Mobile gaming is expanding at rates faster than anyone may have possibly imagined. While in its earliest form, most mobile games were bite-sized touch screen experiences, today our Apple and Android devices are capable of so much more. From robust libraries of games developed specifically for mobile to streaming services and more, mobile gaming is making the leap to a bold new future.
Of course it’s not just the games we play either. Everyday mobile platforms are also gaining new and exciting controllers and accessories as well. Here’s a look at some of the platforms and accessories to help create the best mobile gaming experience.
Games and services
Our smart phones and tablets are no longer simply handy devices that also play games on the side. They now feature curated libraries of critically acclaimed gaming experiences optimized for mobility. And if that weren’t enough, the future of big budget game streaming is landing directly in the mobile gaming space.
Apple Arcade is a brand new subscription service that goes above and beyond the traditional mobile gaming experience. Instead of purchasing games a la carte, users gain unlimited access to a growing library of over 100 games. The best part is that the list is curated, meaning games have been specifically chosen to participate. No more wading through a sea of shovelware to find a quality title.
Apple Arcade titles download directly to your device, meaning you can play selections from the Apple Arcade anytime—even when you are offline. All that is required is a compatible Apple device for players to access a huge selection of the best mobile gaming experiences. Not to mention that the low subscription-style model won’t break the bank.
Google Stadia may just be one of the biggest talking points in gaming today. The public opinion on Stadia in the gaming community is split. Regardless, it can’t be denied that streaming services like Stadia represent a bold new future for gaming.
Essentially, Google Stadia is a cloud-based gaming platform. As such, its primary benefits are two-fold. Firstly, it eliminates those pesky, inevitable updates that gamers often have to deal with. Home console players know all too well the pitfalls of lengthy and bandwidth-hungry patches.
However, the second benefit of Stadia is even more interesting from a mobile perspective. As a streaming service, it allows players to play their games on any compatible phone or mobile device. Suddenly players can enjoy the latest big budget gaming sensations just about anywhere, even without an expensive console or PC.
When considering streaming services among the best mobile gaming experiences however, it’s also important to note that it requires at least a somewhat stable and robust internet connection. Players must also purchase their games from the Stadia store. On top of game purchases, the “Pro” service involves a monthly subscription fee. However, an upcoming base service with fewer features will not.
Console streaming and Project xCloud
Not to be left behind, Sony and Microsoft are also making a bid at the best mobile gaming experience. For example, players can already stream their PlayStation 4 console to their iPhone and Android devices. This of course necessitates taking advantage of the PS4 Remote Play app.
With PS4 Remote Play, games still run on your home console. However, the picture and sound stream to your mobile device over your home Wi-Fi network. This means you can enjoy your PlayStation 4 library anywhere in the house (or within your Wi-Fi network range).
Conversely, Microsoft’s Project xCloud is much more similar to the Google Stadia model. Project xCloud will ultimately enable players to stream a number of titles from their Xbox library over WiFi and mobile networks. However, at this time Project xCloud is currently only in beta-testing preview mode.
Best mobile gaming accessories
Gaming on mobile devices does not limit itself to the traditional touchscreen configuration. These accessories can help you get the most out of your games on mobile.
Janky touchscreen controls are one of the earliest hang-ups when it comes to mobile gaming. Luckily, most devices are now compatible with Bluetooth gamepads. This is especially useful when playing and streaming console games via Stadia or remote play.
The good news is that if you are a console gamer, you likely already own a compatible controller. Depending on the platform or service, you may be able to sync your DualShock 4 or Xbox wireless controller for mobile gaming fun. Some services such as Google Stadia even offer their own compatible gamepad.
Other compatible controllers include a vast array of Bluetooth-ready devices. Gamepads such as the 8Bitdo NES30 mimic the style and form of retro console accessories.
Mounts and clips
Naturally we are accustomed to holding smaller screen devices such as mobile phones closer to our face. In order to do so while still taking advantage of gamepad compatibility, a wide variety of phone mounts and controller clips are now available. These hands-free accessories allow players the best of both worlds when it comes to popular controllers and mobile screens.
Devices such as the FOME controller clip feature an adjustable cell phone mount. Simultaneously, the also clip to the body of your gamepad. The result allows players to connect their screen to the controller itself, providing an all-in-one solution for gaming on your mobile device.
Creating the best mobile gaming experience
These are just a few of the ways in which mobile gaming is evolving into a whole new experience. With the incredible growth and innovation in streaming and remote play, Apple and Android devices are more than ever becoming a fixture in the future of how we consume and play our video games. And of course, with the ability to utilize the most popular controllers and accessories, mobile gaming is becoming more and more indistinguishable from traditional home console gaming.
What is your favourite way to play games on mobile phones and tablets? Are you excited or concerned about a potential all-digital streaming future? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.