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“The era of dedicated handheld gaming platform is over,” says LG CEO

Thursday, 7th July 2011 17:21 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

LG CEO and president, Dr. Jong-seok Park, is of the opinion that the “era of dedicated handheld gaming platform is over,” now that the South Korean electronics company has released its glasses-free Optimus 3D mobile in the country.

“The era of dedicated handheld gaming platform is over,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park in a press release. “Today’s smartphones have the horsepower to compete with the best portable gaming devices and LG Optimus 3D is our proof.

“We think 3D is the natural next step in portable entertainment and LG is eager to throw its hat in the ring with the Optimus 3D and Gameloft’s ‘must-be-seen-to-be-believed’ titles.”

After this statement was issued, according to CVG, the firm sent out an amended press release just stating: “Today’s smartphones have the horsepower to compete with the best portable gaming devices and LG Optimus 3D is our proof.”

Gameloft president Michel Guillemot added: “The most recent data shows iOS and Android devices capturing a growing part of the portable gaming market by revenue. With the next generation of smartphones offering 3D capabilities, the bar has been raised to a new height. On the Optimus 3D, we’re able to offer our most popular titles to an entirely new audience at very competitive price points.”

The glasses-free device comes pre-installed with Gameloft’s Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, N.O.V.A. and Let’s Golf!, and 14 additional 3D games will be made available from Gameloft on the phones for half the price over the next three months.

These titles include: Assassin’s Creed: Altaïr’s Chronicles, James Cameron’s Avatar, Shrek Kart, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Real Football 2011, Star Battalion, N.O.V.A. 2 and Shadow Guardian.

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  1. Tallon 4

    Mmmmmmm…..Shrek kart or Uncharted Golden Abyss???
    The era of dedicated platform gaming never started for most people who play “games” om a mobile phone.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. rainer

    Mr park is jumping the gun, hardware fragmentation and touch controls will impede traditional game development so there will always be room for other platforms. Even LG’s own vaunted 3D is probably only supported by 1 or 2 titles.

    Of course one day that gap will close on smartphones but not today.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. BraveArse

    “The era of dedicated handheld gaming platform is over,”, says man trying to hawk subpar generalist gaming device, which runs subpar games by subpar publisher, Gameloft.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    Who gives a shit about 3D anyways? Seriously, fuck the 3DS. There are better ways to lose money. Like throwing it out of the window.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. KewreL

    “Today’s smartphones have the horsepower to compete with the best portable gaming devices and LG Optimus 3D is our proof.”

    What a load of crap! Gaming is not all about graphics. What about controls? I don’t care if my phone has ten times the horsepower of any gaming computer, I still won’t take it as a serious gaming machine as long as the touch screen is the only means of control. There are tons and tons of games that simply don’t work with a touchscreen as the only input. Smartphones won’t be able to compete on the same level as dedicated portable consoles until solutions like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play becomes more wide-spread.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    Some of you have taken a step too far perhaps in reading into what he’s saying.

    Why do people buy handhelds? Think about that for a second. It’s a time killer when you’re at the airport, on the train, when you’re abroad etc etc, most people use them to kill little bits of time in <30 minute chunks, not exclusively, but probably for the most part.

    You could buy a dedicated device to eat up that time, indeed, but if your phone can offer you 30 minutes of entertainment, do you still need that dedicated device?

    Now I know that phones don't and possibly can't offer the same sort of experiences as the dedicated device, but they do have their own charms, and if enough people can be convinced that their touch screen puzzlers, tappers and swipers do just as good a job at eating up their bite sized portions of time without the need for the extra bit of hardware AND with far cheaper software then the handheld console market declines to the point where it may not be worth the investment for hardware and software manufacturers alike to support dedicated handheld gaming consoles.

    A lot of handheld games would make cracking downloadable titles too.

    #6 3 years ago