Mobile gaming is big news and big business, but with so many devices available, it can be difficult to commit to just one. After all, each has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of software and operating system, screen size and the types of game on offer – as well as its size and something we’ll call ‘commutability’. It all comes down to when a particular person will be accessing games, and how they like to play. With that in mind, we have to ask…
What The Deal Yo with… on-the-move gaming?
Now, this list is by no means exhaustive, but it should give avid gamers a number of things to think about – namely, what they really want from their mobile or tablet device. Smartphones, of course, are one of the most popular choices for those who like to play mobile games, as they often do anything and everything all in one. Tablets, meanwhile, can be more specialised, and offer a better spec of gaming. Choices, choices!
The Microsoft Lumia 735
The Lumia is a fantastic choice for those looking to combine their console gaming experience with a smartphone, and it has some truly stunning features. Take the Smartglass app, for example, which converts the phone into a second screen to complement Xbox gaming. Gamers can enter a whole new world and access extended content. With new gameplay features added all the time, it’s a smartphone that keeps on giving. Plus, it’s a phone too!
The Apple iPad Air 2
The Apple iPad Air 2 is elegant, stylish and, with its 9.7inch IPS display, 1536×2048 pixel capability and Apple 8X processor accompanied by 2GB of RAM, it’s pretty impressive on every level. It’s probably one of the best tablet devices for gaming there is at the moment, and users will be able to immerse themselves in whatever they’re doing. It can handle just about any game that’s thrown at it, and there is a lot of content ready and available to download now.
Nvidia Tablet Shield
This beauty has been designed with gaming in mind. It’s capable of playing any number of Android games, and can stream content from PCs that feature compatible graphics cards, and from the Cloud using an Nvidia gaming grid system. Oh, and just to authenticate the gaming experience, it converts into an awesome console when connected to the Shield controller – commutes will never be the same again!
Honourable mentions to… The HTC One M9, with its killer audio capabilities and visual clarity; the powerful Google Nexus 9, which combines processing power and stunning graphics in one handheld unit, and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, which has a degree of protection from all of the elements, 3GB of RAM and wicked visuals.
Whether they’re being fished out to keep the user entertained as they commute to and from work, played surreptitiously under a desk during office hours (not that we’re condoning that, may we add), or being favoured over larger consoles because they’re easier to handle while chillaxing, this range of mobile and tablet devices (as well as their equally capable, though perhaps not as aesthetically pleasing brothers and sisters on the market), is keeping gaming on the move fun, fresh and exciting. It’s always nice to have options, after all.