What do you think? Can the iPhone and iPod Touch compete as gaming platforms with the likes of Sony's hugely popular Playstation Portable or Nintendo's DS? According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Apple execs, including head boss Steve Jobs seem to think so.
It takes only a quick scan through the games section of the App Store to see there are some 7,000 games for the iPhone and iPod Touch including games from Sega, Vivendi, Namco and other well-known makers. According to Jobs, a quarter of the 200 million apps that have been downloaded from the App Store so far have been games. The sheer number and variety of games, especially free games, are helping propel the sales of the ever-popular Apple devices.
Part of the appeal of the App Store is its low distribution costs, making it possible for developers to sell games for just a few dollars, or free, supported by advertising revenue, WSJ reports. Also, game developers can put aside having to manufacture pricey game carts and the worry about getting their games on already-packed retail shelves.
Apple, which has sold more than 13 million iPhones so far, has attacked the mobile game market in recent months by wooing game-industry executives, hosting technical meetings with game developers and touting games in iPod touch commercial, the WSJ reports.
"I think the iPhone and iPod touch may emerge as really viable devices in the mobile games market this holiday season," said Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive and co-founder, in an interview.
One drawback, some game publishers note, is the lack of tactile feedback on the iPhone and iPod touch. Without buttons to press, playing some games take more effort than they might otherwise. That's bound to throw some off their games, they say.
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