Newsweek columnist analyzes the iPhone's threat to DS, PSP
We like N'Gai Croal. His latest interview with the Criterion guys had him bringing up Nintendo fans, something we all are and love to hear about, and he usually asks some fairly tough questions. Now that news has hit concerning Apple and a certain iPhone, everyone is wondering if the platform could be a viable threat to Sony's Playstation Portable and the king of the handheld scene, the Nintendo DS.
N'Gai says the "iPhone won't stop the DS from selling like ice on a hot summer day, but it could cause a lot of casual DS owners to put it in a sock drawer and forget about it." Given the dual-input touch-screen controls the iPhone enjoys, can we honestly expect developers to ditch the DS for Apple's product? Probably not ...
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
1-11-2007 @ 2:23PM
I read that it will be totally closed, at least to start off totally locked down. No public SDK, no ability to install your own apps and so on. (from: http://www.watercoolergames.org/archives/000723.shtml)
1-11-2007 @ 2:25PM
The iPhone is far from being a threat to the DS in my opinion. Number one, the DS already has a massive user base of over 30 million people worldwide, and number two, I don't see them competing. The only thing they really share in common is the touch screen. The iPhone more competes with the PSP feature-wise, therefore I think only the PSP has to worry about it.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, have there even been any games announced for the iPhone? I thought it was just intended to compete with the treo and other "do everything" phones, not necessarily gaming devices.
With all due respect,
1-11-2007 @ 4:50PM
It wouldn't be a threat to the DS just like how the PS3 isn't a threat to the Wii.
The price tag (asides from the fact that it's not a games console...)
1-11-2007 @ 4:51PM
Not to mention the price difference.
1-11-2007 @ 8:12PM
DS has touch screen! Phone has touch screen! Therefore THEY MUST COMPETE! Or... maybe not. But it does seem to be the only real link between the iPhone and the DS other than perhaps the similar wide range of target audience that both Apple and Nintendo seem to be shooting for.
The DS is not a media system, even with homebrew and a whole heap of optimism, it's still not up to scratch as a practical movie/music player, and all the homebrew in the world isnt going to turn it into a telephone. At the same time, the iphone isn't being marketed as an innovation to handhold gaming. Sure, it'll have games. The ipod has games, nobody cares.
The iphone is going to mean one major thing; people who currently own a phone and an ipod will now have a free pocket and a lighter wallet. It's not going to make people put down Animal Crossing and Mariokart to play a mobile bejewelled clone because "it has a touch screen"!
1-11-2007 @ 8:28PM
Hahaha, touchscreen aside, IT'S A MAC.
And Mac's don't compete with *anything* when it comes to games. They get their 5 releases a year and go sit in the corner.
Still, that iPhone DOES look damn shiny. :)
1-11-2007 @ 9:14PM
I read that it will be totally closed, at least to start off totally locked down.
Complete that thought. Why did they do that, because they certainly don't do that with the Mac.
It was Cingular's decision, becuase it's a cell phone, they didn't want any weird apps (ahem, also known as viruses) fucking up the Cingular network..
If there's a way to SUBMIT programs to Apple to be tested, before being released to the public, then Apple can have 3rd party dev software.
In other words, there will be a page on apple.com in a month, elaborating on this special treatment of 3rd party software.
1-11-2007 @ 10:40PM
Superior PSP said...
the Iphone is no threat to DS, the only threat is the vastly superior PSP. The only reason the PSP does not already kick the DS's butt is that is has a higher pricetage, but you get so much more than the DS a childs toy. They say how the PSP is dying well it sold almost a million this Holiday and the games are only getting better. Iphone is no threat PSP will Dominate!
1-11-2007 @ 11:54PM
By your logic, the Gamecube which was cheaper than the PS2 and had better graphics should've outsold the PS2, but it didn't. You forget, power does not dictate market share. PS2 is the weakest of last gen and the victor. DS is the weaker in the portable arena and ... oh look, its trampling the PSP in hardware sales, and, more importantly, destroying it in software sales.
This is why Dragon Quest 9 was announced for ... oh, you guessed it, the DS. Weird, right? Especially since Dragon Quest 8 was on the PS2. Funny how that works.
1-12-2007 @ 8:42AM
Daniel (PR) said...
I cannot see anyone leaving say a PSP for the iPhone, yes the iPhone is very cool as a phone, mp3 player and browsing the net etc, but come on it cannot touch the PSP for games.
1-12-2007 @ 11:08AM
Mathieu Bonin said...
The PSP has GAMES?! You get outta here!
1-13-2007 @ 2:42PM
Jason @ Insomnia Radio said...
@ Mike: You're half right - Cingular enforced that Apple leave the iphone system very closed...
But Anyone notice the glaring absence of iChat? KNow why? Because Cingular makes a HEAP of money on SMS messaging. Same reason you didn't see any widgets displayed on iPhone :-) Because allowing an open source or 3rd party system that impedes on Cingular's ability to make money would be foolish...
With that said, this post is barely blog-worthy. I like my devices to do one thing and do it well.
The DS does games WELL. The ipod does music & video WELL. And my cell phone great for making phone calls. ANY device that tries to do too many things at once bombs. (PSP, anyone?)
1-14-2007 @ 12:31AM
Ben Serwa said...
Yeah, that new iApple is going to blow the Orange Lite right out of the produce aisle.