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Mobile Phone Games: Do the DS and PSP Stand a Chance?

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A new study has found that 43.8% of the phone DS PSP gaming market plays games on phones a significant 53.2% increase over the past year while the proportion of those who play on the DS or PSP has fallen by 13%.

Gamers appear to be defecting from their handheld gaming devices to phones to get their gaming kicks: a full 27.2% of consumers who indicate that they play games on their phones only (and not on the DS/PSP) actually own a DS or PSP, but do not actively use the device(s).

"The proliferation of highly multifunctional smartphones and messaging phones is a very real threat to the dominance by the DS and PSP of the handheld gaming market," said Courtney Johnson, Manager of Research and Analysis at Interpret. "Devices which satisfy a variety of entertainment and utility are fast outstripping single-function devices as consumer favorites."

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