Re: Smartphones to supersede games consoles?
"No reason why not"... I'll give you a few.
1. Buttons/joysticks etc. A PS3 or Xbox controller has 2 joysticks, a d pad, four buttons and 4 triggers, all of which are used in games. A touch-screen controller cannot match physical buttons for each of use.
2. Ergonomics. Games controllers are designed to fit comfortably in your hands, shaped to allow your fingers to naturally lie on top of the triggers and your thumbs on the joysticks. That leaves a couple of fingers in each hand to hold the controller easily and steadily. Smarthphones are angular and flat, making them totally unsuitable for long term comfortable gaming.
3. Battery. Current smartphones eat batteries for breakfast, Future phones will not be a whole lot better. Add to that the increased demands for HD gaming and streaming that content over wi-fi or whatever, and you'll kill your phone in a couple of hours. Assuming you want to have a game after work, it's likely your battery will already be partially used, reducing your game time even further.
4. Convenience. OK, having a portable gaming solution is good, but, it has it's drawbacks. For those of us who don't live alone, taking the games console to work every morning would be a little inconvenient to those at home. Also, multiplayer games suddenly look expensive, with 2 smartphones, or possibly 4, an additional controller is a lot cheaper.
5. Cost. Smartphone games are cheaper, much cheaper. If you buy your PS3/Xbox games new you do have to pay a lot. However, pick them up in 6 months on eBay and save a fortune. Smartphones are also much more expensive than consoles. I can buy a PS3 (£160) and an Xbox 360 (£179) for less than an iPhone 4s (£499). Buy one console and you're £339 better off to start with. Then you've always got the advantage of being able to sell on your old games after you've finished them, something you'll never be able to do with phone apps.
That's my two pen'orth, anyway.