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The key factors behind the success of smartphone gaming

Hugely popular console releases like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War will always register big success but there is certainly new competition in town. Step forward, smartphone gaming and it’s offering which is improving year on year. In fact, the improvements made in this particular space have been quite remarkable.

Less than 20 years ago, the main option for mobile gamers was a session of Snake. A classic game in its own right, it hardly serves up the sophistication of the modern-day releases we all have access to on both iOS and Android. Today, we can enjoy a whole host of titles which are perfectly suited for a mobile phone device. For example, friends and family have contributed greatly towards the success of titles like Among Us as they rumble the killer on a spaceship. Then, for casino gamers, there are popular options like the Vikings slot game based on the classic TV show. These commonly utilised options accompany the likes of augmented reality titles such as Pokemon Go and free-to-play match-three puzzle video games like Candy Crush Saga. We’re even seeing the emergence of console-quality titles now making the transition over to the mobile gaming world, too.

Console gaming isn’t accessible on the move

A key factor behind the success of smartphone gaming is largely down its convenience and the fact that gamers can sample an array of titles throughout the day, while on the move. Console gaming, on the other hand, requires far more time and attention which can put casual gamers off. As such, there has been an influx of casual gamers discovering the benefits of gaming on a miniature handheld device. It’s convenient, most games can be downloaded and fired up within seconds, and the games tend to lack the detail and complicated gameplay which many console titles do. Smartphone gaming is essentially a fun and entertaining experience which can be enjoyed anywhere as long as you have an internet connection, although some games can work offline also.

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With the emergence of smartphone gaming has come a growing population of casual gamers who are enjoying the sheer number of titles on offer in both the Google Play and App Store. These types of gamers wouldn’t necessarily want to put on a headset and partake in a four-hour session of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, for example, but the opportunity to dip in and out of a few smartphone games does appeal. That’s exactly why the stereotypical view of a gamer appears to be vanishing, with parents embarking on a smartphone gaming adventure these days, alongside elderly players who are enjoying puzzle releases and brain training titles.

A more affordable option for all

Console gaming isn’t cheap. In fact, there is a perfectly valid argument to suggest that it has reached ridiculous levels of investment for the average gamer. For example, a newly-released console such as a PlayStation 5 is hard to purchase for anything lower than £599.99 at the time of writing, and that’s before you’ve even factored in the games on offer and the variety of accessories which can apparently add to the all-round console gaming experience further.

Smartphone gaming, though, is either completely free or incredibly cheap. Most of us already have a smartphone these days, therefore opening up a range of games to sample in the process. The titles on offer are also more detailed and graphically advanced than ever before which, in turn, provides smartphone gamers with a worthwhile gaming experience away from a console.   Smartphone gaming is certainly more affordable, put it that way.