Gaming tech doesn’t get much hotter than mobiles and the moment. In fact, such has been the growth of mobile gaming over the last two years, it’s now one of the largest forces in the entertainment industry.
Aside from mobile games now generating more revenue than their PC and console counterparts, a recent study suggests they make as much as movies in terms of earning power. As outlined by SuperData Research’s “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The 2016 Mobile Games Market” report, the mobile games market generated $40.6 billion in 2016 which was “a sum equivalent to all global box office sales” during the same period.
Basically, more people than ever are playing mobile games, but what are they playing them on? Well, according to Statista, there were approximately 2.1 billion smartphone owners in 2016 and that figure is set to rise to 2.87 billion by 2020. In a market where demand for devices and games is so high, it’s little wonder there are literally thousands of options for consumers to choose from. Regardless of budget or intent, there is now a smartphone with a spec to suit your budget.
With this in mind, we’ve picked out three of the latest devices that are perfect for mobile gaming.
Game for Hours with the Moto Z Play
When you want to game for hours, the Moto Z Play is hard to beat. As long as you’re willing to sacrifice a little bit of screen brightness for a more efficient processor and a battery that can last for days, this is the device for you. According to Chris Welch from TheVerge.com, the smartphone can last for “two days” and “sometimes more” on a single charge. The reason for this is that it’s packing a 3,510 mAh battery that’s optimized for gameplay thanks to its processor (mid-range Qualcomm processor) and a 1080p screen.
On top of this, you can add the IncipiooffGRID Power Pack to give the battery another 2,260 mAh. From this, gaming options like online bingo become a breeze. If you’ve never played an online casino-style game like bingo, the aim of the game is to stay active for as long as possible. The more time you’re able to play, the more chances you have to make some money. For example, inside Sun Bingo, players have the option to play a selection of free games during the week. Taking place on a Tuesday and Thursday, these free online bingo sessions run for 2 hours between 7am and 9am and 8pm and 10pm.
Naturally, because you can win without spending any cash, it pays to be able to play for as long as possible. However, if your device can’t cope with the constant switching from games and loses power, you can miss out on some value. For this reason, you need a device like the Moto Z.
It’s All About the Touch with the HTC 10
For frantic, high-energy, high-entertainment games, tappers are the best. In simple terms, there are games where you have to touch the screen like a crazy person to pick up points and clear levels in a certain way. However, the downside to these games is that they’re not only tough on your battery, but they can become frustrating if the screen on your device can’t respond quickly enough to your taps. Fortunately, the HTC 10 has one of the most responsive screens around. Wanting to replicate the smoothness of the iPhone, the designers at HTC managed to make the 10 the “smoothest and most responsive touch experience of any Android” according to BGR.com.
When you’ve got the ability to tap your device and get an instant response, a game like Tap Quest is perfect. Like a new-age version of Space Invaders, this Android game from Nanoo Company Inc basically puts you in control of a little guy with a big gun. Your job is to tap left and right as quickly as possible in a bid to defend the tower from invading monsters. Collecting coins along the way allows you to improve your arsenal, but without the responsiveness of the HTC 10, you’ll struggle to complete this one.
Go Virtual with the Samsung S7
Arguably the best mobile on the market at the moment, the Samsung S7 wins in almost every department when it comes to gaming. The 5-inch Super AMOLED display is capable of making any standard mobile game look great and this power carries over into the virtual reality (VR) realm. Thanks to its 534ppi density, Vulkan API graphics compatibility, 4GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 820 processor powering it all from behind, you can experience a full VR experience when you pair the device with the Gear VR headset or something cheaper like Google Cardboard.
OK, so that’s the device, but what you can play? VR games are still in their infancy, but one of the most interesting is Job Simulator. The year is 2050 and jobs as we know them today have been taken over by robots and computers. However, there is a space in the game for the world as it used to be and that is in the Job Simulator Museum. Your job is to assume the role of office worker, store clerk, gourmet chef and mechanic, show visitors how things are done and even teach the robots a thing or two.
In terms of gameplay, Job Simulator won’t have you hanging on the edge of your seat. However, it is a great example of how engaging and interactive mobile VR can be.
Mobile gaming is a trend that’s not going to go away anytime soon. So, if you’re looking for the most entertainment and the best way to play, make sure you give the three devices we’ve mentioned some thought when you make your next “smart” phone purchase.