The more I think about it, the more I reckon the Android platform could become the next great portable gaming device.
I’ve just been reliving my childhood with SNesroid, an Android emulator that lets you play Super Nintendo games on your phone. You can use the app to install ROMs of old classics such as Street Fighter II, Mario Kart and Super Tennis on your device, and they play exactly like they did all those years ago. The HTC Desire I used coped perfectly well, providing a seamless and smooth playing experience.
Android gaming is definitely getting more interesting, confirmed this week when I played the excellent Quake 2 port. Many game developers are putting all their efforts into iPhone at the moment but the Apple platform will always be restricted to touchscreen controls due to the nature of the hardware.
Hopefully, it won’t be long before we start to see more Android gaming devices, such as Hard Kernel’s ODROID. When that happens, gamers’ eyes might start wandering away from Apple’s App Store.