New age smartphones, tablets and iPads are like mini computers with powerful processors and operating systems that have vastly improved on their predecessors. From the vast array of applications running on the phone to the speed and screen resolution, the experience is so much better when compared to smartphones from 5 years ago.
This has led to the development of new mobile games that are a far cry from the good old black and white games like Snake and Tetris. Modern games come with good graphics; challenges and concepts to make the users hooked and thus provide a fun experience for hours. Most mainstream mobile games boast of millions of downloads on play stores which show that they have caught on like wildfire.
Mobile games have even been giving PC games a run for their money and for good reason; you can’t beat a gaming experience that is literally at the palm your hands. You don’t need to carry your PC around to enjoy a good game, your mobile phone goes with you everywhere and so does your game. This makes them more convenient and thus popular than their PC counterparts. However, this is not to say that computer game developers have been sleeping on the job, they have been doing their best to break new ground for PC gamers constantly.
The divide between PC and Mobile games
Although modern mobile phones have been pushing the envelope when it comes to their features, they can’t quite compete with a PC’s powerful processors, displays and memory capabilities. This causes limitations in mobile gaming meaning the games don’t need as much money to develop a gaming app. Thus, developing a mobile game is way cheaper than developing one for a PC because the latter requires sophisticated display capabilities. For example, games like GTA 5 cost more than $5m to make.
The number of people required to design and code a mobile game can range between 2-5 people while a PC’s might need a team of up to 30 people depending on the game. This means more resources for the computer game as opposed to the mobile gaming which can even be developed by one designer or programmer.
Mobile games also don’t take as much time to develop, a game can be up and running within a few months of its idea’s conception. On the other hand, a standard computer game can take a number of years to reach maturity and see the light of day. This is because of the intricate nature of the programming and designing involved even with the help of a large team.
When all is said and done, there are limitations that come with mobile phones, smart as they have become. This is because their primary use is to facilitate voice data thus any additional feature is a bonus. For this reason, pitting them against PCs that are 10 times more powerful is kind of unfair. However, they come in handy when one needs the perfect distraction due to boredom or when on the move. When you want a true gaming experience then a computer game should be your go-to option. All in all, mobile gaming has come a long way and more is expected in future thus, hats off to the developers.
There are thousands PC and mobile games available in the market today as developers try to outwit each other to take reign over the available market share which runs into billions of dollars worldwide. Until recently, most gamers have been scoffing at the mobile gaming industry but with the strides it has been taken, it has caused people to pause and take notice. This has made game developers who couldn’t penetrate the fiercely competitive and expensive world of PC gaming take on developing for the smaller screen instead.
This fierce competition has made PC game developers find a way to share in the mobile gaming glory. What better way to do it than to develop the mobile version of popular games? This has been a relief for fans all over the world who enjoy these games on their PCs as they get to go with them everywhere right on their mobile devices.
Here are some of these games that are shared by both of these popular platforms:-
- Minecraft – this bestselling game is played by breaking and placing blocks that are housed in a 3D environment. Gamers get to be creative and fast to earn points and move up the levels for a fun experience. The pocket edition was soon developed and released on all mobile platforms at a small fee. The Windows phone platform got rights in late 2014 and now boasts over 30 million sales.
- Candy Crash Saga – this award winning PC game that is played via Facebook has taken the world by storm with millions of users worldwide “crushing candies”. This led the app developers to come up with a mobile version which caught on like wildfire just like its PC sister. There is currently a spin off called Candy Crush Soda Saga that is hoping to tap into its predecessor’s success. This game can be downloaded for free and played across all mobile platforms
- Temple Run – this popular running game started out as a mobile gaming app until it went viral when millions of people loved it. Developed by Imangi Studios in 2011 with a second instalment in 2013, this free game was so successful that it was developed for PC that can be downloaded from many software sites.
- Farmville – this is a game that simulates a farm and allows players to cultivate their very own personal farm. This involves planting, ploughing and harvesting crops while also keeping farm animals. Zynga developed this game back in 2009 for PC via Facebook but has since evolved due its worldwide success to include mobile versions that can be downloaded across all platforms for free.
- Grand Theft Auto (GTA) – this game that can be found on various platforms like PC, console and now mobile, is a successful video game that involves high action-adventure, mostly borderline illegal activities. With both 2D and 3D graphics available, this game has captured the hearts of millions of gamers who are glad that they can now enjoy it via mobile devices.
Such high profile games joining the mobile gaming world prove that this platform is gaining momentum. Expect more popular games to follow suit by coming up with mobile versions for their adoring fans.
Today millions of people play video games on a regular basis all over the world. They play all kinds of games such as mobile games, PC games, games on consoles etc. Needless to say, this makes the gaming industry a force to reckon with. This fascination with the gaming world is mainly due to the innovation and high standards attributed to the industry. This has served well to level the playing field by relaxing the entry barriers that kept new entrants at bay and thus inviting both big and small players to compete.
Although the competition threatening the existence of PC gaming has been stiff, developers have been upping their standards to keep them running. This has however been hampered by the wide popularity of consoles and mobile gaming. It has been hard to compete with small portable devices that have powerful processors and displays which developers have been exploiting to their advantage. However, this is not to say that PC gaming is dying, statistics actually point to the contrary. Take a look below:-
- Superior visual capabilities
When it comes to visual capabilities, there will never be any comparison between PC gaming and mobile gaming, it doesn’t matter kind of graphic resolution mobile devices can provide. The games thus look best on PCs especially for high end games that have been designed to shine on the screen.
- Unlimited disk space
Sure, mobile games are easily available as you only need to download them from the app store then install them on the phone, space limitations are real. PCs on the other hand don’t have such space limitations, you can have as many games as possible stored on your internal hard drive and if that’s not enough, you can store them in an external drive. This enables one to have as many games as they want for a superior gaming experience.
- Library capabilities
Another advantage of PC gaming is that one gets the opportunity to own games dating back to the 90s if they wish. You get to create your own library of games which you can store on your computer and play whenever the urge strikes. This enables one to enjoy their favourite games regardless of which era they are from. The experience is not affected as the games can be upgraded, tweaked, hacked or modified to one’s liking.
- Unrestricted access
PC gaming can be described as universal because most games play on any PC be it a MacBook or a windows PC. This means that you can carry your games on an external source like a hard drive when on the move then find a computer, plug in the drive and you are good to go.
Despite the fact that mobile gaming has millions of fans, it has yet to reach the level of PC gaming in so many areas. For one, it is not making as much money as PC gaming is which is partly due to the resources that go into the development of a PC game. This is why millions of hard core gamers don’t bother with mobile gaming as they know where the quality lies..
For the longest time, PC games ruled the gaming world because there was no competition as mobile phones were still in the Stone Age era. Fast forward to 2015 and the mobile evolution is complete and is shaking the PC gaming world. With over a thousand games available for downloads on different mobile platforms app stores, the competition is real. Mobile games have been cropping up all over the place and gamers have been latching onto them like they can’t get enough. Developers on the other hand have been cracking their minds to come up with the best games for their fans.
This has led to a fierce competition from various game designing studios with each of them trying to outdo the other. Such healthy competition has led to high quality games that give gamers the experience they are looking for on a smaller screen. The visual quality, speed and concept behind these games has vastly been improved and polished to perfection. For this reason, you can comfortably point out a few advantages that mobile gaming has over PC gaming. Take a look below:-
This is the most obvious example which might seem small to some but actually makes a huge difference in the gaming world. The point of playing a game is to pass time while entertaining yourself or it can be for relaxation purposes. Whatever the reason, when the urge to play strikes, you will be so glad you can choose an engaging game from your mobile phone and you are good to go. You don’t need to lug your PC around to experience them, simply carry them around on your phone. They aren’t as big and heavy like PCs and are thus pocket-friendly.
When it comes to accessibility, mobile gaming trumps PC gaming hands down. You get to download as many games as you like free of charge straight into your mobile phone anytime you like. If you don’t fancy one, all you need is to uninstall it, no harm no foul. To avoid this time wastage however, it is best to read the reviews given by other users before downloading, to gauge the game properly. Updates are provided on a consistent basis to fix any bugs or upgrade the game for a better experience. PC games on the other hand have to be bought from software outlets, which makes them inconvenient and costly.
Billions of people own mobile phones while millions of these play mobile games. Connecting to others around the world has never been easier. This is due to the fact that mobile devices are by nature networked devices. PC gaming on the other hand is still playing catch up in this area despite their many capabilities over mobile gaming. This enables users to play their games over wireless networks simultaneously from PC to mobile. One therefore gets the opportunity to continue where they left off anytime from the available gadget.
PCs might be powerful than mobile phones but as seen above, there are some features that make mobile phones advantageous. Each has its own qualities thus, it is upon the gamer to choose their preferred gadget.