It’s an obvious point but we don't think enough about it: mobile and PC are two completely different ecosystems as far as gaming is concerned. The former is the domain of commuters and quick gaming sessions and the latter is a place where hobbyists spend their days whittling extra megahertz out of an old processor. Framerates are everything, after all.
PC and mobile might both serve as gaming devices but they’re far from rivals.
For some gamers, making the shift from PC to mobile gaming can be an intimidating journey. It’s not so much a question of hardware as one of trust, accessibility, and confidence – for example, do mobile apps offer the same level of security as a website?
Here are two ways to make sure your casino experience is enjoyable regardless of whether you’re using PC or mobile.
One of the defining aspects of online casino is the sector’s commitment to a wide range of different payment options. For example, Mr Spin, a British casino specializing in slot games, allows players to make a casino deposit by phone, meaning that they can play games today but defer the payment until their phone bill comes in at the end of the month.
The advantage of paying by phone bill is that players don’t have to hand over their credit card details to the company. Mr Spin also accepts more traditional payment options like PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, and Paysafecard. There’s also a growing number of casino websites out there that accept cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.
The Right Device
In 2016, it’s much harder to find a modern phone or tablet that won’t run games than one that’s built for them. Casino games, in particular, are designed to run on devices going back years. Mr Spin’s slots, for example, work with 99% of phones and tablets on the market. It’s always worth shopping around for a device built with gaming in mind, though.
Arguably the best phones for gaming this year are the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the iPhone 7, and the HTC 10. They’re all very pricey and have their own particular quirks (the HTC has superior sound, for example, while the S7 has a dedicated virtual reality headset in the Gear VR) but you’re unlikely to need another gaming device for a while if you take the plunge on one.
That said, you don’t actually need a premium device to enjoy iGaming on the go. A phone like the OnePlus X or the Motorola Moto G4 is just as good for casino titles like poker or blackjack as the iPhone. You only really need the expensive models if you’re planning to take your gaming into the realms of virtual reality.
It’s only recently that mobile devices have overtaken laptops and desktop PCs as the preferred device for browsing the web. A reported 51.3% of users surveyed by Statcounter in October 2016 preferred their phones or tablets over computers for visiting websites. However, the most remarkable statistic is perhaps that it’s taken so long for mobile to dominate, given the number of devices in the world.
Mobile is here to stay, so it’s worth putting some thought into your next mobile purchase if you’re making the transition from PC gaming to mobile gaming.