A report carried out by an American market research company claims that by the year 2020 the majority of console and PC gamers will have switched to mobile/tablet gaming.
So home consoles are doomed again, huh?
@Save Lol apparently. In exactly 5 years from now ppl like me will make that random switch to mobile? So all those PS4's and X1 are just future paper weights? This doesn't add up. 2+2 still equals 4 right?
I can barely stand playing on a 27" computer monitor let alone a 5" phone or 10" tablet?! Mobile games haven't convinced me now and wont convince me by 2020 either. Besides, what the hell am I gonna do with my 55" HDTV if I don't have a console connected too it?!
@Army_of_Darkness How is a giant 27" monitor not big enough for you, but a mediocre 55" TV is?
Boycott mobile so he can be wrong by his lame prediction. I scream and shout until mobile gaming dissapears.
I'm all for switching to mobile, as long as it'll give me ps5 or ps6 graphics, 1080p/60-120fps while connected to my 60" uhdtv, has a place to insert a 100GB bluray disc (because....well...screw digital) and can accept connection with full capabilities to a ds5. As long as they can give me that, GO MOBILE.
Easily the most stupid article idea I have seen all year so far.........I say so far because there is always someone more stupid out there.
@MRMagoo123 "I say so far because there is always someone more stupid out there." Exactly, we still have 7 months of polygon articles to look forward to unfortunately.
Fire the guy who said this. He is out of touch with an entire market.
@mrmagoo Did you read the article? That's not really the author's opinion unless you only read the headline...
Maybe in a few generations we will have handheld systems with new battery technology and enough power to handle whatever most developers want to create, leading to an upswing in traditional gamers playing primarily on "mobile", but in 5 years? No.
Yeah in 5 years time were all gonna be bored of open-worlds, near photo-realistic graphics on our big screen, surround sound systems etc - and will all just play angry birds.
@NiteX LMAO, My Kitchen TV is 32" Sorry but 27" is considered small in my book.
Sure. Who would want to game on a 65" HD screen with surround sound & a precision controller when you can have your games on a 5 inch mobile screen?
i think this is satire. I do play on my phone a lot, but completely switching? completely idiotic assessment.
"Console and PC gamers expected to switch to mobile by 2020" Not me. I can't stand playing on a mobile for too long. I play quick games like Dots, Sodoku, etc, for 10-15 min on a mobile... and that's it. Playing a RPG/FPS on a 5" screen? NO THANKS (and this also goes for Vita and 3DS games).
Agreed. What many of those analyst fail to realize is that the increasing of mobile doesn't mean the decrease of PC or console... Thats just the dumbest thing I've heard in a long, long time. ...we can game on many things folks.
Mobile to me is the original Game Boy, Game Gear, Vita, 3DS, etc. There's certain experiences a smart phone can't replicate that the hand held systems can.
Touch Screen slot machines are NOT the future of real gaming and never will be. Mobile is primarily for casuals who wouldnt spend more than 5$ on a game which is why the vast majority of mobile games are cheap, dlc ridden horseshit with the depth of a puddle.
Whoever wrote this was probably born 15 to 20 years ago and started gaming on his/her mother's phone at the age of 10 or something lol Edit: I just checked the writer's profile in that website and found this: "When he’s not suffering from mild states of delusion..." LMFAO! I'm not even joking, check for yourselves!
LOL! Agreed. The same youngins that think "remasters" are new to gaming and that GOTY editions are a new trend. The lolz.
Should maybe try reading the article too; I'm not the one saying PC and console gamers will switch, merely reporting on research which claims that to be the case. In fact, I end the article by saying that those findings are wholly inaccurate and PC and console gaming is unlikely to be going anywhere for a long,long time.
@bionic... I was just about to tell people to read and especial finish the article... then I realize you didn't even read it! /s ^.^ But n4g isn't about reading comprehension.
@Prime Yeah I think the headline is about the only thing most people read judging by some of the comments.
Generally when reporting on a claim, it's best to add the line, "According to analyst", or some such thing. This clarifies it as a report, and not an opinion piece, and given the topic, probably wouldn't change he hit ratio....may even improve it since when I see that headline, it just looks like flamebait. Also solves the problem of people shooting the messenger...somewhat.
The day that happens My balls drop off
Do they drop off on your sisters back?
Whoever expects this switch is not smart. * People who have ties to the media + mobile gaming are trying to push people into mobile gaming by making everyone think it's " the new thing".... Just resist and they will go away eventually and try and scam somebody else. * Like a Snake Oil Salesman.....Call them out on their BS and they will have to move on to the next town.
I'm sorry but nothing beats the big screen...just cant see myself having a cellphone a primary gaming outlet...It doesn't even sound right
I cant even play emulators like the snes and mega drive on my samsung note 3 and that screen is huge by phone standards, there is more chance on me giving up gaming for good than going all mobile.
Lol, very little chance of me going full re... sorry, mobile.
No way consoles will go anywhere, mobile on the other hand. In 5 years it probably will be just an earpiece and contact lens or something and be even less fun to game on than it already is
I will never switch to mobile gaming.
lol consoles doomed? they said console and PC was doomed and console gamers said pc was doomed lol pc still going strong. if consoles were doomed? meh. good opportunity to stop paying for multiplayer.
Aww do you have to do extra paper rounds to afford the £3.30 a month?
You waited 2 years to play GTA then got banned for modding. Steam wanted you to pay for mods. The witcher 3 hardly looks better than the PS4 version. yep... PC is going strong.
Consoles have been doomed since the Atari days. I remember reading these same kinds of articles as a kid 25-30 years ago. PC's have been thrown into the bunch since the uptick in mobile gaming about 10 years ago.
just wonder operation locker 64 players from bf4 on mobile lol. never gonna happen
I will rather play old console games until I die, than switch to mobile ever. Mobile games are cheap, shallow and simply not worth any investment.
I expect by 2020 mobiles will be able to stream high end pc like graphics to TVs and then like the Wii U go mobile. These numbers though are usually skewed given they do not differentiate between games like candy crush and full 3D experiences.
Flying cars will be the new norm by 2020 also :P
I think a better title would be "Console and PC developers expected to switch to mobile by 2020" That's more believable.
I'm actually all for articles like this. I could always use a good laugh. I wonder how they read my mind and know how tired I'm growing of my big screen and surround sound and accurate controls and better graphics and big triple A titles, many of which won't release for at least another year or two. These guys are really on to something here. Do I even need to put /s at the end of this comment??
I really don't play very many tablet games. A little solitaire every now and then. I play my PS3, PC and Vita daily and plan on getting a PS4 next. But playing devil's advocate, is it out of the realm of plausibility to connect a tablet with higher than 1080p capability to a TV and use a wireless controller to play games? I use my Nook HD Plus to watch Game of Thrones on HBO Go all the time. If there were good games available I would use a setup like that.
There are quite a few mobile devices that can hook up through HDMI, and I'm sure there are apps that allow some sort of streaming. Still doesn't change the fact that the mobile market isn't likely to change so drastically in less than 5 years time, and doesn't change the fact that millions of people aren't going to simply start ditching PC and console to play on a extremely limited mobile platform. I know hardware is improving fast in that market, but not fast enough to see that huge of a shift. Even if the hardware were available, it'd be cost prohibitive. Those high end tablets/phones don't come cheap, and that's not going to change anytime soon. Most people still buy the cheaper stuff.
probably some bs that Konami is trying to pull to convince people of their decisions...
With GTA V and COD still selling good (games that require complex controls), with PS4 and Xbox One sales being stable, I doubt that's going to happen.
Will never do that until the games are not total horse sh!t. I don't see that changing in 5 years. But hey maybe we will start to see actual good indie games on it I don't know.
The only thing PC gamers and console gamers want besides faster stronger software is to be able to play to seamlessly pickup their games on the go.
Umm no.. I can go without gaming when I venture outside my house. When I get home I want to be able to enjoy a game in a big TV with surround sound.
Faster stronger software? No I do not want to play skyrim on the go at 3 am. I want to sit my ass down, and enjoy games while comfortable.
People did not get the sarcasm, sigh.
I quit as a gamer if console and PC extinct
I've had enough of mobile gaming. I'm not going to say it sucks or that I hate it but it is just bad game design. Mobile games have more in common with a Vegas Slot Machine than "real" console games. This isn't even about "pay to win" either, its about games that are designed around getting you hooked with stupid stamina or energy bars and completely random loot systems that encourage micro transactions. So no, I'm not going to move my gaming to mobile in the future. If anything I'm going to move it even more from mobile to console.
LMFAO! yeah right! as long as consoles are still around, ain't going mobile no time soon.
It would be like going back to olden times where we had to pay a dime to flush a toilet. Except in mobile it will be a virtual toilet.
I can't wait until technology reaches a point where we can have the latest PC games running low on portable gaming devices, like a Vita but for PC. I'd love to see Alienware tackle something like that eventually, and/or Steam.
See: Nvidia Shield. It is a mobile console for PC gaming. I have one and I love it to death.
That would be nice, but the problem is mobile chips are always a lot lower powered compared to desktop processors due to heat. So mobile chips will always be behind by quite a margin.. That is, unless/until something revolutionary pops up. The Shield is supposed to be decent, but it still heavily relies on streaming from your PC rather than strong dedicated hardware inside it, so it's not ideal.
Then the pc hardware would just be that far ahead of mobile devices as well as new games have come out and the cycle would simply start all over again ad nausea. Mobile will likely never really out pace or catch up to dedicated pc hardware, least not anything remotely new.
Sure..... Piss off.
Yeah, keep on dreaming. If things turn to mobile i'll be finding myself another hobby.
"Console and PC gamers expected to switch to mobile by 2020" Nope, not when PCs got much more hardware to offer.
Hahahahahahahahaha. Oh wait your serious? Let me laugh even harder HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Oh how wrong they are
have they ever met any pc gamers , its like the NRA only more militant .
You probably mean year 2030.
Nah 2050 maybe.
I wish mobile gaming was just a fad.