Hello friends Handheld Lover here and I have got to be honest this is an opinion article by yours truly.
Now this article goes deep deep into the heart of gamers and asks the darkest questions and provides some answers as to what benefits each of these contenders brings into this battle and why the battle field has changed from how it was when Traditional consoles and handhelds reigned supreme and why that reign has come to an end and how it is the fault of the console makers themselves!
History shows it has been from the 1980′s until roughly 2009 that consoles have reigned with ultimate domination on the complete battle field of gaming meaning both handhelds and home consoles. Without any major outside competition form any major threat on all fronts other than other mainstream console makers their battle raged until only three key players remained and their strengths and weaknesses will be discussed.
First General to get mentioned is MicroSoft and their gaming brand of Xbox. They are the young upstart in this battle and are only one generation behind Sony when it comes to longevity in this war. MicroSoft’s battle field tactic has always been to play the dirty ground game of less for more! In no generation of gaming has their console been the most powerful or offered the best value but, because of MicroSofts choke hold on timed DLC or early release of games on their consoles over their competition for multi-platform titles they use these as leverage against their rivals. Again fair play is not what Micrsoft’s game plan is all about and, nowhere is it better shown than in their underhanded tactics of paying for exclusive in game content for multi-platform titles and the criminal mastermind of an idea of buying time of a developers game! Meaning they pay developers to release multi-platform titles not only on their console first but to also have it available only on their console for a set amount of time. MicroSofts weaknesses is that they think all gamers are dumb and that they can keep milking their less for more tactics until the end of time and that they do not have their own unique handheld to even put up a fight on the handheld front.
The next General who is waging war on all fronts of this gaming global conquest is none other than Sony and there brands of PlayStation and PlayStation Mobile. Sony got into console warfare by partnering with Nintendo then later backing out of that alliance Sony is that jack of all trades in this battle. They have PlayStation Mobile which is their platform of destruction aimed at Android gamers. And of course they also have the PlayStation platform aimed at the console minded gamer and,of course they have the PlayStation Vita as their handheld weapon of choice. Now Sony unlike Xbox use’s the tactics of always claiming to offer more or a fully connected gaming ecosystem. Although truth be told it is mostly a blunt lie to entice you as,they seldom deliver on backing up even a fraction of their hype. Proof of which is the Remote Play bait they have been using for awhile to ensnare both handheld and console gamers. By the promise of being able to play your console games away from home. Which they haven’t lived up to gamers expectations at all! And I know as well as anyone as I own a PS Vita and a PS3 and very few games allow Remote Play. Sony’s weakness is that they never deliver fully on their connected gaming ecosystem promises and even though they have the most powerful hardware this and next gen. They have an up hill battle because they appear to lack focus as to what they are trying to accomplish.
And now we address the old war dog of the big three none other than Nintendo! This is the only one of our war that has been here both before and after the great gaming crash of the 80′s. Now what most people fail to realize is that Nintendo’s main money maker and ultimate hustle is their handheld consoles but hey don’t take my word for it look up everything I am about to tell you and you will see it is all facts. Nintendo has always made more money off of their handhelds than their home consoles! And the only company to offer any true challenge to them on this battle ground of the handhelds is Sony. Nintendo’s strategy lately is offering new ways to play games that keep it distinct from its rivals. They have the added benefits of being looked upon as both the family friendly console and handheld maker and, as having mascots that have lasting appeal to generations of gamers in a family. And as if them owning Mario and Donkey Kong and Link and Metroid weren’t devastating enough weaponry they also outright own that weapon of mass destruction known as Pokemon! Nintendo’s only weaknesses is that this generation and the next they will have the weakest hardware and that the WiiU Game Pad is not a true tablet. And unlike Sony Nintendo’s Handheld’s and Consoles does not even attempt to offer a truly connected ecosystem. Not to mention the family friendly stigma has kind of put Nintendo in place that most hardcore gamers no longer see Nintendo’s offerings as mature enough for their tastes!
Those are the three rulers of the console and handheld gaming landscape. They each have their strengths and weaknesses but they have laid claim to their stake in the land of gaming. But alas they have enemies that they never saw coming and I will discuss these rouge brutes that have come to pillage and conquer and will lay waste to empires that ruled before them.
The first of these Rogues is a complete killer as it offers something for everyone! You can connect it to a TV for that console experience or you can game on the go or its even versatile enough to help you with school or work. I’m talking about none other than Android powered Gaming Tablets/Handhelds. They have everything todays gamer wants but that the Big Three don’t offer. Like open operating systems and easy customizing and of course the ability to connect to your PC and play games from it or allow you to remotely finish that work project you need to complete in time or that homework assignment. And offer far more and better multi-media entertainment than the Big Three ever could with their tightly closed ecosystems. And with an APP for all of your favorite movies and programs and even the ability to to read a full library’s worth of books on the go or at home there’s no reason we shouldn’t be embracing these Rogues! And thanks to Nvidia and JXD and others there’s a Gaming Tablet to fit your preferred tastes and budget. Add to this list of talents a far better Web-browser than anything one of the Big Three has on offer and graphics that equal the console offerings both on the go and on your TV! Oh and of course most Gaming Tablets like my Nvidia Shield have all of the same controls and buttons and duel analogs and trigger buttons Traditional Consoles offer.
These gaming tablets owe their origins to the already guilty of Guerrilla Warfare multi-talented beast of a device known as a Smartphone. Smartphones are so deadly that they sell more in one year than consoles do in their entire life cycles! And with more powerful and better equipped Smartphones coming out almost every other week their complete technology offering just like their hell spawned Tablet offspring stays improving while consoles grow stale sitting around for the better part of a decade with only minor changes which are nothing more than face lifts.
And now come’s forth this new demon of the abyss into the battle and trust me it will lay waste to a massive chunk of the Big Threes install base along with its Smartphone and Android Gaming Tablet/Handheld family. The name of this monster is the Android gaming Console. Why am I able to state these things about these Android powered weapons of mass destruction aimed at the Big Three? It is because they out do them on everything that they claim as a strength! And I do mean everything. Every genera of gaming is well represented on Android and Android has hundreds of thousands of games to offer every year vs all of the Big Three’s combined few hundred from all of their consoles and handhelds numbers combined! And this is not even including Emulators. Not to mention at far better prices. And every single game you can play on one of these Android devices you also are able to play on your TV. Not to mention Android is the main operating system of Micro PC’s. So this will just help spread Android gaming that much further.
So all around the Big three are in deep trouble and they know it which is why some are calling this the last stand of the traditional consoles and I truly agree! And here’s why consoles themselves are trying to offer multi-media as a strong buying incentive but their closed operating ecosystem is their greatest downfall of it ever amounting to anything great. So friends this war is almost over it will play out as I have stated and anyone with an open view point will see that my points are valid. So lets watch this last standoff and take in all we can from it to tell our grands in the future of this upset victory that we are being eyewitness to friends.