Is this the year of the gaming phone?

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Is this the year of the gaming phone?

Mobile games have come a long way since the days of Snake on your old Nokia. They’re now bigger and better. Take a look at the recently launched Fortnite Mobile for example. Such a game would not have been possible on mobile even just a few years ago.

As our phones become more advanced, so too are the games we can play on them. Mobile gaming is changing, and we couldn’t be more excited.

With more console games such as Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds heading to smartphone, we ask: will our phones be able to handle all these amazing games in future?

Time to invest in a gaming phone?

Imagine if your phone delivered an even better gameplay experience, with features geared towards gaming just like a gaming PC. Such phones do exist. However, dedicated gaming phones are still a minority, but there’s a lot that other smartphone-makers can learn from them.

Here’s a few reasons why Apple, Samsung, Huawei and others should take a leaf out of the gaming phone playbook…

More space for games
We all need a little extra storage to store photos, music, and apps. Unfortunately, by the time you’ve downloaded your favourite apps, there’s little space for games.

Some gaming phones meanwhile offer up twice as much internal storage as your average high-end smartphone. We’re talking up to 512GB of delicious space for all the games you could possibly want to carry around with you. And you won’t have to delete anything else to make space for the inevitable Fortnite Mobile sequel.

Processors that are faster than Speedy Gonzalez
Processors are everything when it comes to your phone’s performance. They’re the engine inside that keeps things ticking over when you’re trying to use multiple apps at the same time. If you want a phone capable of running the latest games, you’ll need a phone that can handle anything you can throw at it.

Phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 have a processor speed of up to 2.7 GHz. However, the latest gaming phones can deliver close to 3 GHz, and have additional computing power and graphics cards. And that means smooth and stable frame rates, zero lag no matter how many apps you’ve got open, and console-like performance and gameplay.

As cool as a cucumber on ice
There’s a reason gaming PCs have cooling technology built into them. Playing the latest graphic-intense games uses a lot of power, which can cause them to overheat. The more advanced mobile games get, the more likely it is you’ll need a phone with its own cooling system.

PC-maker ASUS has already built a GameCool system for mobiles with a 3D vapor-chamber cooling system. It spreads heat more efficiently so your phone won’t feel hot during gameplay. It could also prevent your phone from crashing in the middle of a game and losing your save progress. In future, phones built for gaming could make such a problem a thing of the past.

Livestream your gaming skills
Another ASUS technology we’d love to see in gaming phones in future is the TwinView Dock. This gives your phone an extra screen – a bit like the Nintendo DS. This would let you play games on one screen, and interact with your audience during your Twitch.tv livestream session on the other screen.

Mobile game streaming isn’t such a big thing right now, but it soon could be. Just imagine streaming your Fortnite Mobile gameplay to thousands of fellow gamers while you’re on the train.

Better gaming controls
Remember the Sony Xperia PLAY?

This attempt at a gaming phone wasn't a huge success, but it did get one thing right - the controls. Modelled on a PlayStation gamepad, they worked perfectly to deliver an almost console-alike experience. However, mobile gaming just wasn’t as good back then. We weren’t ready.

Today it’s a different story. The latest mobile games are reaching console-quality standard. And with that, we demand such controls, and triggers on the sides to mimic gamepads such as your Xbox Wireless Controller at home. In future, we hope to see phones built with gamers in mind, that make you feel like you’re playing on a pocket-sized games console.

Is gaming part of the smartphone future?

What do you think? Will smartphones have to change in order to let us play the latest games? What other gaming features would you like to see on future smartphones?

Let us know in the comments below. Happy gaming.

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