Apple has announced that it has sold three million New iPads in just three days.
“The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold – the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”
The industry, like it or not, is changing, and mobile, tablet and browser gaming is proving to be the turning point. These are figures that the likes of Sony and Nintendo dream about, and whilst (naturally) the iPad isn’t all about gaming, that’s three million more devices capable of playing games out there.
For a publisher or developer, it’s clear that it’s a market worth investigating.
Sure, the tablet gaming field is a little different, but the gap between the likes of PS Vita and the iPad is getting smaller constantly – both in terms of tech (there’s little difference now between the two) and in terms of the games on offer. Will there ever be an Uncharted or WipEout on iPad? No. Will there be something similar?
Yes, and there already is.
It’s that price difference argument again, Gameloft’s Uncharted ‘tribute’ might be scale the same heights, figuratively, but it’s available for 69p. And regardless of those that scream “no buttons!!!” – even though there’s a valid point there it’s clear there’s a market for games that just use the touch screen to try to emulate a console control method.
It might not be for you, but it’s definitely something that’s happening. Those sales figures are insane, especially given that the New iPad isn’t that big a step up from an iPad 2 aside from the screen and the RAM – but it’s what people want and it looks like it’s what people have been waiting for.
Here’s hoping PS Suite has the desired effect for Vita.