So as we’re starting this new year, I came to realize that the mobile gaming scene has grown and is becoming widely popular but it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Smartphone hardware keeps improving and it has reached to a point where mobile games are competing directly with consoles and PC. It seems as though the smartphone and console gap keep on getting smaller.
The biggest game of 2018 was Fortnite Battle Royale, which was released on PC and consoles in 2017 and this trickled down to smartphones in 2018. The mobile version of Fortnite is identical to the consoles and this was something unheard of.
Apart from Fortnite, smartphones also got Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Ark survival Evolved which, are comparable to the PC and console counterparts. This has been spearheaded by the origins of handheld consoles like the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita, though the front runner is undoubtedly Nintendo, introducing handheld consoles in the Gameboy era.
Nintendo Switch however, is the posterchild for Nintendo and the trend setter for mobile gaming. They are blurring the line between mobile gaming and console gaming. I was surprised to hear that Nintendo Switch will be able to play AAA games in the likes of Doom 2016 and Elder Scrolls; these games were full fledged flagships not so long ago.
That being said, the smartphone space is also joining the Nintendo band wagon and there are companies such as, Razor with the Razor phone and Asus ROG phone who have built phones not only as a communication device but also a gaming device with hardware tuned specifically for gaming.
All in all, there are so many smartphone users and this is a huge opportunity for indie as well as mainstream developers to create really good games that you can enjoy in the palm of your hands. I see that in the near future we will have the option of playing AAA games on the go and mobile gaming will have a solid spot right next to the PC and Console gaming space.
Stephen is a gamer, experienced in immersive story, racing games and he casually plays first person shooters. He's been playing video games ever since the “Nintendo NES era” of consoles. He has taken interest in publishing game related articles in Kenya because there is a gap in our gaming industry in publishing consistent gaming content that would keep Kenya and African gamers updated on what’s going on in the gaming industry. He thrives in a creative and a team based working environment and always keeps an open mind in trying new game genres.