Three or four years ago if anyone had said that not long in to the future, my chosen mobile platform would be considered as the most popular gaming platform of all time, I’d never have believed them. Games on the iPhone and iPad have exploded since 2008, especially after Apple’s special handshake with EA Games. Since the App Store opened, games titles have increased in quality and quantity.
In the past, game console success has been easy to measure. You simply measure the number of units sold, as shown in Asymco’s chart above. With iOS, it’s a little different since iOS devices have shipped in the hundreds of millions of units. So, instead, we can take a look at OpenFeint and Game Center account numbers. There are 130 million Game Center accounts, 180 million iOS OpenFeint accounts.
With titles like Infinity Blade and Sky Gamblers being developed, the difference in quality between iOS and console titles is getting harder to tell apart. And, with AirPlay and Apple TV being put to good gaming use, we could see iPads and iPhones used more and more in the home for specific gaming use.
Since it’s not exclusively used for gaming, it’s hard to call iOS the best gaming platform. But, it’s undoubtedly making waves, and causing much worry for the likes of Nintendo who prides itself on creating popular portable games.
What are your thoughts? Would you consider iOS a serious gaming platform?