Consumers Now Spend More on iOS and Android Games Than Dedicated Handheld Games

Posted February 21, 2013 at 10:12pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 8442 views

The App Annie & IDC Portable Gaming Report, a quarterly report that charts mobile application downloads and consumer spend alongside worldwide dedicated handheld gaming packaged software shipments, reveals that combined consumer spending on iOS App Store and Google Play games eclipsed that of dedicated handheld games in Q4.

Dedicated handheld gaming showed particular seasonality; close to 60 percent of Q4 consumer spending on Nintendo and Sony handheld gaming software occurred in December, a significantly higher share than was the case for December iOS App Store or Google Play game spending.

“While the most popular games and their business models are quite distinct, Nintendo and Apple were surprisingly close in terms of aggregate consumer spend on game software in the fourth quarter of 2012,” said Lewis Ward, IDC’s gaming research manager. “Seasonality is more pronounced in the dedicated handheld space and we hope this report series will help clarify the evolution of portable gaming dynamics in 2013 and beyond.”

Check out the charts below or download the full report here.

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dextermerks - August 21, 2014 at 3:01am
Yes, that is true but that when it comes to portability of mobile gaming. Yet the use of handhelds devices like the usual consoles like PSP, Xbox, Wii and more are design to make gaming experience more comprehensive and spontaneously unique. Nowadays, despite of merging mobile technology devices and their respective specs to consider them handheld like devices when it comes to gaming, still they won't be able to play that long and great experience like an other gaming consoles. Perhaps limited RPG, and mostly puzzle games, brain and mind games, including physics games and some easy games are best for mobile devices such in iOS and Android.
OldFART - February 22, 2013 at 12:18am
Till this day I have no spent a single cent on any app... (I've been iPhone owner since the fist one came out)
Aaa - February 21, 2013 at 10:39pm
LOL... Spend.
Ooh - February 21, 2013 at 10:59pm
Monies… lol
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