So this is happening again. A few articles about how mobile gaming is on the rise and will kill console gaming, a few videos on youtube with people who believe that and list off why they think so, and everyone ignoring that every reason they're giving is either a repeat of history, or defeats the purpose of mobile gaming.
We've heard it all. How smart tvs are going to come out with integrated gaming hardware, or a set top box will, or something other than a dedicated gaming console will come out and destroy consoles with help from mobile devices that are "as powerful as a GTX 780" or some other such nonsense. It's funny how people who say this are either too young to know, or completely forget, that those "threats" to console gaming are as old as console gaming.
Anyone growing up in even the NES era has seen the countless devices that could play game content and weren't consoles. Hell, mobile gaming was a threat to console gaming since before Gameboy came out. Now I know what some of you are going to say, "that's not the same thing because they weren't nearly as powerful as mobile devices today." True, but history has shown us that power doesn't mean anything when it comes to gaming (except to PC gamers).
There is big money in dedicated gaming consoles. There has been for decades. It's cheaper than mobile gaming because a mobile device that can boast an attempt at playing quality, console-esque games is, funnily enough, more expensive than a console that can do better justice for games than that device. Consoles are more practical, as you don't have to worry about how fragile they are in comparison to a mobile device (and face it, they're fragile as sh*t), nor do you have to worry about battery life for anything other than your controller, and you aren't straining your eyes when you game on a tv or even a monitor.
This segues into "you'll be able to hook up your mobile device to a tv via hdmi and connect a controller to the device as well." No one sees an issue with that? That defeats the purpose of "mobile" gaming and yet still carries the same problems as it. Do you want to hook up your phone, with its limited battery life, to your tv and take the chance that you'll be able to get a decent gaming experience that's worth your time?
Side Note: I once heard a long time ago about some engineering principle or law that applies to small devices. I can't for the life of me remember what it was, so I'm posting this side note for anyone who may know what I'm talking about and could post it in the comments. In any case, don't quote me on this because it's been a long time. What I heard is that with small tech there is a ceiling in terms of capability vs. power (as in battery life) and that unless a new source of energy is discovered or invented, that ceiling for small mobile tech will prevent any advancements one day. I could be very wrong about this, but it was on TechTV back when it was good so you know how long ago that was.
Continuing on, I'd like to reiterate how history is ever present in this issue. It's amazing how many people ignore that "all-in-one" devices aren't some kind of new technology that just sprung up out of nowhere. How many of you had a tv with a built in vhs/dvd combo? How wonderful was it when the VHS part broke and rendered your whole tv a piece of junk? This idea that an all-in-one mobile device is somehow better than a dedicated device is, like I said, not a new concept. It also ignores the huge problems associated with incorporating more and more tech into one device and expecting it to work the same as, or better, than something designed from the ground up to do one thing and do it well.
There will never be a phone or a tablet specifically designed for gaming. Oh sure, they'll have gaming capabilities, but they won't be focused on gaming. Count on mobile games never matching the quality of consoles or PCs in some fashion. Whether that be graphics, A.I., physics, tactile feedback, immersion, whatever. When technology is designed from the first chip up to do one thing well, it always does that one thing better than something that was designed to do everything and have all that tech crammed into one device. We've seen this before people.
Mobile gaming may come into its own in terms of gaming, cloud streaming may be a cool feature many many years from now when someone forces ISPs to loosen their grip on bandwidth and infrastructure is vastly improved, but console gaming is still worth a lot of money and is still far more convenient and practical than either of those two so don't expect them to be dying any time soon.
PC gamers, you know what I'm talking about. How many times have you all heard the same about PC gaming and the infinite number of reasons/excuses given for that? Has it happened yet? Exactly.