So lately we have seen some pretty impressive technology in the mobile phone and tablet market. Yet game console manufactures have not really developed that much in the last 2-4 years. The iPad 4 (What apple calls "iPad with retina display")has the A6X processor that is capable of some games that almost meet some of today's consoles in graphics. I am not entirely sure about the Android market but I know for a fact they have some beefy hardware in them as well. So as the question states it, are phones and tablets going to pass consoles? Or will the developers of the consoles step it up and put better parts and make higher quality games? Is the future of gaming going to be a tablet no bigger than an iPad?
Answer by ChrisLinuxGuy123 · Dec 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM
You are right, Consoles are getting less popular than SmartPhones and Tablets, because of their hardware compatibility, which means lack of games. Smartphones, however are teeny computers. Their processors are usually ARM processors. Take Minecraft for an example. Because of software and hardware compatibility, Androids and Apple devices can run it. However, the iPhone cannot run Java apps because of software compatibility. Android in my opinion, may take over. Also, some Androids are inexpensive and cheap, however low-quality.
Answer by ClosetFuturist · Dec 31, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Valve software has a new device in the works. This console/computer is likely to be a game changer. It's coming from an industry that's not afraid to support open resources. It's likely to be a strong and comfortable architecture for game development. I can't see why it wouldn't be setting the new standard. I think the question is actually a moot point. Consoles are and always have been the only dedicated gaming platform. It's apples and oranges. I can't imagine anything outselling smart phones in the near future and gamers are going to own them too along with PCs and consoles. Mark my words; in the very near future, no other platform will be able to compete with the optimization and immersion of a dedicated gaming machine.
Answer by Harold · Jan 02, 2013 at 11:17 AM
I think what you may not be taking into account is the product life cycle of a console system, and where we currently are in that cycle.
Smartphones and tablets (and "phablets") are on an entirely different life cycle, being constantly improved and newer generations always being released. A smartphone or tablet is generally expected to last two years, more or less, before it is replaced by the next generation version of the product.
Consoles, on the other hand, are expected to last about five or six years before they are replaced by the next generation. The current Xbox and PlayStation systems are in the final stages of their current life cycles, and are only receiving minor upgrades until their more highly developed replacements are put on the market.
Though I understand that some smartphones really pack in some power, none will ever match the processing and graphics performance of whatever next-generation console system hits the market. Let's forget about Nintendo consoles for a moment here. A top-of-the-line smartphone or tablet may be able to perform about as good as the dozen-year-old PlayStation 2 or original Xbox, but it'll never be able to run the latest Elder Scrolls game in the way that it runs on the latest generation of those systems.
As for Nintendo -- well, Nintendo isn't after the "hardcore gamer" market, and their games may very well perform as well on a tablet, if not better. Perhaps this is one reason Nintendo is expanding into the tablet market, in a sense, by making their console controller a tablet itself. ("If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!")
Answer by AlphaBootis · Jan 04, 2013 at 09:40 AM
I know one thing, and that is not a singular of such future of [insert whatever] predictions have been true to date. :P Desktops are still here, so are laptops so the Tablet still didn't do much in taking over the world. Gaming is still just as big on the PC as it is on the PS or on the XboX, so its still not killed by the consoles.
The iPad graphics are good i will admit but not yet of real current generation console quality. I'm sure its a matter of time it will be but Microsoft and Sony are not sitting there looking pretty either. There are going to be new gaming systems. And there's more to gaming then graphics. That will always work better with a controller or keyboard and a big screen then touch based on a tiny tablet.
Answer by LukeS · Jan 04, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Like some have already mentioned, the gaming console market is about to get an upgrade. It's been this long because, admit it, the consoles have still been popular.
Some might say, "Well, they're able to fit more and more into less and less nowadays". True. This also means that they're able to fit much, much more into something that's twenty times the size.
Hardware aside, is much nicer to sit back on your couch and not have to even look at your controller, or bend your head over, and have your fingers blocking half the screen. And who wouldn't want a 55" gaming screen?
And seriously, do you know anyone who buys a smartphone so that he could do some hardcore gaming? It used to be that if you wanted to game, you had to buy a console. That's not true anymore, but that doesn't mean that console gaming is going to be passed up.