In speaking candidly with IGN, former President of SECA (or PlayStation’s big boss in America) Jack Tretton called being President during the PlayStation 3 like being the captain on the Titanic, but one of his main points was that handheld gaming is doomed.
Speaking of the PS Vita, Tretton said it was a good handheld but was too late and that dedicated handhelds are dying and the wave of the future is mobile phone gaming.
I’m not sure if dedicated handhelds are dead (and Nintendo better pray they’re not) but mobile gaming has taken a huge chunk out of traditional gaming, now consisting of 64% of the market. Me personally I’ve never been into mobile gaming that much, from time to time I’ll download a game like Words with Friends or Pokemon Go and play for a bit.
I honestly rarely game on my phone because for me mobile games just don’t offer the same experience as a console or handheld. Mobile games (for the most part) are very simple one or two touch games, but on a handheld you get a complex gaming experience, so for me (and many more like me) handhelds won’t die, at least not completely, there will be a market for them for the foreseeable future, the numbers may dwindle, but they’re be substantial enough for Nintendo to keep making them, especially if the NX is some sort of console/handheld hybrid.
That’s what I think, but what do you think loyal reader? Are handhelds doomed or is there still a market for them? Let us know in the comments below.