Mobile gaming takes a bite out of DS and PSP

Mobile gaming takes a bite out of DS and PSPA new report published by Flurry, catchily titled Apple and Google Capture U.S. Video Game Market Share in 2010,  shows that mobile gaming is on the increase, stealing a share of the portable gaming pie from Nintendo’s DS and Sony’s PSP.

In 2009, the iPhone accounted for 5% of video gaming revenue in the US, compared to 24% Portable and 71% Console. Flurry points out that the iPad had yet to launch, and Android sales were insignificant.

A year later, iOS and Android combined grabbed an 8% share of US video gaming revenue, with Portable dropping to 16% and Console rising to 76%. The combined iOS and Android revenue was more than $800 million, though Flurry notes that “the significant majority of revenue was generated by iPhone games.”

Flurry attributes the increasing success of mobile gaming to low priced games, and 24-hour availability (which, incidentally, is something I mentioned in Why mobile gaming is better than console gaming a few weeks ago).

Mobile gaming is expected to take an even bigger slice of the pie in 2011, with the release of the iPad 2, iPhone 5 and – I love this quote – a “relentless expansion of Android devices”.

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