★ TouchArcade needs your help. Click here to support us on Patreon.

Has iphone gaming now on par with PSP and DS?

11-02-2010, 12:18 AM
#1
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 161
Has iphone gaming now on par with PSP and DS?

jus wondering .. read a report somewhere that psp sales are losing steam .. and so is DS

does that mean iphone gaming and casual 5 min sessions are now the preferred mode for mobile and handheld gamers?

on trains, i never cease to be amazed at the number of ppl playin fruit ninjas, angry birds and so forth ... occasionally someone will be playing a console 3d like gameloft title and wow the person next to him/her

will window mobile 7 with its xbox ties be the next handheld gaming trend ... and is android gaming picking up? lots of android phones being sold, but i dont see as many ppl jumping onto the android game wagon
11-02-2010, 12:30 AM
#2
There needs to be a balance between short and log style of play sessions and deep games but also easy to gwt into and addicted games on any platforms if it wants to be a system for a wide range of gamers. The app atore doe ant have that yet, it is geared toward one gamer which is. Never good. And there needs to be a realization among the app store developers that ipad could and should provide longer and deeper gameplay sessions than the iPhone. The iPad is totally underutilized and neglected so far in gaming.

11-02-2010, 12:38 AM
#3
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 110
I feel like there's alot more than just quick casual games available on the iphone. Like Galaxy on Fire 2 that just came out, or all the RPGs that are available or the point and click adventure games like Monkey Island. There's plenty to find on the App stor and more arriving everyday. I hardly ever play my DS or PSP anymore.
11-02-2010, 12:39 AM
#4
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 288
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stirolak26 View Post
The iPad is totally underutilized and neglected so far in gaming.
Part of that probably has to do with the fact that there are so many more iPhones/iPod Touches than iPads which makes developing for the former more appealing since it's a larger market.

Twitter: @JZWilliams
GameCenter/OpenFeint/GameloftID/Disc Drivin'/Hero Academy: zman2100
11-02-2010, 12:39 AM
#5
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 1,359
Quote:
Originally Posted by ianlow32 View Post
Has iphone gaming now on par with PSP and DS?
It will be as soon as Project Sword or Mutant Bash TV are released.

Quote:
does that mean iphone gaming and casual 5 min sessions are now the preferred mode for mobile and handheld gamers?
Nope. Lol.

Quote:
will window mobile 7 with its xbox ties be the next handheld gaming trend
Doubt it. They have too much catching up to do. We have Epic and John Carmack on our team. *froths violently*

Quote:
and is android gaming picking up?
It's trying to, but I don't see it going very far. Their "market place" is a bloody mess, and Droid games are too easy to pirate.

Last edited by tsharpfilm; 11-02-2010 at 09:47 AM.
11-02-2010, 01:38 AM
#6
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,096
I also own PSP and DS.

iOS is very unique. It can't match certain types of games (i.e. fighting games) on those handhelds because it lacks physical controls. But for many types of games, yeah, it's equal and sometimes even much better than PSP or DS.

By the way, I play iOS games far more than PSP/DS. It's just so much more convenient, and does so much more than games too.

Quote:
does that mean iphone gaming and casual 5 min sessions are now the preferred mode for mobile and handheld gamers?
Are you insinuating that iOS gaming is only about 5 minute casual games?

Because that's simply wrong. Ten minutes reading reviews on this site ought to make that clear. Yes, we have tons of great pick-up-and-play casual games, but we have lots more than that as well.

Also, game pricing is a BIG plus on iOS. We can get tons of great games for a buck, and even the biggest name titles rarely cost more than a few dollars. Sure beats paying the $30-$40 average price for PSP/DS games, especially PSN games where Sony still expects people to pay $40 for downloaded games that you can't resell. Crazy.

Last edited by Chocolate; 11-03-2010 at 01:39 AM.
11-02-2010, 01:55 AM
#7
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,839
for FPSs, we now have gyro controls, but as they just came out this year, the upgrading will take some time,

I'd not compare iOS gaming to any other system, every thing has its own niche, probaly I cannot as my 1st gaming system was an n-gage qd, iPod touch 2g is the 2nd
I remember how much I used to play on n-gage & my thumbs used to hurt, now I play till my palms hurt for holding the iPod in a specific way,
I have over 3.5k apps, snagged most of what I wanted when it went free or 99 cents

my ngage died *sheds a tear* (lasted 4.5 years of rough use & falls )
Have also bought games that I needed & felt paying $5 was worth it for me ;
I bought worms on iOS for $5, Field runners, zenbound 2, reckless racing, penguin catapult by digital chocolate, chocolate shop frenzy for 3,
bought BIA, A:5, CRR, Doodle army, many others for a $, my 1st $1 app was classics btw

I had no clue that so many games & app'd be available & iOS would evolve like THIS (a Sea of crap with amazing gems)

Mis-quotes!!!!!!!
Quote:
Originally Posted by GodSon View Post
The bottom two is where you can buy your bottom turrets.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
at this point I should say we're not looking for anymore guys
11-02-2010, 02:07 AM
#8
Quote:
Originally Posted by zman2100 View Post
Part of that probably has to do with the fact that there are so many more iPhones/iPod Touches than iPads which makes developing for the former more appealing since it's a larger market.
But quality will always make money over quantity.
11-02-2010, 02:12 AM
#9
Hey ultimo, but iPad doesn't have gyro yet modern combat 2 for it has been getting just as good reviews on the app store so what gives?
11-02-2010, 02:30 AM
#10
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Belfast N Ireland
Posts: 2,169
I was seriously into the psp scene and I'll be honest most games on the app store haven't been close to the same PSP version this includes games like Fifa 11 which is recent and other ported games like Crimson Gem Saga and Chinatown wars.

That being said gaming on the Ipod/Iphone has really started to get serious and the PSP is definitely on it's last deathbed I'll always have a soft spot for the PSP but between apple and the upcoming Nintendo 3ds it's really starting to lose ground and seeing some of Sony's decisions lately I can see the PSP-2 being a complete flop.

I actually still really like my PSP but I've been gaming more and more on my Ipod instead lately and the price of the titles often tempts me so the app store has been getting far more of my wages than Sony.