Who Said Handheld Gaming is Dead?

With the inevitable rise and take-over of mobile gaming, many analysts speculate that handheld gaming will become obsolete because of it. However, what do those people have to say to these numbers?

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Jon_Fu_2348d ago

Happy to see handhelds alive and kicking!

TheFirstClassic2348d ago

The 3ds is doing great, but I really hope the Vita picks up. I'm really enjoying it right now, great games come with ps+.

Elimin82348d ago

Who Said Handheld Gaming is Dead?

Not I said this addictive gamer!

miyamoto2347d ago

Yup you are right.

And with the launch of the affordable but powerful gaming handheld like the Archos Gamepad handheld gaming device handheld gaming is here to stay.

At $190 the Archos Gamepad quite a beast gaming handheld at least in hardware Tech Specs department:

Display• 7’’: 1024x600 capacitive 5 points multitouch screen

Application Framework• Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Processor• ARM CORTEXTM dual-core A9 @ 1.6GHz
• GPU quad-core Mali 400 MP
• 3D OpenGL (ES 2.0)

Capacity• Flash Memory: 8GB* + microSD Slot (SDHC compatible up to 32GB)


Video playback1 • H.264 HD (up to [email protected] fps)
• MPEG-42 HD (up to [email protected] fps)
• With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, MKV, FLV

Audio Playback1 • MP3
• AAC3, AAC+ 5.13
• OGG Vorbis

Photo viewer4 • JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF

Webcam • Front camera

• USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
• microSD (SDHC compatible)
• mini HDMI Audio Video HDTV Output

Wireless technologies • Wi-Fi

• Built-in speaker
• G-sensor
• Built-in Microphone

Power source• Internal: Lithium Polymer battery

• External: Power adapter/charger

Dimensions & weight• 229.8 x 118.7mm x 15.4mm (9’’x 4.6’’x 0.6’’) • 330g (11.6 oz)

djslimzz2348d ago

I personally hate everyone that HATES over handhelds. In my opinion, handhelds are the future of gaming

TheGrimOfDeath2348d ago

What about next-gen consoles? Aren't those basically the future of gaming? Handheld consoles only play a very small part of future gaming, but don't get me wrong I would love if I could inject something into my bloodstream and instantly I would be in a battle zone.

imXify2347d ago

I don't know why you get those dislikes. Yes the future is for portable devices. The world is on the move, we need something to go with it.

ritsuka6662348d ago (Edited 2348d ago )

I'm glad the 3DS is doing well. I will not down-talk the Vita. It’s not necessary to trash-talk the competition,especially when they’re already struggling in sales and software. I’m personally not interested in Vita, but I view its competition as a rather good thing.

Snookies122348d ago (Edited 2348d ago )

I have both now, just purchased the 3DS a few days ago. It's a great little device, though it has some flaws for me personally... The speakers for one, sometimes aren't loud enough. I could barely hear what they were saying in the Dream Drop Distance demo. Also, the stylus placement is kind of bad for right handed people. As for some good points, its music player is the best ever. It's just fantastic... Also, I very much like the overall design of it.

Anyway, while I don't want to compare, the Vita is the best handheld I've ever owned. Although, the 3DS will not disappoint for those who want one. I just wish we could get some GBA games on the store. What's up with that? I want some Metroid Fusion, Link to the Past, and FFVI Advance!

DEATHxTHExKIDx2348d ago

Metroid Fusion is on 3DS granted it was part of the 3DS Ambassadors program. And its great the first Metroid game I have ever played. I would like to see Link to the past and FFVI as downloads as well. Even tho I own FFVI on GBA already.

The primary reason why I keep my old fat DS around is for the GBA tittles.

Venox20082348d ago

you could use headphones :)

Snookies122348d ago

@DEATHxTHExKIDx - Yeah, but that doesn't help those who weren't around for that program lol. If they DO have it available, why don't they sell Metroid Fusion in the Nintendo shop thingy?

Blastoise2348d ago

If GBA games DO come to the eshop I can guarantee you they will be overpriced. When I wanna play my GBA games I use my DS lite or my game boy player for Gamecube which is pretty awesome

BigStef712348d ago

I completely agree I know own both of them. Both are great systems but the vita is easily hands down the best handheld I have ever played. The only things that it needs are more games. I played UC:GA and AC:liberation and all I got to say is WOW!!! Its impressive how they made games look that good on a handheld. My only gripe about the 3ds is only having one circle pad. They should have abandoned the whole idea of using a stylus because it makes the experience not as fun. For the vita I love how the analogs feel and the touch screens coexist well with them

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majiebeast2348d ago

Psvita has plenty of good software you would know that if you actually owned 1.

nassour2348d ago

Very true, i have both the Vita and a 3DS and I game on both. A few months back everyone was like oh the 3DS is doomed and look at it now, the Vita also has so much potential. The best RPG this year is on the Vita aka Persona 4 Golden

DivineAssault 2348d ago

vita is awesome.. i will never give up handheld gaming.. I enjoy my vita over the consoles sometimes... Movin on to persona

nassour2348d ago

Persona is the best vita game, one of the best rpgs this year too

TheLastGuardian2348d ago

>Persona 4 Golden is game of the year, one of the best RPGs of all time.

Fixed that for you.

SandWitch2348d ago

Console gaming is dead too. Look how many PCs are there!!! They are destroying console market because you can play games on them!!!


nassour2348d ago

I wouldn't say console gaming is dead. It's not as prominent as it used to be but at the end of the day PC is trying to play games like consoles and console are trying to become as powerful as PCs. In the end it'll all be unified on one type of platform with the compliment of portable gaming

Hicken2348d ago

GynGa was sarcasm-izing.

It's the same train of thought that the idiots who think handhelds are dying use:

Since smartphones and tablets are selling so quickly and can play a few games, they're obviously killing the dedicated handheld market.

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