Gaming Phone – The Evolution Of Gaming Is Here

November 27th, 2010

I am very excited. Actually, I’m very very excited. See the photo above? Yep, it’s this rumored and much talked about Playstation phone. It’s a gaming phone folks! The fact is, this is real and it’s coming. It’s time to start getting geeked about gaming phones!

I’ve been a gamer since the early days. You can’t ever question my passion for video games. Lots of great memories and I’ve seen a lot of video game trends come and go. In 2011, there is this new era of motion sensory controls. Great. The Wii and Nintendo brought this new style of controller to the marketplace and since then, Sony Playstation Move and Xbox Kinect have brought it to that next level. But this website isn’t about motion controllers. This site is about the gaming phone.

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FF III for Android, iPad and iPhone is FF IV

October 10th, 2013

Final Fantasy VI is headed to mobile gaming platforms! It will be officially named FF3. A lot of buzz has been created from this announcement which should indicate once again that people like to gaming on their phones and tablets given the opportunity. People likely are willing to spend $15 on a game provided it’s a top title. Final Fantasy is one such franchise. So this release date is expected to be in 2014 and Final Fantasy III will not be a direct port.

“It is basically like a remake of the original VI,” Tokita said as he proudly revealed his surprise at the end of a presentation about the recent smartphone release of FFV and the upcoming mobile release of FFIV: The After Years. “But there have been some enhancements.”

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[source: Kotaku]

Ubisoft says mobile gaming is a good thing

August 23rd, 2013

Ubisoft is a top game maker. According to Alain Corre from Ubisoft, the good thing about mobile gaming is that it is reaching more people and bringing new people to games. The thought process is that they get into mobile games, then later look to more robust gaming such as PC or the gaming consoles. So it does sound like Ubisoft feels that mobile gaming is a gateway to the more expensive full gaming experience. Time will tell on that one. Casual gamers turned hard core gamers? Perhaps some. However I would think price point is a big attractor for a lot of casual gamers. I can see both sides of the debate. The move is towards Android gaming and not away from it. That’s a big difference of opinion I suppose.

Games purchased on Android devices takes second place

August 21st, 2013

In terms of popularity, android games are in second place behind iOS. There are a few different sources that track information regarding game purchases. The game apps on Google Play have now passed devices like Nintendo 3DS and Sony PS Vita handhelds. What’s important here is trends. The piece of the pie is growning. That creates interest of game developers and accessory makers. See source: AllThingsD.com

Hands-on with the MOGA android gaming controller

August 19th, 2013

We think this is a great hands-on review or preview of one of the best android game controllers. What’s important to note is that the upcoming models, the Power Pro and Hero Power both will charge your phone while you play. That’s a biggie! The Pocket MOGA controller is available for $29 but doesn’t not charge your phone. The current Pro MOGA controller is at a price of $49. If you’re an iOS device user, be happy because MOGA will have a controller for those devices in the near future thanks to iOS 7. I highly recommend that you read the article on Heavy.com.

Nvidia Shield is available to buy now for $299

July 31st, 2013

One of the innovative gaming handhelds is the Nvidia Shield. Is it a phone? Not exactly. It does run Android and it’s quite a gaming beast in its own right. Here are the specs:

  • Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 802.11n 2×2 WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • HDMI output
  • 5 inch, 720p touchscreen display
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • free games Sonic 5 Episode II THD and Expendable: Rearmed

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EA is juiced about gaming on phones and tablets

July 4th, 2013

Another feel good story here. This time from E3, the EA Labels president discussed mobile gaming, where it’s at and where it’s headed. If you didn’t know, EA is already working on Frostbite games for iOS and Android. Essentially EA realizes the graphic capabilities of the upcoming tablets and phones is going to be at or near PS3 levels. That means games that were once thought of as impossible for a mobile environment are simply not limited in ways thought of before. EA is another company in a long list that is seeing the growth and potential in the mobile gaming market. One of the interesting aspects is how to incorporate touch controls in games that otherwise use real gaming controllers.

A Google android gaming console and Apple gaming console is great news!

June 28th, 2013

You might be hearing rumors starting up about a Google branded Android gaming console. Apparently this is in response to the suggestion that Apple is putting together their own gaming console. How does this relate to mobile gaming?

It’s great news because it means an even greater user base. It means more eyes, more interest, which means? More games! You have to see the big picture and realize that a Google gaming console means game developers have yet another reason to really push Android versions of games. Same with an Apple gaming console. It means incentive for better games and more games.

This is going to have a direct impact of the future of gaming on phones. That’s what we like to hear!

See more on Forbes.com.

Age of Empires Android and iOS just the start from Microsoft

June 24th, 2013

This is best described as juicy news! According to reports, Microsoft is going to be porting their big game franchises onto Android and iOS. This apparently will include both PC and Xbox games if you can believe it. Frankly, I believe it! I want to believe it! Age of Empires for Android and iOS is apparently going to be out in 2013 and it’s going to be free-to-play. Ads perhaps? Might be an avenue for Microsoft to get into the online advertising business in a bigger way. I don’t want to go overly geek over this announcement, but seriously, this may be one of the biggest mobile gaming stories so far. This could mean a vast amount of high quality and well know video games that can be played on Android and iOS devices. It would also really push the gamepad market to new levels also. Don’t kid yourself. This is the real deal and proves once again that games for Android and iOS are the real threat to consoles. Check out the original story on Yahoo News.

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Gamepad for gaming on your Android phone or iPhone – The Future

June 19th, 2013

With the recent leaked image of the iPhone gamepad by Logitech, it certainly has me thinking. Here is a recently announced Android phone/tablet style with gamepad.

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This is not a Playstation Vita! No, that screen/display isn’t removable. This is essentially a smartphone that is trapped in a gamepad. But this is my point. If you make that display/phone removable out of that particular gamepad, I would suggest that would be amazing. I love FPS games and to me, dual analogue thumbsticks are essential.

What I really believe at this point is that not only with the iPhone gamepad market flourish in the Fall 2013, but also there is going to be a flood of Android gamepads with the same design. I would think of these style of gamepads as being like a gamepad dock. People have even suggested that these gamepad docks will have extra battery power for your phone. That makes sense!

The design makes too much sense when you see the leaked Logitech photo. There is no reason to think that there won’t be Android gamepads with the same design and features. It does seem to make the most sense and is the best way to offer first class controls for iOS and Android games.

Are you excited yet?

Gamepad for iPhone 5 leaked image

June 17th, 2013

Thank Kotaku.com for this image.

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This is an authentic photo leak of a Logitech iPhone 5 gamepad.

Here is an image of the Playstation Vita:

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I think when you compare the iPhone gamepad to the PS Vita, you can see where this is going. I would suggest that having a dual analogue thumbstick gamepad is far superior and hopefully this happens. I’m sure it will. Afterall, FPS on mobile is already happening about is about the most popular genre of game out there. Not including Angry Birds of course.

So instead of what Sony tried with the Play phone, it does appear that we’re heading for smartphone docks which have the game buttons and thumbsticks. I think that in the first photo of the iPhone 5 gamepad, you’re seeing the future of mobile gaming.