In 2019 cheap mobile devices developers like Xiaomi, Huawei, Honor, and Meizu minimized the performance index gap between premium-premium segment and reasonably-priced devices.
Now it’s possible to install, let’s say, a 3rd person Battle Royale shooter Creative Destruction onto Moto E5. This gadget costs less than $150 and presents stable 25-40 frames per second for over 4 hours. Mobile 3G or 4G networks are enough to play with up to 100 players across several platforms simultaneously. Classic open-world PS2/PC games like GTA San Andreas and Vice City show 20-40 FPS depending on a location within the game.
Motorola Moto E5, one of the cheapest 2019 smartphones, provides you with a bright, crisp high-definition display, a pretty decent 13MP camera, LTE, and 2GB RAM. These specifications are already enough for cross-platform mobile gaming on the go. The most popular multiplayer genre over the past 2 years, Battle Royale, used to be available only for dedicated gaming platforms, such as Windows, PS4, and Xbox One.
For insignificant $50 more, users can get a wide range of more powerful devices. The current market leader of the budget segment, $200 Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, can run more technologically advanced titles like Fortnite Battle Royale in unbelievable 40-60 FPS on the ultra-sharp QHD display. It also supports picturesque FPS like Modern Combat 5: Blackout and Dead Trigger 2.
Besides, basic game design doesn’t rely on coding as much as it used to. That leads to a significant rise of small game developers. Game engines like Unity and BuildBox offer educational game creator licences for free, and full development kits for token annual fees that fluctuate from $35 to $200.
A good example of a successful Unity creation is Clustertruck, a stunning indie 1st-person action game that is available on all major gaming platforms. It generated over $400,000 revenue in sales pre-launch, ending up with over $7 million.
Modern systems architecture and performance quality allow both AAA developers and indie home-based companies to reach more players. Powerful mobile gaming platforms are now more available than anything else, providing high accessibility to virtual products.
That’s how the accessibility of technology changes the video game industry. Game making business becomes a feasible work for anyone who has enough motivation. The combination of free YouTube lessons, cheap game engines, and affordable gaming devices makes the market open for all creative people.