Tablet computing could bring major changes in gaming


With Microsoft announcing the Slate tablet PC at CES and Apple’s long-rumoured tablet Mac expected this Spring, 2010 could be the year that tablet computing really takes off. Both Microsoft and Apple are promising to pack the power of a laptop into the much smaller chassis of a tablet computer. While there is some reason to be sceptical about either company being able to successfully combine power and good battery life, if they do live up to their promises, the devices could be interesting new gaming platforms.

Before last year, it was hard to imagine an Apple launch being interesting for gamers at all but the iPod Touch has changed all that. Apple is now pushing the device as a handheld platform and suddenly the idea of playing games on an Apple product doesn’t seem so weird. Since tablet computers will rely on similar touch screen technology to the Touch and there is the possibility of an Apple tablet using the app store, there is already a strong stable of developers who would no doubt delight at adapting their games, and developing new ones, for a more powerful computer with a much bigger screen.

The emergence of tablet computers could also blur the line between portable and PC gaming. Red Alert on the iPod Touch seemed like a great idea but the small screen made it hard to recreate the combat of the PC games. With a bigger screen, it’s easy to imagine some of the problems melting away.

The combination of mouse and keyboard has been the main way of playing PC games for at least 20 years. Tablet PCs and growing numbers of desktops with touch screens could open up some interesting new possibilities for developers and some exciting immersive control systems for gamers.

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7 Responses to “Tablet computing could bring major changes in gaming”

  1. Great site Im happy I stumbled onto it through my friends blog. Going to need to add another blog to the morning routine

  2. Very good writing. I am glad your posting that. I hope you can accept my apology for my less good English Skills, I am from France and English is sort of new to me. I will bookmark your blog and keep reading.

  3. Based on the recent history of the iPhone, i won’t go out and buy the first tablet. I will wait for the product to improve and the price to drop. Apples frequent to make changes to their products so I won’t have to wait very long. I’d luv to know many people had buyers remorse after going to purchase the first version

    • That’s a valid point Jina,

      Already on their website they say the first iPad becomes available in March, but the 3G version comes out late April. At least with the iPad you aren’t tied to a 24 month contract like the first iPhone buyers got stuck with!

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