It’s been almost seven years since the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were released, and computer technology has changed a lot over that time. In fact, computer technology has left consoles so far in the dust that today’s console games look embarrassing compared to the graphics seen on even the most basic gaming PCs.
But that’s not the worst of it – according to a mobile executive, the next generation of smartphones will equal the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in terms of graphical performance. That’s right: the games you play on your phone could soon look as good – if not better – than those you play on your console.
This development isn’t as surprising as you may think. Computer hardware gets faster, smaller, and more powerful every year, and it was only a matter of time before smartphone technology surpassed that of many computers. Many of today’s smartphones are more powerful than computers built within the last 5 to 10 years, and they leave older consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation 2 far in the dust.
Already, we’re starting to see game developers pour millions of dollars into the world of mobile gaming, and many of these developers are being rewarded with fantastic profit margins. Gaming giant EA recently acquired several mobile companies for millions of dollars, and the casual mobile gaming market is a lucrative multi-billion dollar industry.
In an interview with ComputerAndVideoGames.com, Activision’s vice president of mobile development – Greg Canessa – explained that the company has big plans for mobile gaming in the future. Although Activision has a limited mobile presence right now, the company has always focused on quality over quantity (recent Call of Duty titles notwithstanding). Canessa explained that the company is “taking an organic approach, building things from the ground-up,” and that they want to bring a more thoughtful approach to the world of mobile gaming.
When games like Angry Birds create billions of dollars of revenue, we look forward to seeing what a real game developer might bring to the mobile gaming space. If Activision and Blizzard decide to jump into the world of mobile operating systems, the results could be stunning.
Think of touch-screen MMOs that run on your mobile phone throughout the day. Or, think of how Call of Duty could work on some of today’s newest phones. While games like this might make hardcore PC gamers frown, they have the potential to open up a new generation of casual gaming for millions of people around the world.
Of course, with smartphone technology surpassing the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 soon, this issue begs the question – when will the next generation of consoles be released? Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have held up remarkably well over their lifespans, but over the last year their limited graphical capacity has started to become a factor. PC game sales have risen while console sales have slumped, all of which points to a new generation of consoles being released soon.
The ‘Xbox 720’ and PlayStation 4 are both rumored to be in the early stages of development, although very few details are known as of yet. We might be a year or two away from the next generation of consoles, and even in that limited timeframe, smartphone technology may be able to catch up.
What do you think? Can you see yourself playing the full version of Madden 2013 on your smartphone? Are you craving to play Halo Reach or Call of Duty on a Galaxy S IV? Obviously, at the Speed Up My PC Free blog, we’re all about pushing hardware to its full potential, and we can’t wait to see what the next generation of smartphone games has in store for us!