Mobile gaming is the biggest sector in the gaming industry, and its growth shows no signs of slowing down. Although it’s unlikely PC and console gaming will disappear completely, there’s no disputing the fact that mobile games have become much more popular than their PC and console counterparts. Gaming on mobile devices has become so mainstream there are now smartphones dedicated to gaming, just as there are gaming PCs. As smartphone technology improves, mobile gaming will attract both casual and hardcore games, making it the future of gaming.
Since smartphones became mainstream about a decade ago, there has been an assortment of mobile games to play. However, mobile games have basic graphics and limited gameplay compared to console and PC games. Serious gamers have always preferred consoles and gaming PCs over mobile gaming because of this difference in graphics and gameplay.
Nevertheless, things are changing quickly. Advanced technology has made AAA games playable on smartphones. Mobile crossover games include ports of games that already exist on consoles and PCs, as well as multiplatform games that are playable across these devices.
A quick look at the 20 most downloaded mobile games shows that, while mobile mainstays like Candy Crush remain popular, console games like Mariokart Tour are also available on mobile devices. Although most smartphone games aren’t as powerful as console and PC games, over the next decade they probably will become so.
Play wherever you want
Another reason why mobile games are the future of gaming is that people want access to their games wherever they are in the world. Online casinos have become hugely popular in recent years, with most people playing casino games on mobile devices. Carrying a casino in your pocket has become so popular that it’s now easy to find a casino with mobile deposits. Although portable game consoles like the Nintendo Switch have transformed how we play games on the go, they don’t offer the same connectivity as smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
Blurred lines between consoles and mobile devices
According to mobile gaming trends, gamers downloaded billions of games in 2021 and many of those downloads were likely Genshin Impact. Genshin Impact is one of the most popular games globally, and it runs on PC, consoles, and mobile devices. The line between consoles, PCs, and mobile devices is becoming so blurred that Activision and Ubisoft both plan to release new versions of console and PC franchises on mobile this year. Their plans follow League of Legends’ late 2020 release on mobile, and Pokémon Unite’s release on the Nintendo Switch and mobile.
While you can find some indie games on PC and console, especially the Nintendo Switch, they don’t come close to the number of tiles available on mobile devices. The availability of games on the indie market is another reason mobile games are so popular. The Android and Apple app stores are open to anyone who wants to make a game, making indie titles abundant. In contrast, console and PC gamers don’t often come across indie games unless they specifically search for them.
Several indie games have gone viral, generating millions of downloads and significant internet buzz. Indie games available for mobile devices are much more likely to be discovered in the Android or Apple app stores by players who would have never found them otherwise.
Easy to play
There’s no getting around the fact that many mobile games are more accessible than PC and console games. When playing games on a PC or console, you have to master the controller and several combinations of moves. With mobile games, you can usually download them and start playing without following any instructions. The accessibility of mobile games has made them popular with gamers of all ages.