Unity: Rapid mobile evolution offers “diminishing returns”


Nicholas Francis, CCO of game development tools company Unity Technologies, has told Gamesindustry.biz that he believes rapidly improving mobile hardware specs will soon yield "diminishing returns" for game developers.

While handsets are becoming more powerful all the time – a testament to which is the recent announcement that Grand Theft Auto III will be released for Android and iOS devices later this month – Francis questioned how relevent all that horsepower is for mobile games. 

"If Sony and Microsoft did the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720, they would completely blow mobiles out of the water, and that's good if you want to make those big experiences," he said. "But having something that's much more powerful than an Xbox in my cell-phone? What am I going to do with that? It's a small screen, I'm playing on the bus, everything is shaking, there's light coming in.

"With mobile, I can see a point in making them two or four times as powerful, but after that it's diminishing returns."

Apple's iPhone 4S, its most powerful smartphone yet, enjoyed record launch sales over the weekend.