Will Tablet Game Quality Soon Leapfrog Consoles?

Gamasutra- Just as console gaming caught up to and overtook traditional PC gaming, there are strong indications that tablets could be the next big gaming platform -- at least until the next-gen consoles reveal themselves.

Indeed, according to Gartner, worldwide sales of media tablets (iPads and Androids) rose from 17.6 million in 2010 to 63.6 million in 2011 and are expected to grow to 103.5 million this year and to 326.3 million in 2015.

And tech providers -- like mobile graphics provider Nvidia and engine provider Unity Technologies -- are doing all they can to supply developers with whatever they need to create games that challenge AAA console titles head-on -- as evidenced by some of the demos at the recent CES show.

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dedicatedtogamers2411d ago


Technology is only one part of the equation. Without dedicated developers, you'll continue to have clones and knock-offs on the mobiles/tablets that simply rip off the popular games already on PC and consoles.

And the premise of the article is skewed: consoles never caught up and overtook traditional PC gaming. The vast majority of "teh casual gamers" play on the PC, not to mention the fact that pretty much all advancements in terms of physics and graphics start on PC and then migrate over to consoles a few years later.

darthv722411d ago (Edited 2411d ago )

not anytime soon however and the term "leapfrog" would be the wrong thing to use. Meaning that just as handhelds have evolved to surpass earlier consoles, so will tablets with prior gen consoles.

You see, by the time tablet graphics and games get to the level of where we are now with ps3/360 and pc, those platforms will TOO have evolved.

To think tablet/mobile gaming will remain as it is, is like thinking console gaming would not get any better than the snes. I am not one to swear by mobile/tablet gaming but i do realize that programming and techniques get better over time as does hardware gets better and smaller.

So to the title: the answer is simply NO. Not soon and NOT leapfrog consoles.

To the concept: that answer is inevitable but it will take time and development.

People shouldnt shut down the idea simply because they may not agree with it now. There will come a time when a tablet or mobile device will double as your console device. I can see a company like sony leading that trend but it has to be cost effective to do so.

I ask that people read this with an open mind at what 'could' be.

Baka-akaB2411d ago (Edited 2411d ago )

well said . Having some junk looking from afar as gears of war wont be the same as proposing a game of the quality of gears of war (replace/insert anything else you prefer) .

And i'm not just talking about graphics , it is a part of the equation , but gameplay , length , actual level design or design at all .

So far those clones feel more like tech demo so tablets owners could pretend they got the same things going on . Wich they'll in privacy immediately drop for better suited touch games like angry birds

dark-hollow2411d ago

People are really overestimating tablets and smartphones.

NoTheMama2411d ago

Sales of all consoles this gen say no.

ExCest2411d ago

sales dont mean nutin

but yeah still no

lemme say it in spanish. no

GraveLord2411d ago

Eventually yes they will pass PS3/360 BUT they will never support physical media and downloading 10+gig games is out of the question.

PS4 and Xbox 720 are coming soon and the gap will get even wider. Tablets will never catch up.

Urbz78702411d ago

maybe the handheld market.