During the E3, many major game developers announced plans to bring console and PC franchises to mobile devices. These titles are meant for more serious gamers in the competition. All this indicates a shift in mobile hardware priorities – soon gamers will need gaming phones just as PC players need a gaming rig.
To be competitive in games, you need the right hardware. The main reason why mobile gaming is not taken seriously by gamers on other platforms is the inefficiency of the touchscreen. But with new games like Bethesda's Elder Scrolls: Blades coming onto smaller screens, a wave of PC players are pouring into the mobile space. In Asia alone, 1
Gaming phones work much like gaming PCs. While many PC games can be played on any hardware, reputable gamers need gaming-centric devices to be competitive. Gaming phones offer the same advantage. With higher frame rates and faster, more accurate controllers, the gaming mobile allows users to dominate the competition.
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E3 (or Electronic Entertainment Expo) is the largest North American gaming event. During the conference, leading companies such as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo announce new games. While this year was usually limited to console games, this year's event had a surprisingly consistent mobile theme.
Starting with EA Games, major publishers announced AAA games, which came in the mobile sector in an alternative version. Command & Conquers: Rivals Gears Pop and Elder Scrolls: Blades are just some of the big franchises that come on iOS and Android.
Each game is part of a series known for competitive gameplay, with the mobile version being no exception. However, for games such as Elder Scrolls: Blades competition becomes much more difficult thanks to a key feature, cross-play.
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Cross-play is the ability to play online against users on another platform. While other major games, such as Fortnite and PUBG, have limited cross-play between Android and iOS users, Bethesda announced that Blades will allow cross-play between of all platforms – so may an Android player compete against a PC player. Although this level of cross-play is not standard, it is one of the reasons why gaming smartphones are needed.
With gaming phones, OEMs make smart decisions to enhance the quality of the mobile gaming experience. For example, the Razer Phone uses a block design with front-facing speakers that provide a natural resting place for your hands. The ASUS ROG phone uses pressure sensitive technology (similar to HTC Edge Sense) to create trigger buttons that help play. Both phones have high refresh rate displays, with the ASUS ROG phone offering 90 Hz and the Razer Phone 120 Hz.
But what about fighting against PC players in games like Elder Scrolls: Blades ? Well, the ASUS ROG features a dock that provides keyboard and mouse support for fast, accurate control. In the same dock, you can also connect to a computer monitor for a desktop-like experience.
Not to be disappointed, Razer picked up a project called Project Linda at CES 2018. In short, it's the chassis of a laptop that uses the Razer Phone to run. In the same position as the trackpad on most laptops is a section for the Razer Phone. When the Razer Phone is used, apps can run on the large display and keyboard, with the phone acting as the second screen and trackpad.
With the advent of mobile gaming in Asia and the recovery in North America, the gaming smartphone trend is just making still sense. While casual gamers will scoff at their design and (possibly) higher costs, these devices are the only option for those who want to be competitive.
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