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id’s Carmack: 3DS and NGP could be the last handheld consoles

Smartphones are the future

Product: RAGE (a.k.a. Mutant Bash TV) | Developer: id Software | Publisher: Bethesda Softworks | Genre: Shooter
For: iPhone   Also on: Android, iPad
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Doom daddy John Carmack thinks there’s a chance that Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s NGP could be the last generation of specialising handheld consoles, due to the rise of smartphone gaming.

And while dedicated machines will always boast better controls and more specialised features than a do-all mobile phone, the developer thinks people will put up with touchscreens and lower quality games simply because they only want to carry one device.

“People are going to carry their smart phone, and if it’s an 80 percent gaming device, how many people in the gaming market will be satisfied with that?” Carmack said, in an interview with the studio’s local Dallas News paper. “That’s the question that’s in everybody’s mind, and I really don’t know.”

As for game prices, where smartphone apps are usually a few pounds rather than £30 for a DS or PSP game, Carmack said, "if that's what the consumers are going to trend towards on there, there may not be much as developers we can do about that."

The part-time rocket scientist recently showed off exactly what the iPhone is capable of with Rage, an on-rails point-scoring shooter designed to show off the portable possibilities of the company’s id tech 5 engine.

Dallas News

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Mark Brown 9 February 2011
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Anonymous | 23:10 - 9 February 2011
tactile touch screen lag free sweet analog and a sweet d-pad motion controls 3D and im supposed to game on a phone am i CARMACK shut the fuk up your company is a dinosaur
Anonymous | 23:06 - 9 February 2011
funny how the dieing quake and unreal guys are the ones saying this as pc gaming dies and smartphones and tablets dont have gaming controls

and as generic shooter makers cannot keep pace with high level console game making companys HOW VERY VERY SAD
Anonymous | 23:04 - 9 February 2011
says the guy who never backed wii!!! the worlds fastest selling and most profitable console!!! and never backed DS and has shown no 3DS love!!!!!

and made a rubbish on rails iphone game carmack you need a reality check
Anonymous | 16:08 - 9 February 2011
"because they only want to carry one device." --> FINALLY SOMEBODY UNDERSTANDS ME! I totally agree. But maybe the target people are different in each device, i.e.: phones for teenagers & older people and handhelds for kids... But I think that carrying one device is crucial.
Anonymous | 14:19 - 9 February 2011
Sounds about right to me! Bring on xperia play! I also for a ps3 fie the more hardcore games...