The user’s preferred way of gaming is now through the mobile phone.
There is a growing trend towards more immersive digital entertainment, from movies to games with Virtual Reality spelling out the future of gaming. This means gadget makers need to catch up and innovate to cater to the increasing demand. With the proliferation of smartphone devices packed with next-generation technology geared towards gaming – the gaming consoles of yesterday are becoming redundant.
In fact, games played on mobiles and smartphones now account for more than half (54 percent) of all global games, forecast to increase to 59 percent by 2021. The MENA is one of the fastest-growing gaming regions globally – with one of the highest percentages of smartphone penetration in the world. There are a whopping 381 million unique mobile subscribers across the MENA region, which represents about 64 percent of the population. Hence, the sector presents a lucrative prospect for companies working on creating an ecosystem for mobile gaming.
Between classics like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 in addition to the countless indie games coming to gaming platforms, the cloud of games is rising rapidly.
Compared to other smartphone habits like streaming video or surfing the internet, gaming is a completely different ballgame. There is a real-time communication aspect and an imperative need for your game to be virtually lag-free. Especially if you are racing against other players to accomplish a goal, being uncoordinated for half a second can ruin your game. That’s why it’s important that your device’s processor is capable of handling graphics-heavy games without slowing you down with lag or frequent FPS (frames per second) drops.
Consequently, the demand for particular smartphone specifications is escalating to not only deliver more playtime and less buffering but take the gaming experience to the next level. The upsurge in mobile gaming has led to a growing demand for devices that meet specific requirements, i.e. optimized video and sound quality.
Leading this shift in the gaming medium, mobile devices packed with cutting-edge screen technology and intelligent features are redefining how, where, and when consumers game, enabling them to do more of what they couldn’t before.
In addition, most new games are now accompanied by online components offering players a more captivating and well-rounded experience. Whether the player is competing in extreme sports, car races, or battling it out in a different time period, the amount of choice available is incredible.
Putting gamers in full control, Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones are able to deliver a more seamless and stable gaming experience. It’s also been optimized to be easy on the eyes, which makes it perfect for those extended gaming sessions.
The fast-approaching next generation of mobile gaming will motivate people to invest in smartphones to make their gaming experience optimal and reduce expenses by offering an alternative to upgrading hardware – hence the opportunities existing within the MENA mobile gaming market are limitless.
[Opinion piece written by Osman Albora, Head of the Mobile Division, Samsung Gulf Electronics]