One of the most popular
selling points for phones is their ability to be your gaming platform on the go.
The Matters of Mobile Gaming
Mobile gaming has exploded in
popularity over the past few years. One can easily download a game or two at
the App Store in the blink of an eye.
A few simple steps, a download, and you are all set to go.
Almost all modern smartphones have the capacity to run games. Those
wanting to up the ante however may want a gaming
phone to do their bidding.
For a mobile device to have
the ‘gaming phone’ moniker attached to it, it requires a few things.
- A high RAM count
- Fast processor
- High internal
- A dedicated GPU
to handle the visual aspects of the game
- A screen large
enough to display a game’s full view
The Battery Dilemma
The thing to consider with portable
gaming is its battery potential.
This has been the issue since the days of the original GameBoy – you can only enjoy as much as the battery stays alive.
With modern phones, you cannot simply switch
batteries to keep going. You have to charge them to completion before you can
continue. While fast charging and wireless charging are possible
depending on the model, it still gives you a limited window into actually
The Price Problem
Those with the label ‘gaming
phones’ often have a very high price tag to their name. The Asus ROG 1 phone for instance costs
$900-1100. The Razer Phone 2 has a
similar price, going at $700-800 range. These offer high-end specs for mobile
phone gaming, but it may leave you wondering whether the price is worth the result. This is due to items like the Nintendo Switch ($300) or even the 3DS ($150) offering a better gaming
experience at fraction of the price.