Apple’s iOS devices are being seen as mobile platforms that are leading a revolution in the gaming industry by many. The CEO of one upstart gaming company says the shift to mobile has resulted in a wave of games that lack the emotional depth one can experience in traditional consoles, which is another way to look at the issue completely.
Speaking at Engadget’s Expand conference, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman panned the state of mobile gaming, saying that the experience users get on tablets such as Apple’s iPad and iPhone isn’t as fulfilling as what’s possible on consoles. Uhrman explained the issue by saying the following:
You're not having an emotional experience on a tablet. You're not engaged. It's more of a distraction.
Uhrman continued by saying the Ouya consoles very design lends itself to greater emotional investment in a game. It’s made from aluminum and according to Uhrman, the cold feel of the metal upon picking up the device immediately gets gamers feeling something about the game. This is coming from someone who describes herself as an old-school gamer, saying she would like to see the industry turn back to the television as the primary gaming portal. The rise of mobile operating systems and their open-to-all development paradigm represents a real opportunity for the gaming sector. She continued by saying the following about her company’s upcoming console:
We want to really enable creativity and bring games back to the television, but we wanted to do it in an inexpensive and accessible way. We wanted to bring the best business model — mobile — to the television. That means you have to build something that's incredibly powerful and yet inexpensive.