Quick recap of mobile phone gamingNot so long ago the only way to play a "real" computer game was to be on a PC or a games console such as the playstation or the Xbox and the most powerful games on phones were the likes of Snake or Tetris, but then along came the smartphone. The Iphone brought the first steps to creating a real console experience on a mobile phone to the masses (albeit the rich masses), soon after the iphone, android began to rise in the mobile world, originally having cheap and not very powerful handsets held android back in the gaming experience but not after too long manufacturers began to believe in android and sink real money in the production of handsets. This led to android phones racing ahead in terms processors and bringing gaming to the forefront of handset production. Manufacturers knew that gaming was a major concern for modern customers so making handsets more powerful obvious, but Sony took it one step further releasing the Xperia Play, a playstation orientated mobile phone.
Where are we now
Now at the start of 2014 there has never been more choice of where to play your games. The next generation of major consoles have just been released resulting in the most powerful games consoles we have ever seen, in the past this would only really cause competition between the three big console manufacturers, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, but there is now more competition than ever. Most consumers now have incredibly powerful mobile phones such as the Galaxy S4 or even more powerful tablets such as the Xperia Tablet z, which can handle the best mobile games, the games that are incredibly close to console quality(Modern combat series).
But handsets are not the only competition for the big three because as you all should know by now there are an increasing number of Android games consoles on the market, the most popular being the wonderful little OUYA, now most "serious" gamers probably haven't given the little box or any of its sibling the slightest of thought but maybe they should. The OUYA may not be the most powerful android machine ever made (understatement of the year) but it still has a huge catalogue of very interesting and top mobile quality games availably for a very, very low price and the collection is still growing every day (something the big three don't really offer).
The pc world is also changing with steam planning on moving their PC software to console hardware, creating the steam box, which will hold the already huge steam games collection.
So as I said earlier the future is BRIGHT but also very, very full. The PS4 and XBOX ONE will be here for the majority of the next decade, The steam box/ boxes will no doubt become a staple in the homes of most if not all PC gamers, The Ouya is due for an annual update similar to mobile phones and the mobile phones themselves are obviously going to get more and more powerful until we can play the likes of battlefield 4 or watchdogs while waiting for the bus.
Our choices for what to play and where to play them differ from person to person, I myself love to delve into a huge free-roam world like assassins creed or skyrim but I also love quirky multiplayer games such as Bombsquad which is why I own a ps3 and an OUYA. So whatever your gaming needs the future will undoubtedly have them covered.