Apple Expected To Become World’s Biggest Gaming Platform By The End Of The Year

Apple Expected To Become World’s Biggest Gaming Platform By The End Of The Year

iOS devices will soon be the world’s most popular game console.

Apple’s iOS devices have had a huge impact on gaming, and more and more people are choosing to get their kicks on the iPhone and iPad rather than dedicated handheld consoles from the likes of Sony and Nintendo. By the end of this year, analysts expect Game Center accounts on iOS to surpass the 200 million milestone, making it the world’s biggest gaming platform.

According to Apple, there are currently more than 130 million Game Center accounts, which means iOS devices are already more popular than home consoles like the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, and the Nintendo Wii. In fact, it’s currently the world’s third-largest gaming platform.

But Asymco expects Game Center to surpass 200 million users by the end of 2012, putting Apple’s platform way out in front, ahead of the Nintendo DS — the best-selling console to date. “No gaming device has ever reached the 200 million mark,” Asymco says.

If you look at OpenFeint figures, a third-party gaming platform on iOS, there are already more than 180 million people gaming on iOS devices.

Apple Expected To Become World’s Biggest Gaming Platform By The End Of The Year

Of course, it wouldn’t be accurate to look at sales figures alone, because not everyone who purchases an iOS device uses it for gaming. So Game Center and OpenFeint accounts are the most accurate way of determining the figures. Even then, you need to bear in mind that some users could have more than just one Game Center or OpenFeint account.

Even so, iOS devices have been gearing up to overtake consoles for some time.

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  • FriarNurgle

    Hoping more functionality (apps/gaming) come to the Apple TV. Backed the OUYA Kickstarter project. Should be interesting to see what Android can do with this set top box gaming platform… while I wait for Apple to figure it out.

  • Bruce Schrock

    still a console gamer. touchscreen games just don’t compare. If apple wants to replace the xbox and ps2 then it needs a controller based gaming system.

  • Alfred2612

    If we assume that about half of people with Game Center accounts also have Open Feint accounts, that means it’s about 225 mln people playing videogames on iOS. And many more won’t have such accounts and still play games. Both my parents play games on the iPad, but they don’t use Game Center or whatever.

    So even if we then assumed half of these accounts are dead or duplicates, iOS may already the #1 gaming platform in the world, probably not far from the Nintendo DS. Of course the #1 gaming platform when just considering the hardcore gamers would arguably be the Xbox 360.

  • Th3_1d

    nope

  • BrianEff

    What game is that on the black iPod Touch?

  • ShintoWave

    “Of course, it wouldn’t be accurate to look at sales figures alone, because not everyone who purchases an iOS device uses it for gaming. So Game Center and OpenFeint accounts are the most accurate way of determining the figures. Even then, you need to bear in mind that some users could have more than just one Game Center or OpenFeint account.
    Even so, iOS devices have been gearing up to overtake consoles for some time.”

    1) This is all that matters, it isnt the biggest gaming platform

    2) its the worst game platform, thats fact

  • Steven Quan

    Gaming is one area that Apple could potentially dominate. Unfortunately I don’t think Steve Jobs was an avid gamer which is probably why they didn’t pursue it and haven’t done so. Some games like Real Racing 3 let you use the iPhone as a controller while playing on your 27″ iMac. This is essentially turning the Mac into a pseudo gaming console.

    Apple has always tried to focus on the education markets, enterprise, and general consumer. They’ve never reached out to the gaming community specifically. I have games on my iPod Touch but I never use Game Center cause I find it awkward to use. If Apple put their full weight on gaming they could probably rival and/or surpass Xbox.

    I don’t even think it would be too hard. All Apple has to do is put a little more oomph into their Mac Mini processor (or Apple TV). They can design a bluetooth controller (or use an existing controller since the PS3′s controller supposedly has built in support), design some killer games, and voila! Gaming system!

    The hard part is coming up with a good secure online network with proper support, getting rid of all the cheaters who are hacking their way in and controlling the foul mouthed teeny boppers abusing other gamers.

    I think one big obstacle to an Apple gaming console, is that it doesn’t appeal to everyone. If you’re 55 and older you’re not going to buy a gaming console, whereas there’s many 55 yr olds that will buy an iPad or iPhone. You’re also less likely to buy a gaming console if you’re a female as opposed to a young male and Apple’s iPhones and iPads are warmly embraced by the female population.

    I would certainly like to see Apple try though, and make at least some attempt to make a console and online gaming community ala Xbox. It would be the first time they followed Microsoft and not the other way around.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a freelance writer based in the UK. He has an interest in all things tech, but most enjoys covering Apple, anything mobile, and gaming. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell, or through his website.

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