What it is: The popular Fortnite game is cross-platform so iOS users can play against console and PC users.
Mobile gaming has traditionally lagged behind console and PC gaming simply because the hardware behind smartphones and tablets were never powerful enough to compete against the processors and graphics cards in dedicated game consoles and PCs. That’s now changing.
With both the iPhone and iPad getting processors that are equivalent to PC processors, the iPhone and iPad are nearly equal to processing power of game consoles and PCs. Toss in improved graphics capabilities and mobile gaming is no longer a second class citizen but an equivalent platform for gaming.
Consoles and PCs will always have the edge in hardware game control accessories but the fact that an iPhone and iPad can rival the processing and graphics capabilities of game consoles and PCs is still astounding. With game console hardware updating every few years, iPhone and iPad processors and graphics will eventually catch up and surpass game consoles altogether. As mobile processors rival processors found in PCs, the hardware difference will be even, if not in favor of mobile platforms. That means the games of the future will need to tap in to the console, PC, and mobile game market at the same time.
Games may seem like a trivial use of computers, but it’s a lucrative one. Windows still retains its popularity not because of PowerPoint or Excel, but because of gaming. If you want a great gaming PC, you want a Windows PC, not a Macintosh. The Xbox and PlayStation are nothing but dedicated game computers, and they’ve been money makers for years. Games typically earn millions within the first month of their release, surpassing even Hollywood blockbuster movies. The world of gaming is highly profitable.
That’s why the fact that iOS is nearly equal as a gaming platform to consoles and PCs is a remarkable milestone that will only improve over time. The next time someone hints that mobile computers aren’t as good as PCs or game consoles, they’ll be wrong. That type of thinking worked in the past, but is wholly inaccurate today. Where the gamers go, that’s where the users will go too, and that means a bright future for all iOS devices.