Sessler's Soapbox: The Next Generation of Handheld Gaming

Posted: August 16, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: The Next Generation of Handheld Gaming
Adam discusses why he thinks handheld gaming systems like the Nintendo 3DS and the Playstation Vita might be facing an uphill battle.

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  • Wozman23

    I agree. The last handheld I owned was the original Gameboy. At that point in time I was young and used simple puzzle games like Tetris, Yoshi, and Kirby's Pinball Land to wast time when not around my NES.

    As I've grown older, I'm never really in a situation where I could make use of a portable console. I'm either at work or at home. And when choosing between staring at a small screen with sub par gameplay and graphics, or playing a home console on a decent sized TV, I'll always pick the home console.

    I just cant justify a purchase of $250, even if there are a few games that look decent, because I would much rather just spend that money on more games for my home console.

    Posted: August 16, 2011 2:00 PM
  • critterforhire

    The main attraction for me here, (in regards to the Vita as apposed to the smart phones of the world), is the games. These are not games that you can download in 10 seconds, and get about as much time of enjoyment out of. Vita games are for the most part full games, with hours of play time. I don't think smart phone gaming is going to put that much time into their development.

    Posted: August 16, 2011 1:47 PM
  • jcreaper666

    I agree with Adam on this to almost every aspect. Hand helds are a nice way to pass the time when you cant actually be at your console, there have been a few hand held games I have gotten pulled into like some console games can do. This week I plan on taking a gamble picking up the 3DS but yet I still plan on getting the Vita when it finally comes out. They are rather good for car trips, flights, bus rides, etc...With smart phone games I look at those as a replacement for the activity books you can buy from the store, its just now you dont have to carry a pen and book around with you every where you go.

    Posted: August 16, 2011 1:20 PM
  • oSAVA6Eo

    Completely agree with your point, I think the handheld market should market itself as "as good as your console" because of people not traveling as much as they used to with gas prices. One of the many reasons the 3ds hasn't sold well is because people are not traveling as much as they used to and families are home more now then ever. Now when families do go on a trip the kids take their itouches or now that cars have dvd players built in they watch movies. The handheld market is losing out because no one wants to play steel diver on a four hour ride, they want to watch a movie in their new honda. Why besides (two games), should you buy a 3DS when for $30 extra you can have a 360.

    Posted: August 16, 2011 12:18 PM
  • Atavax

    Adam talks about how none of the games he has played on a smartphone he really enjoyed. But is that really a hardware problem? I don't think so. I don't think there is anything preventing serious and grown up games being developed on smartphones and then it boils down to what can the handheld consoles provide that cell phones can't, and the only i see is duel analog sticks for those that are infatuated with them; and then piece of mind for parents. I imagine parents are much more eased about their child playing with something that isn't a smart phone.

    Posted: August 16, 2011 12:17 PM