iOS and Android games now make more money than traditional handheld gaming systems such as the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, latest study has revealed.
Figures published by research firm Flurry Analytics show the combined revenue of the smartphone platforms has overtaken their console counterparts for the first time, with 58 per cent of total portable game software by revenue in the US, up from 34 per cent last year.
Apple and Google’s apps markets raked in a total of $1.9 billion in 2011, compared to $1.4 billion by the DS and the PSP, which saw income reduced by $200 million since last year.
The news will doubtless ruffle a few feathers in Japan as it becomes evident smartphone platforms are increasingly finding favour with casual and dedicated gamers alike for portable gaming.
A number of factors can be attributed to this phenomenal growth, mostly the convenience of carrying a single device, the keen price points of many high quality titles such as Infinity Blade and Angry Birds, and of course, the fact that titles created with touchscreens in mind tend to be easier for non-hardcore gamers to get to grips with.
Last year, Nokia president Satoru Iwata claimed Apple and iOS were the ‘enemy of the future’ in the games industry. Clearly, Iwata-san has hit the nail right on the head.