GameBlurb writes, "Is this it? Are we all witness to the final evolutionary step in handheld gaming?"
It gets to a certain point that you have all you need in terms of visuals, control input and connectivity. I can see the NGP being one of the longest running handhelds.
I didn't even read the article but I am 100% sure about what it is: Smart phones>gaming handhelds? These journalists still don't get it. On the NGP and 3DS I get to enjoy REAL games. I have an iPhone, it is plain awful and sh!tty to play a game on it. iPhones and other phones are only good for playing flash like games like Angry Birds, Fieldrunners, Plants vs Zombies etc. Games that cost 1 or 2 bucks. Ive (tried) to play Dead Rising and Resident Evil on iPhone. LOL it SUXSUXSUX!! If you don't have buttons, big screen or innovation, GTFO. NGP and 3DS are here to stay, peace out!
I thought they were next generation?
You don't have any idea how did these games (RE , DR on Iphone ver.) tortured me I want to play it but that just impossible
I honestly doubt it, though I do believe that the next generation of portable consoles will be completely different from what we are currently used to. The NGP and 3DS the forerunner of this.
No....the next generation will include a bunch of extra features and use new gimmicks rather than try to become a graphical portable powerhouse.
We will probably see smaller/better handhelds, maybe one with holographic displays eventually, but the desire to play games on the go is too large for it to just be phased out after the NGP and 3DS come out.
I agree that the popularity will only grow as we are becoming a on the go society. I reckon future systems will be portable in nature but at the same time offer high experiences at home.
Handheld consoles will probably be merged with phones, so this definitely might be the last generation of dedicated portable gaming.
As it looks.. the phone is going to take over and be able to do everything imo...
I believe that a phone is actually the final step that handheld gaming platforms can take. I mean we have 3D, great graphics, various control methods, internet, video, camera... I believe a phone network is about the only thing missing from mobile Gaming, and even then the PSP had Skype and it worked pretty well.
Did computers take over consoles, they can do everything and more right? LOL not even close Dedicated gaming Handhelds are number 1 in each region right now. They are hotter than ever. And have sold more than all the consoles combined in terms of units and sales. Games on phones pretty much blow chunks. Theres not one genre where anything you get on a phone is better than the fifthteenth best thing on the ds/psp People who think phones are taking over are morons. This whole article is based off of 1 statement from John Carmarck of Id Software, who is a bias'd asshole who is in apples pocket. Nothing he says can be taken seriously. I guess it doesnt make as much buzz when every moth dedicated portables are outselling consoles. Because thats what happens every month @below, it really hasnt actually. Dedicated marketshare has tripled this gen. And igames when ported to the ds/psp turn out to be nothing but shovelware ie zenonia, nova, ect
Well you have to admit that phones have made a huge impact in gaming, especially for the casual side. If my iPhone only had physical gaming controls, it would be one of the only handhelds I would need.
I can't see Apple outdoing these. Devs would make the real games where they matter. What are serious gamers going to buy their games for? Gaming dedicated handhelds.
No. That is all.
Who comes up with this crap?
i think not, gamers will always demand dedicated gaming devices edit: and no cloud gamming rubbish neither i want a nice big slab of hardware mmm tastey hardware
I think the overall demand for handhelds will drop with the casual gamer's sticking with the iphone and maybe the Xperia Play in the future. However there will always be a core base for them, and as long as the base is strong enough to keep them a float they will continue. (for example you can see this with sony has they are using the NGP for the "hardcore" crowd and the Xperia Play for the casual). I do think the lifecycles of handhelds will increase over time as well.
3D>high end graphics. Once tv companies incorporate glassless technology in television sets at a reasonable price, the PS3 will pick up steam(Although the Wii2 will be out by then, which will most likely have that feature).
I don't think Nintendo are gonna change or throw in the towel anytime soon
no they are not the last handhelds OK.
These handhelds are in it for the long run much like consoles are right now. Hell before the Nintendo had any real competition in the handheld market they would release a handheld every 2-3 years. (I remember as soon as the Game Boy Advance came out, Game Boy SP was right behind that, then you had the DS, then the DS Lite, then the DS XL, and now the 3DS.) Now that Nintendo has competition from Sony and Apple they got to think about a long term future now for their handheld devices. Sony/Apple are doing the same thing. (Thinking long term about their handhelds.) Why else do you guys think Sony/Nintendo are putting so much processing power and features into the 3DS/PSP2 it's to make them long term?! (It's that easy.) I've never been a portable gamer. But the closest thing to people really getting a console like experience on the go is the PSP2. (Not a fan boy. Just look at the advanced controls, features, processing power, and the idea that it's possible with the new cloud service Sony is making for PS+ that your able to take your console games on the go connected from your PS3 and your able to finish it both on the go and at home.) That's where portable gaming will have a huge impact. (Kojima Dream: Being able to virtually integrate a game sitting inside your console to your handheld device being able to play that game in that same quality on the go and at home is a real dream come true.) Seriously PSP2 is closer to this dream then people think it is right now. Who knows? Maybe Nintendo will try to do the same thing with Wii games if that's possible.
PS3 and xbox 360 last generation consoles ? Isn't that stupid So it also stupid on Handheld side Handheld have big market why they will stop it? And fans won't accept that at all
the handheld market will never stop, they understand that people need to game-on-the-go, they know people want to want to play CoD online whilst stuck in traffic :D
loool COD online on handheld will be a crime for society there will be a lot of accident everywhere streets , malls , offices works ,etc.
I wonder when MS will bring in their handheld to compete with Sega Gamegear
Too many naysayers on the internet these days.Everything is the "Last?".
I can see handheld gaming as the future of gaming, far from being the last generation, that's for sure.
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