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Is Sony Right About iOS Gaming?

by Travis Harvey | August 17, 2010August 17, 2010 9:30 am PST

Yesterday this advertisement of Sony bashing the iPhone’s gaming platform went viral and spread across nearly every popular tech site the internets have known.  Sure Apple’s iOS gaming platform might have tens of thousands of titles a finger tap away but Sony’s might have found the weak spot in its competition: quantity versus quality.

I’ll be honest and admit that I’ve never owned a single generation of Sony’s PSP but I’m familiar with handheld gaming pre-iPhone.  In the three years of owning an iPhone, I’ll admit there isn’t nearly as much depth to the iOS titles as there was back when GameBoy was running the mobile gaming scene.  Off the top of my head, Super Monkey Ball, Fieldrunners, Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, and Rolando are the only apps I’ve purchased that are even worthy of competing against the titles that are available on a dedicated gaming platform like the PSP.  If you’re looking for a closer to console gaming experience, it’s PSP all the way.

It’s not all roses though when you opt for a PSP.  Most titles, especially newer releases, cost exponentially more than an app you’ll find in the App Store.  The apps listed above will run you about $20 total for five very high quality games.  One PSP game can easily run you double that.  iPhone games are great for killing five minutes in line while you’d be unlikely to make any progress in a PSP title in the same timeframe.

In the end it comes down to a matter of preference.  You’d be insane to recommend the iPhone over the PSP to any hardcore gamer and just as nuts to recommend a PSP for the average Joe looking to kill a few minutes in line at Starbucks.  Sony’s going after a different market than Apple and there’s certainly room for both platforms in the gaming world.