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The Ins & Outs Of Mobile Gaming

Sunday, June 21st, 2015 by | Filed Under: Smartphones
 
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Mobile gaming is a booming industry. In fact, it is expected to grow by 50 percent each year into the foreseeable future, and in 2015 will surpass console gaming in revenue generated. It is becoming such a dominant player in the marketplace that mobile gaming will soon simply be referred to as “gaming.” No qualifier will be needed.

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But why the sudden shift in consumer and gaming habits? Well, there’s no one reason. Rather, a trifecta of factors have lead up to this point. Those factors are the abundance of mobile devices now available, advances in mobile technology, and the nearly worldwide adoption of mobile devices from consumers of all backgrounds, gender, and ethnicity. In effect, mobile devices are everywhere, being used by everyone.

No Longer Novelties

Long before tablets and smartphones were the powerful and robust computing devices that they are today, mobile gaming was already finding an audience. Think about some of the most classic titles in the mobile marketplace, and how long they’ve now been available in the app store of your choice. Angry Birds. Flight Controller. Cut the Rope. Plants vs. Zombies. These titles have been out for years now. And yet, in many ways, they represent the old mobile gaming market. Now, first-person shooters, turn-based strategy games, fighting games, and racing simulators are the titles to have. In other words, console games have migrated to mobile. Remember when we thought it might be the other way around?

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This is possible due to incredible advances in mobile technology. Snapdragon’s quad-core processors, which are made by industry leader Qualcomm, can be found in a wide range of tablets and smartphones, and provide these mobile devices with incredible computing power and graphics processing ability. This has enabled game developers to design and develop games for mobile devices that even five years ago would have been nearly impossible. As a result, mobile games are beginning to appeal not only to the casual gamer but the dedicated and long-time gamer as well. Perhaps for the first time, mobile gaming has something to offer everyone.

A Device for Every Need

With a wide range of tablets, smartphones, and phablets now available from an equally diverse range of manufacturers, consumers aren’t hurting for choice when it comes time to buy the newest device. If anything, there may be too many options for many. If there’s one consolation to this abundance of choice, it is this: there is now a device to meet nearly every need in the marketplace. This might be best illustrated by the use of dual-core and quad-core processors. Each offers unique benefits, and they are designed to serve different purposes. And currently, you can buy either.

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The quad-core vs dual-core debate isn’t a new one. Ever since quad-core processors have been used in mobile devices, people have wondered what advantages they offer and whether they are worth the price of admission. For many people’s needs, a dual-core processor will suffice. As powerful as today’s smartphones and tablets are, most people still use them almost exclusively for texting, Facebook, and YouTube. You don’t need much processing power to support such tasks. Individuals who are interested in multi-tasking on their devices, however, may find that a quad-core processor is a better match to their needs. In general, quad-core devices are more capable of running multiple programs at once. These devices also have the added benefit of being somewhat future-proof.

Mobile Gaming is the Future

Mobile is the future of gaming. The writing is on the wall. Thanks to worldwide adoption, constantly improving technology, greater accessibility, and an ever increasing selection of titles, traditional console and PC games are set to go down the same path as technologies like the typewriter and manual transmission – if not gone entirely, mostly forgotten. If you’re a console or PC gamer, it might be best to prepare yourself now!

~ Jessica

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