Android , iPhone and Windows Phone 7 phones are set to be one of the key gaming platforms in 2011, according to industry experts.
A recent survey found that 43.8% of the phone/DS/PSP gaming market plays games on phones, but the proportion of those who play on the DS or PSP has fallen by 13%.
Julian Stocker, Managing Director of Gameloft’s UK studio said: “Digital is definitely the space to be in right now, with the iPhone, Windows Phone 7 and Android becoming increasingly recognised as able to deliver a very high quality experience.”
“Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread announcement looks interesting – it’s good to see someone recognising the importance of gaming at this level”, continued Stocker, “The Samsung Galaxy Tab is another interesting example. We’ve been supporting it for a while, and downloads are looking very healthy indeed – there’s a lot of interest there. An exciting thing about the Tab is that you can plug it into the TV, then use the device as a controller…”
Meanwhile, EA has revealed that downloadable games make up a massive 20 per cent of its revenue, with the iPhone and the App Store thought to be behind a surge in game downloads.
However, Electronic Arts CFO Eric Brown emphasised that discs are still king: "We think we're growing most rapidly in DLC for the console; as we look to the future... we think digital starts with the disc and the high-definition platforms."