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One of the first important things to take into account in designing a mobile game is which platform the game will be created for. There are a number of different types of handheld consoles including different types of phones with various functions, while I will be designing my game for an Android or IOS phone or Android tablets/ iPads, I decided to also look at the other available options for handheld gaming and what functions are available to each.
Mobile gaming
Mobile gaming has become extremely popular over the last couple of years, especially after the introduction of app stores where games can be purchased and instantly downloaded for little to no money.
I researched a number of different mobile devices in order to get a good idea of which platform I would design my own mobile game for, I also created a list of all the common functions of mobile devices so I could use the to come up with some game concepts in my brainstorming.
Some of the mobile devices I have researched include; android tablets, android phones, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Nintendo DS, PSP, Gaming phones such as Sony Ericsson’s “Xperia Play”

IOS/Apple devices

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Apple devices, such as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch can all be used for mobile gaming;

App store:
The app store allows developers to upload their games and apps to sell to IOS device users, who can buy games and apps for a small fee, or download games for free and pay for extra content in a freemium model.
“Apple still rakes in the lion’s share of cash when it comes to apps. In the last six months Google has moved from 19 percent to 27 percent of revenue versus Apple’s 73 percent,according to a comparison of the two from Distimo, a provider of app store analytics.” – IBtimes.com
functions:(most if not all devices)

    • Touch screen
    • Multiple touch points
    • Gyroscope
    • Accelerometer
    • Camera
    • Microphone
    • Wi-fi
    • Bar code scanner
    • GPS
    • Voice activation
    • Phone (iPhone)

popularity:

316,000,000+ IOS devices sold to date

Android Devices:

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Android phones, such as the Samsung galaxy and HTC one, Android tablets such as samsung galaxy note.
Google play store: 
The Google play store allows developers to upload their games and apps to sell to IOS device users, who can buy games and apps for a small fee, or download games for free and pay for extra content in a freemium model.

functions:(most if not all devices)

  • Touch screen
  • Multiple touch points
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Camera
  • Microphone
  • Wi-fi
  • Bar code scanner
  • GPS
  • Voice activation
  • Phone (Android phones)

popularity:

750,000,000+ Android devices sold to date

Handheld consoles

PSP:

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Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP)

functions:(most if not all devices)

  • Direction buttons (left hand side)
  • Action buttons (right hand side)
  • Microphone (newer versions)

Popularity:

70,000,000+ PSP sold to date

Nintendo DS:

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Nintendo has released a number of handheld gaming consoles more recently, including the Nintendo DS, DSi DSi XL and 3DS.

functions:(most if not all devices)

  • Touch screen
  • Stylus included
  • Direction buttons (left side)
  • Action buttons (right side)
  • Microphone
  • Camera (Dsi, DSiXL, 3DS)
  • Voice activation

The original DS makes use of two screens, one display screen and one touch screen, as well as a direction pad, action buttons,

The DSi and DSi XL (XL being an extra large version of the console) both include a camera that can be used in gameplay or just to take photos to save to a memory card

The 3DS includes a camera and the top screen makes the game look 3D (this can beswitched on and off and does not require 3D glasses)

Popularity:

3DS: 19,000,000+ sold to date

DS: 152,000,000+ sold to date

Gaming phones

Sony Ericsson’s “Xperia Play”

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functions:(most if not all devices)

  • Touch screen
  • Multiple touch points
  • Gyroscope
  • Direction buttons
  • Action buttons
  • Phone

Popularity:

Xperia play: 42,000,000+ sold to date

General functions of mobile devices:

  • Touch screen
  • Multiple touch points
  • Action buttons
  • Direction buttons
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Camera
  • Microphone
  • Wi-fi
  • Bar code scanner
  • GPS
  • Voice activation
  • Phone

 

Thus far I have decided my game will be produced for mobile devices such as android and/or IOS as there are a more varied range of functions I can implement into my gameplay as well as a huge market for games made easy through the app and play stores

Useful research/ references

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