May 17, 2013 02:03 PM EDT
The portable gaming report is out and it shows some interesting trends that show the increasing importance of mobile games over traditional dedicated handhelds and console games.
-Google Play and iOS both saw growth in downloads, consumer spending and install base market share, whilst dedicated handheld gaming consumer spending actually declined.
The current generation of mobile gaming is gaming-only devices like Sony’s PSP and Vita and Nitendo’s DS, DSi and 3DS. Consumer spending on the handhelds declined significantly while Google Play and iOS increased significantly at the same time suggesting a correlation. Spending for mobile and tablet games is three times higher than handhelds. It’s also worth taking into account that mobile games tend to be free or cheaper, coming in at the dollar range compared to the upwards of $40-50 a handheld game normally costs.
You can download the chart for yourself HERE, but we’ve posted all the graphs for those who don’t work in media. Google Play should keep track of these interesting trends, consumers are increasingly resorting to their smartphones and tablets as all-purpose devices that include gaming. They don’t want to wait until Black Friday or Christmas to find good deals on dedicated gaming platforms.
As more powerful graphics and sophisticated games come to tablets and smartphones along with games that run on Android, we are very liklely going to see traditional dedicated handhelds and consoles by Sony and Microsoft fall by the way-side.
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