By the end of the year, I think that the iPhone will be considered a credible gaming platform, much the same as the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS. Granted, it’s lack of actual buttons may never make it quite as well suited for gaming as the others mentioned, it will still very much be a competitor. Will it be enough to kill off say, the PSP? The folks over at Popular Mechanics seem to think so.
They referenced their experiences at the E3 gaming expo in a recent article discussing the impending death of the PSP. They had a chance to play the upcoming game Spore on an iPod Touch (obviously it will be on the iPhone as well), and were amazed at not only the graphics, but how enjoyable the game was to play. They noted that while the game has been announced for mobile phones, the iPhone and iPod Touch and Nintendo DS, the PSP was strangely absent from the list. They go on to mention the high price of PSP games in comparison to that of the average iPhone game as more reasons why Sony’s handheld is on the way out.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t actually think the iPhone is going to kill off the PSP. I’m currently playing Crysis Core on my PSP, and there is simply no way that it could ever be smoothly played on an iPhone due to the lack of buttons. The article is still a good read, and gives you a little food for thought.