Smart phones and tablet PCs and other mobile platform equipment gradually rise, the formation of a new game industry market, and even such as EA, Square Enix, Ubisoft and other game console fortune of the game manufacturers, also began to join the mobile platform, as a new Profit growth point; and Sony, Microsoft is also on the game console to promote mobile games, as a new user to attract the selling point. This means that the game console may have ushered in the transition, in the future is likely to be more portable form.
For decades, the form of video games are concentrated in the game console on this platform, although the computer game is also a form, but mainly concentrated in the field of online games, those “AAA” class masterpiece such as “Grand Theft Auto”, “Assassin’s Creed” “Final Fantasy”, etc., will still be the game console as the starting platform. But this situation seems to have changed.
More powerful hardware
The rapid development of mobile processors is impressive, such as NvidiaTegra K1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 and other processors, already has more than the previous generation game console; more importantly, mobile processor manufacturers, game developers pay more attention to the mobile platform , Mobile and tablet PCs gaming platform growth is also more than the traditional game platform, the development of hardware is more optimistic.
Market research firm Emarketer predicts that by the end of 2014, the global coverage of smart phones will reach 1.75 billion units, while the new Tablet PC, hybrid equipment (such as Nvidia Shield) will also be the focus of the development of equipment manufacturers. It is foreseeable that the mobile processor will still have great potential, is expected to achieve more powerful performance.
Game engine greatly improved
In addition to the continuous development of hardware, the evolution of the game engine is also the development of mobile gaming platform. At present, such as “endless sword 3”, “Ares of Wrath”, “dark pasture” and so on using the Unreal Engine 3 super game, has been able to achieve the host game-style scenes and game architecture and form, coupled with the game hardware , We have been able to play on the phone and tablet to the host level of action, shooting and online RPG games.
The concept of game developers is also changing in this case. Last year, many developers invested more than 30 million US dollars to develop a mobile platform game, this budget has been comparable to the host game. At the same time, the same game engine allows manufacturers to easily mature technology directly applied to the mobile platform, so fast and efficient development of mature works.
Future game trends: cross-platform
Bill Rehbock, general manager of Nvidia Mobile, said that multi-platform is a trend in the game area, a game may have hundreds of online players, perhaps through the PS4 host, perhaps through the PC, but also in the Nvidia Shield through Stream Games, a variety of game equipment will be the trend. Bill Rehbock also believes that mobile technology is expected to catch the Xbox One and PS4 in 2015.
Another change in the game market, from Microsoft recently decided to cancel Kinect and Xbox One forced bundled sales strategy. “I think this is the end of the game host era.” Bill Rehbock said, “With Nvidia, Qualcomm’s ongoing efforts in the field of mobile processors, handheld gaming devices continue to enhance the performance of the form, from the consumer’s point of view This is a kind of liberation, because the handheld device game experience more flexible. “On the other hand, Sony PS Now service has been in the layout of the cloud game platform, in the handheld, mobile phones, flat and other multi-platform PS3 games, Platform will be the focus of future game development.
Xbox One and PS4 life may be as long as 10 years, and in the past 10 years, the development of mobile devices is clearly immeasurable, the next generation of host form may also be a huge change. Perhaps the future of the “PS5” is no longer a game console, but a service, you can in the mobile phone, tablet PCs, portable game, smart TV on the game, the form of electronic games will usher in a new era.