Who saw this coming? Well, hopefully everyone who has been gaming on their mobile devices for the last couple of years. We all know gaming on our mobile devices has been on the rise, even dominating the tablet scene as 2/3 of tablet owners play games on their devices, but it looks like gaming on mobile devices has become so popular that it has now officially overtaken dedicated portable game machines, namely the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.
According to a report released today by mobile analytics firm Flurry, both iOS and Android combined have taken over the portable gaming market with 58% revenue in 2011, which just two years ago was controlled by the Nintendo DS with 70% revenue. Nintendo currently has 36% revenue of the portable gaming market, while Sony only has 6% revenue.
Seeing as the iPhone 4S has been what iOS gamers have been wanting for in a device, as well as the newly announced Tegra 3 chip for upcoming Android tablets and phones, it looks like iOS & Android could take even more of the portable gaming market as soon as developers start delivering games that take advantage of all the new hardware is capable of delivering. It doesn’t help Nintendo’s 3DS has been considered a flop going by how successful previous Nintendo DS’ have sold as well as their investors pressuring them to develop for iOS, so all eyes will be on Sony’s Playstation Vita when it’s released next year which they promise will supersede mobile gaming. Although, I personally believe it’s all too little too late at this point and dedicated portable gaming devices will soon be a thing of the past.