared to something like a 360 or PS3 controller.

-GametimeUK-1286d ago (Edited 1286d ago )

I like to use my handhelds whilst lounging around the house. At this point in time I can get a Nexus7 for a cheaper price than a 3DS and PSVita (or roughly the same sort of price). I received a 3DS as a gift and the library just isn't there for me to remain interested yet. I don't want a Vita yet, but I am downloading the IGC games for Vita because I plan to get one. Truth is I am getting a Nexus 7 first. I just think there is more software there for me and it is more than just something to play games on. I can see the tablet appealing to me as far as a handheld goes at this point in time.

I don't see any sort of tablet in the future being able to replace my bread and butter of gaming. I can not even imagine anything remotely coming close to replacing my home console.

I will get disagrees for sure, but it just seems to suit my needs.

EddieNX 1286d ago

Where are you looking ? The 3DS already has an Immense , Rich library , unless you're the CoD , Fifa , Minecraft only type of gamer...

I have about 25 3DS games not including E-shop and virtual consoles games...

-GametimeUK-1286d ago (Edited 1286d ago )

Not gonna lie I love CoD and Minecraft, but none of them are fave games so please don't put me in that crowd of gamers. My taste in games is almost as diverse as it comes. I pretty much don't touch RTS games and I generally avoid sports games, but I can enjoy them. Other than that I enjoy every other genre... Portal, Dark Souls, Uncharted, Braid, Mario, Metroid, Zelda, Batman AA and AC, God of War, Gears of War, World of Warcraft, Red Dead Redemption, Sound Shapes, Journey. That is a quick mix up of games I enjoy. Pretty much any good game regardless of genre.

If you wish to inform me of this rich library that the 3DS has I am all ears, but I have Mario3D Land, Street Fighter4 and Zelda. Pretty much my next purchase should be Resident Evil, but I am stuck after that. Paper Mario was supposed to be the game for me, but I have really been put off this title recently.

SilentNegotiator1286d ago

"At this point in time I can get a Nexus7 for a cheaper price than a 3DS"

.....seriously? Because here in the US, the 3DS is like, $170 or something like that, and Nexus is at $200.

-GametimeUK-1286d ago

Well after I said that I put in brackets "or roughly the same sort of price". Maybe a tad higher or a tad lower. I know there are things to consider, but I wouldn't get a console without it being part of a bundle. These are the 2 prices I first came up with for the console 3DS I would buy and the tablet.

3DSXL bundle (the one I would want) at £169.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nin...

Nexus 7 16gb (the one I want) at £159.00
https://play.google.com/sto...

Only reason both the prices are not from Amazon is because the Nexus7 is in competition with the Kindle Fire.

ABizzel11286d ago (Edited 1286d ago )

I agree and it would be ideal, but it's not happening anytime soon, and by the time it does the PS4 and Nextbox will have had plenty of time to obtain a nice size market share.

We're 3+ years off from seeing these tablets running PS360 quality games natively, and then we have to deal with the high price of such a tablet, as well as the low battery life. So overall we're truly 5+ years off from a "Super tablet" becoming a console replacement.

5 years should be enough time to get the tablets down to a $299 price, offer games comparable to PS360, and develop a battery that last for 6+ hours of gaming on the go.

The funny thing is that's exactly what I see Sony doing with their next handheld. A dedicated handheld is a hard sell in this market, but a gaming tablet isn't for true gamers. A tablet with a Quad Core Processor, a Quad Core GPU, and at least 2GB of RAM, and you've got a PSV+, PS3, or better yet a Wii U in your hands, and for a gaming portable that's great especially considering it can be sold for $199 in a couple of years.

MasterCornholio1286d ago (Edited 1286d ago )

Paying over 500€ for a tablet that can run 360 games seems a poor choice when you can get a console like the 720 or the PS4 at a much lower price with much better hardware. Although i have to say that casual games are fantastic with a touch screen.

Quote from you "Sony and Nintendo want to continue with handhelds they're going to have to be Cell Phones (which would be their death, having to compete against established devices from Apple, Samsung, and others) or gaming tablets (which is still an untouched market)."

If that becomes true than the only ones who will really suffer is Nintendo because they dont have any experience with making cell phones. Sony are the only ones who can compete with Apple, Samsung and other smartphone manufacturers because they already have a whole division for mobile devices. Nintendo will not go away though because in the end they will end up producing games as a third party developer (like Sega) for tablets and smartphones (even though they said the opposite which is a bunch of BS)

ABizzel11286d ago

True Sony has experience with Cell Phones, but outside of Japan and some areas of Europe their phones don't do anything which is why they're mvoed from the $199 to the free - $99 selection of phones, which sucks for the company, but is great for consumers, because their phones are actually pretty good, just not on par with the top 5 or the hype for the top 5.

I would use the PlayStation Phone as an example, but that was a poor attempt at best.

A tablet is the safer bet, it's larger so it'll have a bigger screen than a handheld would normally rely on, it has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a device you'd always have with you, it has Blu Tooth so you should be able to sync a Dual Shock 3 / 4 to it, being bigger also means it'll be easier to cram better hardware into it, and thanks to apps, solid camera, and other features they can get away with selling such a device at $199 - $299 for a 8" model, and $399 - $499 for a 12" (gaming needs a bigger screen).

GamerSciz1286d ago

A tablet is not a practical gaming console. Not enough memory, storage, or processing power. That's just the truth plain and simple.

ABizzel11286d ago (Edited 1286d ago )

I didn't disagree, but that's why the articles states streaming everything through the device, like Netflix which tons of people use on their console, and services like Gaikai.

rainslacker1285d ago

You make a good point, but is streaming really something that is accessible for everyone, or is it simply something for the more elite(ie. wealthier) game player? I personally do not want to have to pay for a data plan service just to be able to game on the go. While it may be good for the home with a wireless Ethernet, doesn't that defeat the purpose of it being mobile.

While mobile hotspots are becoming more plentiful, outside of the big cities they are still pretty rare.

"Super Tablets" may gain a market, and offer something for some people, but it is hardly representative of the future of gaming. Even if they pack in more power, which is likely, they still have many obstacles to overcome to become a mainstream device like current consoles are.

On top of that, tablet makers aren't going to cater to the current console market because there is no revenue stream for them to do so. They are in a position where they constantly have to keep offering the next big thing. With so many options on the market when it comes to hardware among a single platform(ie iTunes, Google marketplace) do you think that major game releases are going to work out when the games can't be tailored to the closed systems of the current market? Developers have a hard enough time just supporting Apples yearly release of a new product, so I don't see how adding in several manufactures will make it any easier. PS Mobile is hoping to rectify this in some ways, but still suffers some of these multiple architecture drawbacks.

EddieNX 1286d ago

Exactly.

Tablets are a fad. They're pretty crap in my opinion. You can't beat a Laptop and a 3DS/vita or a home console or a gaming PC.

The tablet is right at the bottom of my personal Pecking order. Buttonless gimmik...

ABizzel11286d ago

I disagree. A tablet could be a great gaming device, but no one has taken it seriously. They have Blu Tooth so syncing a controller to them would be a simple task, they could easily have the horsepower to run games on par with Vita - PS3 range with the new chips that will run them starting late 2013, and they are as multipurpose as any cell phone out there, which when it comes to apps and other uses means tablets are even more useful than handhelds and home consoles.

The problem is only 1 company had planned on making a serious gaming tablet, but then they nerfed the final specs., and made the tablet so overpriced it was no longer worth it ($500 with the same specs. every other tablet has).

A true gaming tablet won't be ready for another 4 - 5 years, and it's going to take Sony or Nintendo (most likely Sony) to make it. By that time it should be PS3 quality (maybe better), have a decent battery life (6 - 8 hours gaming), HDMI out (a must for such a device), and sync with your PS4, all for $299 8" (16GB - 32GB) or $399 12" (32GB - 64GB).

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