Five years ago if you’d told anybody mobile devices stood even the chance of challenging dedicated home gaming console, you’d have been laughed out of the room. After all, the state of the art of mobile back then included the Apple iPhone 3G, BlackBerry Storm, Palm Treo Pro, and HTC G1. Comparing them to the powerhouses that were the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360, as well as the not-powerful-but-still-enormously-fun Nintendo Wii would have been ludicrous.
Fast forward to today and the landscape’s changed. A whole industry has grown up around mobile gaming, drawing the attention of incredible indies and the biggest of the big gaming studios alike. iPhone and Android have unseated dedicated portable gaming devices like the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS, thanks in no small part to their less expensive, more easily available content, better screens and processors, always-on connectivity, and the fact that it's just one fewer device to carry. Yet the consoles have endured.
So the question is, can mobile devices make the next generation of PlayStations and Xboxes and Wiis the last? Is the very idea as ludicrous today as it was five years ago, or can an argument be made that now, or in the near future, our phones and tablets could make the consoles obsolete?