As we move through 2017, our ability to game on the go is only going to increase. With hardware and software becoming ever more intertwined and sophisticated, the way we consume gaming content is looking more and more mobile every year.
In fact, according to the experts, mobile gaming actually surpassed console gaming for the first time in 2016. Looking back on the year, SuperData Research found that the gaming industry as a whole generated $91 billion and mobile games contributed $41 billion to that total compared to $19 billion from retail games. Buoyed by the release of augmented reality offerings like Pokémon Go, the mobile gaming has since managed to establish itself as the leading player in the industry.
With this being the case, 2017 looks set to be an even bigger year for the medium. With more in-depth games, crossover products and further advances in the augmented reality realm on the horizon, we could see mobile gaming generate even more income in 2017 than ever before. Naturally, hardware developers are right behind this new trend and have reacted with a wave of new devices.
With this in mind, we’ve picked out some of the best mobile gaming devices for 2017 and looked into what games you should be playing on them.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
In lieu of the Galaxy S8 being released, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has to be the best all-round mobile device for gamers. Aside from offering edge-to-edge action across a 5.5 inch screen with a 534 ppi pixel density, the S7 Edge has a more than ample 4GB of RAM. Backed by the Adreno 530 GPU and Snapdragon 820 processor, this device is more than capable of running the most resource-hungry games.
One game that is right at home on the S7Edge is the recently released Game of Thrones slot game. A tribute to HBO’s smash hit show, this slot can be found alongside other themed slots at the 32Red mobile casino lobby. Unlike standard slots such as InterCasino’s two-star rated Spin Party or Guts Casino’s Poltava with lion wilds, Game of Thrones comes in two forms.
When you download 32Red’s mobile casino, you can either choose to spin five reels and 15 wins lines or take a shot at the 243 ways to win the game on the Game of Thrones Slot. Either way, the S7 Edge will allow you to swipe from edge to edge and set the reels in motion for a truly immersive experience.
If slamming sounds are your jam, then the HTC 10 is the mobile for you. Harnessing the power of the company’s BoomSound audio, the HTC 10 has gone a step further than its peers by adding stereo speakers with a twist. At the top of the device you’ll get a front-facing speaker that handles trebles and mid beats. At the bottom, you’ll get a downward facing speaker that’s built into the frame running alongside the base of the phone. This speaker is your subwoofer and helps to create a greater all-round audio experience.
To get the most out of the HTC 10, you need a game like Dokuro. Developed by Game Arts for the PlayStation Vita in 2012 but later ported for iOS and Android, the game is as much of a musical treat as an entertaining game to play. At the heart of this story is Dokuro and his love for a princess who has been captured by the Dark Lord. As you skip through increasingly difficult missions, you’ll get to hear some awesome tracks composed by Yasuhiro Kawasaki.
In fact, some of these tunes were so good that they were released on a 40-minute soundtrack album by GungHo Online Entertainment Inc.
Although it’s not a mobile phone, the Nintendo Switch looks set to change the face of mobile gaming in 2017. Set for worldwide release in March, the device basically combines a console, tablet and mobile gaming system in a single device. Through a combination of detachable control pads, a touchscreen and TV connectivity, you can experience a single game in three unique ways.
Naturally, the benefit of having a device that’s capable of crossing boundaries is that you can continue your gaming exploits whenever and wherever you want. Indeed, how many times have you been sat at home on your console and something has forced you to stop the game and leave the house? Well, with the Nintendo Switch, you won’t have to worry about cutting a mission short just because you aren’t at home.
Although the range of games available is still small, the obvious choice for players in 2017 is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. A smash hit in its day and still popular now, this racing game promises to get the most out of the device. When you’re playing on the console system the game should feel responsive and ergonomic, but when you switch to the tablet or mobile, familiar features such as touch-sensitive screens and tilt controls should come into play.
Whichever way you look at it, 2017 looks set to be another big year for mobile gaming. Thanks to hardware capable of running the latest software innovations and more people swapping traditional consoles for portable platforms, the market is booming. In fact, even if you don’t own one of the devices we’ve mentioned, there are plenty of options out there regardless of your brand allegiance or operating system preferences.