Recent market research indicates gamers are leaving the portable gaming devices like PSPs and Gameboys at home in the closet in favor of simply gaming on their smart-phone. A survey, first reported here by Yahoo, performed by a leading market research firm, Interpret, says, "Gamers appear to be defecting from their handheld gaming devices to phones to get their gaming kicks." Interpret's report, which polled 9,000 U.S. consumers, goes on to say. "A full 27.2% of consumers who indicate that they play games on their phones only (and not on the DS/PSP) actually own a DS or PSP, but do not actively use the device(s)."
This trend is becoming more apparent when you take a look across the many industries this would impact. John Carmack of iD Software, and Epic Games are both creating games specifically for the smart-phone market. Epic recently released the stunningly beautiful, "Infinity Blade" to the iPhone. They have confirmed that they have no plans to port it to the Android, but perhaps if we raise enough ruckus they just might. Indeed, even the most successful game in history, 'World of Warcraft', may soon be playable on a smartphone. We reported previously here.
Also, we've even recently shared stories about the upcoming Playstation Phone. And, if that doesn't have you convinced, it appears that Motorola themselves may be getting into "the game". This story at Phandroid says, Motorola has filed a recent trademark for the “Stadia” name, and while the name alone doesn’t do much to stir up excitement, the uncharacteristically detailed listing does. From the sound of it, the Motorola Stadia mark would be applied to a handset with a focus on gaming. From the description, Moto is aiming to use the name for a “handheld game device in the nature of hand-held units for playing electronic games for use with external display screen or monitor.”
This same article indicates the trademark filing also hints that the device will be used for exercise related activities. Could we have our first "Wii-Fit-style" smart-phones? Do any of you guys still game with a PSP or Gameboy, or have you switched to mobile smart-phone apps too? Sound off in the forums.