Carmack: NGP and 3DS could be the last dedicated gaming handhelds

Could smartphones kill off the gaming handheld for good?

Technical boss at id Software, John Carmack, has raised doubts over the future for dedicated gaming handhelds in the world of smartphones.

Carmack reckons that with the rise of smartphones that the days of dedicated games handhelds could be numbered due to the convenience of having everything in one device.

The id tech supremo told Dallas News: "The smartphone may turn out to be 80 percent as good at gaming as a dedicated gaming platform. People are going to carry their smartphone, and if it's an 80 percent gaming device, how many people in the gaming market will be satisfied with that? Thats the question thats in everybodys mind, and I really don't know."

In reference to the potential end of dedicated portable gaming consoles he added: "If that's what the consumers are going to trend towards on there, there may not be much as developers we can do about that. You don't always get to build pyramids just because you want to."

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