iPhone a threat to DS, PSP and Zune?


The portable gaming market has long been ruled by Nintendo. Since the days of the original GameBoy, no one has even come close to what the big N is offering. That’s not to say they haven’t tried, though, because almost every major gaming company out there has come out with a portable to try to knock Nintendo out of the driver’s seat. Can we expect to see something like that from Apple as well?

N’Gai Croal, columnist with Newsweek, has written up a list, iPod playlist style, that the iPhone could cause trouble for. Really, though, how far are we away from Apple integrating gaming into their line? The iPhone brings it just one step closer. Croal, in his article, lists all three current platforms, though all for different reasons. He cites the PSP for digital entertainment, the Zune (which has just announced a gaming focus) for MP3 playing and the DS because, hey, eventually someone’s going to put games on this thing.

Will Apple try to move into the gaming market? It would make sense with how popular they have become with all other handhelds. I wouldn’t be too surprised if they take a shot at it within the next few years.


Aaron Johnson

Figured this was better put here –

“No one Om, well definitely not in the gaming area at least. We have to think about controlling the unit and what games will be available to gain an audience. It is like comparing those iPod and soon to come Zune games which we all know doesn’t go too far from being your natural Java based mobile phone games as far as functionality and game play. The case should not have been brought up. From no buttons to not even being considered as a major platform . So don’t expect seeing our EA, Activision, THQ anytime soon on this but more like Tetris going wild and “touchy fealy” palmOS type games…

Now if iTV was to add some new functionality to it and started streaming (acting as an external wireless video card) then we’d have some magic. Firmware upgrade makes the iPhone a controller and bam, Apple jumps into the gaming age. With systems so powerful today and software dev’s like Transgaming behind Cider (Mac) and Cedega (Linux) then we can have something here and target the biggest gaming market there is, PC gaming. But eh – that is as real as the iPhone being a competitor (as far as gaming) to the DS or even the PSP. Did someone mention Zune…”

Cy’s area…

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