Sony announced their new PSP device towards the end of last month, which they called the NGP. We are told that this is just a codename for the PSP2 and that it stands for Next Generation Portable; so how much future is in the device? I say this because we have seen a pattern with not only smartphones but tablets as well; they have started to become a popular way in which to play games while on the move.
Forgive me if I am wrong, but surely people would much rather have one portable device that does it all; it might be nice to have a device like the PlayStation Portable or the Nintendo 3DS, but that’s another item you have to carry with you. We are now entering a stage where we want one thing that does them all, and the iPhone and tablet devices could be it.
Dallas News has raised something interesting, saying that the biggest portable video game of 2010 was Angry Birds, and it was not seen on any of the handhelds. This game was for the Apple iPhone at first, and then Android followed with the app after. This is just one example, take Farmville, this will not be able to be played on the NGP, as it can on the iPhone and iPad.
GameStop’s Bob McKenzie said that there is still plenty of life left in handheld gaming devices, as gamers want games that offer them more than 5 minutes of fun. Having said that, as smartphones become more powerful, so the games will become more complex. We are now entering a stage where the range of phones coming to the market will have dual-core processors and much more RAM — watch this space.
Do you think that there is still a future for portable gaming devices, or will the smartphone succeed them?