PC games have been dominating the industry for years. However, mobile games have gained tremendous popularity to overtake computer and console variants in the past few years. According to Business Wire, mobile games dominate the industry by 60% and are expected to continue soaring. For instance, Unity mobile development variants such as Call of Duty have helped the mobile gaming space grow rapidly.
Mobile Games Requirements
Experts believe that the pandemic is one of the major factors that accelerated the growth of the mobile gaming industry. During that period, many companies such as Unity transitioned from pc to mobile. However, there are specific requirements that companies must meet for a seamless cross-platform transition. Here is a good example from Unity PC requirements:
- 1 GB RAM
- Android 9 for Android devices
- Graphics- Metal for iOS and tvOS.
- iOS 11+ for apple devices
- 11+ for tvOS
- Vulkan OpenGL ES 2.0+, graphics for Android devices, and many more
Cost of game development
As stated above, pc games are losing their popularity to mobile games. One reason is that developers require a lot of resources to create them, which translates to higher costs. However, there are grey areas in determining whether Mobile entertainment products are cheaper than PCs’.
Both variants’ costs depend on specific factors. They include but are not limited to:
- The ideas scale
- The development team size
- Level of technology
Such scenarios make the comparison between PC games and mobile games hard to determine. For instance, some Unity games are free while others are not. Another confusing example is a budget of $140,000 used by Rovio to make Angry Birds. Experts believe that games of this direction should have a relatively lower budget. On the other hand, the indie PC game Night in the Woods was only developed by two people and generated approximately $200,000 on a crowdfunding platform. Note that the duo was only asking for $50,000.
Mobile Gaming vs. PC Gaming: What to expect in Future
As noted in the statement above, the pandemic has immensely contributed to the mobile gaming industry’s growth. Developers have continued to update their gaming devices while players have increased their gaming capabilities. As a result, consoles, PC, and mobile players have developed more interest in playing cross-platform games.
A good example of console and PC games that players can now access on their mobile devices include The X-COM: UFO Defence, Dragon’s Lair, Carmageddon, Tomb Raider, Baldur’s Gate, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic as well as Heroes of Might and Magic III. However, the list is still growing daily.
Additionally, some games have gotten special mobile versions. The latest one is Lineage 2’s, which recently upgraded to Lineage 2 Revolution. Others include but are not limited to Pokemon GO, Hitman GO, Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes, Need for Speed: No Limits, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Titan Souls, Grim Fandango Remastered, Bioshock 2D, Rayman Jungle Run, Raiden Legacy, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Pacman 256 and many more.