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iPhone Stepping Up As A Major Handheld

While the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP have been enjoying their supremacy in the handheld market this generation, Apple's iPhone is really stepping it up. With graphics that are better than the Nintendo DS, and an easy to access App Store, one has to wonder what is next for the multi function device....

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Mindboggle3829d ago

Sony should really get a PSPhone out because, I dont know about anyone else but the iPhone is a better audio player, better video player, its a phone, it has great CHEAP games, great apps and this is all done in 1 small device. Yes its not cheap but i would much rather play it than a DS or a PSP.

likedamaster3829d ago

Couldn't have said it better. I would no longer be caught dead with either a DS or PSP.

schlanz3829d ago

Its absurd to think a nice looking phone without any buttons will "replace" the DS or PSP. It can't even compete, truth be told. It may have sold 20 mil but that is paltry compared to the DS's 100 mil and PSP's 50- especially considering most people that buy iPhones could care less about the available games. I think its reasonable to assume less than .01% bought an iPhone for the games.. and that is unlikely to change.

Sitdown3829d ago (Edited 3829d ago )

Just out of curiosity, what would stop apple from releasing a sleek attachment that gives you buttons?

While I agree with what you said, I don't understand why so many people think there is a shortage of people in the world...its possible for Apple, Sony, and Nintendo to all co-exist on the handheld front.

madpuppy3828d ago

but it is just an overpriced phone with an identity complex. as a gaming device it is a joke with it's touch screen and motion controllers replacing real buttons and d pad. blah...

schlanz3828d ago

Do you really think Apple would develop a peripheral with buttons just to make games more playable? How many people would actually purchase something like that, which I'm quite sure, would be overpriced as is the usual for Apple's products? Not to mention, it would make the phone bulkier and less sleek. I doubt anyone would bother.

If Apple developed a separate device made for playing games, maybe that could compete. But not the iPhone. Its absurd to think otherwise.

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Pandemic3829d ago (Edited 3829d ago )

The three of them are enjoyable and would be difficult to choose.. Although the DS is something I probably wouldn't choose so it would be between the iPhone and PSP.

SpoonyRedMage3829d ago

I don't think it's going to take over and the major problem with it is the controls which can make games awkward or frustrating to play on the iphone.

It is a good force though because without the iphone we wouldn't have the DSiware(it'd probably be saved for next gen) or the PSP GO's downloadable stuff.

Some third parties aren't taking any of the handheld's seriously though and it's not enough to put a game on them if that game happens to be crap.

Microsoft Xbox 3603829d ago

The iPhone is a really good device to play quick mini games on the go. I really can't stand playing Hero of Sparta-like games on a touchscreen only device though. There are some games that must use hardware buttons/controls no matter what.

Close_Second3829d ago

...released a variation on the current IPhone or ITouch that had a slidable screen (like the PSP Go) that revealed physical controls (maybe with 2 analogs) then the PSP would die a quick death and those with a DS would at some stage mature into going "Apple".

Software alone will not save the PSP but it certainly won't hurt having more great games.

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