The Future of the iTouch gaming... a bleak one?
Clearly iDevices are attracting more big software developing companies. GTA:CW is a clear example of this. Although these companies are creating major leaps for the Appstore in terms of graphics and overall quality, they are also competing with smaller, private developing teams. I fear that there may come a time when the iTouch is just like the DS or PSP in the sense that there are no (or few) private developers who produce products for the platform. Private developers don't have the funding nor the resources that companies like Ubisoft, Rockstar, or Activision. Also, these bigger companies may be raising the bar, but are also raising the price of an app. Spending under 5 dollars for a quality app doesn't make me think twice. But spending 10 does just a little. And when the fanbase of these developers who have made other games on other platforms/consoles realize that their fanbase is not only on xbox/ps3 but iTouch as well, they will up the prices even more, untill a game that is 10 dollars in the appstore today, is 30 in the near future. Also, with the expected release of the Apple tablet, if apple uses the same app store for both platforms (iTouch/Tablet) many developers will produce games for the newer, more effecient tablet. Logically the tablet will be much better at running apps and will not be easily compatible with the iTouch, so if apps are produced for that superior system, many apps in the appstore may/will not be able to be run on the iTouch(or run slowly). Also a quick note to dev's (like the ones who were supposed to release The Relic) Better release your games fast before Assasains Creed II comes out because of it and GTA: CW many people giftcards/budgets on apps will be stretched since we are used to cheaper apps. I used to spend maybe 5 dollars a month to buy pages of apps (many free). But now with these brand names coming out I've already spent 10 bucks this month and if something intresting doesn't come out between now and then. 10 bucks next month.