Nintendo and Sony Feeling iPhone Heat?
We have covered the iPhone and gaming from top to bottom here at TiPb. The iPhone still has a lot of catching up to do in terms of the quality of the games and you can also toss in the lack of physical controls as a huge negative. All that aside, for the most part we've felt that if Apple plays their cards correctly, they could be a major player in the handheld gaming wars alongside the likes of Nintendo and Sony.
Maybe you've agreed with us, maybe you haven't. If you've disagreed with our opinions and views that's fine and dandy but maybe, just maybe, you will listen to Trip Hawkins. Who's Trip Hawkins you ask? He started a little gaming company called Electronic Arts.
"The iPhone is by far our most effective platform. We make as much money with these games on one device as we do putting a game on 100 different cell phone platforms. Between the iPod touch and the iPhone, I think the platform is freaking out Sony and Nintendo."
That is a pretty strong statement. It may be a great thing as more and more developers will take the iPhone as a serious contender and produce more and higher quality games, or it may prove to be one of the biggest pitfalls. It may encourage more developers to throw quality and innovation out the window and simply pump out below-average games just to make that quick profit. Up until this point we've seen a combination of some high quality games and some pure garbage. In the end, it's about the almighty dollar and we get that. Hopefully game developers come up with ways to push the platform to the next level.
So where do you see this going in the long run for the iPhone as a gaming platform? Lets hear your thoughts!