Gaming Form Factor

Wireless gaming seem to be the one app that everyone sees a business in, unlike MMS which many think will flop. The big unknown is on the hardware side. Do people want handsets that play games or gaming consoles that make phone calls? This is the same question facing smartphone makers. However I think its much clearer when it comes to gaming. Professionals are going to want handsets first. Gaming will be a secondary feature used during idle time. Gaming console phones, such as the Nokia N-Gage, will have a niche market with youths and heavy gamers who want a dedicated wireless gaming device. For them wireless data enhances their gaming experience. Voice is secondary. While this is great for carriers desperate to start making money from data, it will be tough for manufacturers to recreate the Gameboy economy for new platforms.

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