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Desktop or mobile future?

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by smithielarry44, Oct 3, 2014.

    Oct 3, 2014
  1. smithielarry44

    smithielarry44 Dormant account webby

    hi guys,
    I really love the web, but nowadays mobile and apps are getting more and more attention and I wander what will look like the casino and gambling industry in 4-5 years.
    Do you think desktop will somewhat 'die' and mobile will be mainstream or there's no mobile app that can replace the experience from desktop playing?

    Are there any of you that are playing regularly on mobile?

    I think this is an interesting topic to discuss about

    Cheers :)
  2. Oct 3, 2014
  3. Googobucs

    Googobucs Meister Member

    IT Manager
    Florida, USA
    From an older persons point of view:
    Older folks tend to have more disposable income and gamble more so the trend is probably in that direction. Especially slots.

    I will never play on my phone or tablet. I am half blind in one eye and cant see out of the other. :eek2:
    I'm not anti-technology at all, but i don't like fumbling with a small touch screen and checking to see if my wifi connection is strong enough...........blah, blah, blah..................
    I also hate texting if that gives you some perspective of where I see things.

    I would rather sit comfortably at my PC and play. I can have the TV on next to me will the ball game on if I want to multi-task :D
    2 people like this.
  4. Oct 3, 2014
  5. mathsboy1975

    mathsboy1975 Senior Member webmeister

    software engineer
    UK London
    I think the desktop will drop off in terms of popularity but I don't think it will disappear completely. I think there will always be users that find that using tablets and phones is a somewhat "lightweight" experience. I consider myself in this group and find that tablets are useful for certain things but are in no way a replacement for the desktop. I have played a few slots on my phone and found the experience pretty underwhelming in all honesty.

    It is always hard to predict the directions in which technology will turn but I don't think that the desktop will ever truly disappear from mainstream usage - particularly if the increase in popularity of tablets means that the price of high quality desktops comes down.
  6. Oct 3, 2014
  7. weesie

    weesie Ueber Meister

    Old bag lady with a laptop
    Well, I am of the older generation.

    I work on a desktop and it is perfect!

    The 21 inch diagonal monitor is on the breakfast bar in the family room so it is at my eye level.

    I have a very, very comfortable leather office chair parked in front of it.

    I can't imagine sitting at a table with a laptop or tablet and being uncomfortable for any extended period of time. No, thank you!
    2 people like this.
  8. Oct 3, 2014
  9. suomikala87

    suomikala87 Senior Member PABnoaccred webmeister

    Northern Countries
    Pretty much sums up my view on this. I often connect a laptop to a big screen TV so I can have the movie theater experience while playing slots. Some of these new slots like Jurassic Park are just spectacular to look at and a small touch screen just wouldn't do them justice.
    3 people like this.
  10. Oct 3, 2014
  11. SteveTurk

    SteveTurk Dormant account

    I think mobile will capture a large market, but I can see many new permutations with smart technology that would create a more interactive experience combining devices like tablets with large LED TV's, where you could browse other games/tables/slots/promos/stats etc on the device and control what happens on the "live" game on screen...
  12. Oct 3, 2014
  13. spintee

    spintee Meister Member webby mm2

    gambler :)
    I cannot stand using small mobile device, Playing slots should be a chill out time for me, I cannot see how straining your eyes, fiddling about can be a way to relax so If they ever went down the route and stooped pc / laptops than that would be me out of the game,

    I can see it going real big on mobile devices low,
    4 people like this.
  14. Oct 3, 2014
  15. suzecat

    suzecat Dormant account

    When the old reliable Gateway died after more than 14 years of service, looked around for a replacement. Needed something small, powerful with WiFi and great resolution.

    Got the Surface NT. Does everything the old dinosaur did, just better, faster and much easier. It's great to move from room to room, no cables, cords or weight to deal with (the Surface weighs just 1.5 pounds!)

    Just my two cents ;)
    1 person likes this.
  16. Oct 4, 2014

    SPOPPLE Experienced Member

    United Kingdom
    Im fairly young at 26 and dont really play mobile slots, they have alot more problems and the games dont run anyway near as smooth and as someone said it feels like a lightweight experience. I go through my money ALOT faster on mobile aswell, not sure why but it seems that way. Cant beat sitting down with a big screen in front of you playing what could for all purposes be a real physical slot, as opposed to squinting at a 4 inch screen that gets errors and lags and not all games are optimized etc etc.
    1 person likes this.
  18. Oct 4, 2014
  19. mcgameboy

    mcgameboy Screenieholic & Essayist CAG mm2

    Casual Stocktaker (Inventory Counter)
    When it comes to the size of screen that you play slots on, bigger is always better IMO. If desktop/laptop play were to be phased out completely, I would stop playing. Tablets are great, but I don't want to play slots on them.

    That said, I think mobile casinos are here to stay. Whether they account for a bigger chunk of the market share than desktop/laptop is open for debate.
  20. Oct 4, 2014
  21. orion

    orion Experienced Member PABnonaccred

    wine. We make it.
    deep south of Eu
    I am budgeting my money to play with, and also my TIME to play with.
    So that I took decision to NEVER play on mobile.
    This will help to keep me far away to addiction as well, IMHO.
  22. Oct 6, 2014
  23. smithielarry44

    smithielarry44 Dormant account webby

    Desktop is king

    So as I see desktop has still a long way to go...
    I also think that casinos have to improve their mobile apps for a better user experience and more incentives for mobile players. As far as I know very few of them have special bonuses for mobile players.

    When we're not in front of our PCs we still have our handsets connected to the internet so we're an available 'prey' even then, and I think big casinos will put more and more efforts into getting players to gamble while they're on the way to work or having a walk in the park and s.o.
    I expect to see in the future more user friendly casino apps with less bugs and better offers for mobile user.

    I still think mobile is a big pie and they will fight for a bigger piece of it!
    1 person likes this.
  24. Oct 6, 2014
  25. hoff1985

    hoff1985 Meister Member mm1

    IT Stuff :)
    on some point when flash is gone, everyone will be able tomplay all webbased casinos on a tablet or smartphone, thn only downloadable casinos will be different, sndnthhose are probably going to extinct as it's more expensive to maintain them for all operationg systems...

    but, as i see above, i still can't type on my ipad :)))
  26. Oct 6, 2014
  27. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor Staff Member CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred PABinit mm3 webmeister

    International Money Launderer
    the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
    I have perfected the art of mobile slots playing. I simply use my laptop, and view the fun through a pair of binoculars held the wrong way round to create that poxy 4-inch screen effect.:D
    4 people like this.
  28. Oct 6, 2014
  29. miso

    miso Meister Member MM

    It always surprises me when people tell me that they don't own desktop or a laptop. Seems tablets are all the rage these days.
    And casinos want people to play everywhere, hence almost all major brands offer mobile gaming.

    I'm definitely not a senseless slotaholic, but sometimes it's nice to have a few spins on mobile, like ehm, in a bath, or on holidays.
    But big screen is the real deal, plus Microgaming has higher min bet on mobile and Netent fixed max lines.

    Bottom line, I don't see desktop gaming going away anytime soon.
  30. Oct 6, 2014
  31. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

    Web Dev.
    I have played slots on a phone, tablet and desktop/laptop. On a phone, the screen is just too small for it to be fun. On a tablet, it's OK for short periods but you need two hands, there is often no auto-play and a lack of games choice. But it's acceptable for short periods.

    But you can't beat a laptop/desktop for a proper experience and I'd rather wait until I am comfortable to play on those devices than put up with the limitations on my iPad.

    I think mobile is brilliant for quick gambling like sports betting but when you have time on your hands you normally have access to a bigger screen, more games choice and a better experience. I can see a time when flexible (graphene) glass and better games will blur the boundaries but generally speaking if you are physically mobile you are time-limited anyway.
  32. Oct 6, 2014
  33. MaryJean

    MaryJean Senior Member MM

    Northern California
    First Experience

    I have been having my first experience with playing slots on my ipad.

    I find the graphics very nice and clear, the spin button easy to hit with one finger etc.

    The biggest down point is the sound. It is like a TV with the sound out of sequence.
    The voice just doesn't match the lips----

    It gets a little surprising when you have finished a spin and then the reel starts to hum.

    Other then that it is kind of fun for a little while.
    But it is much easier to make a deposit on the desktop than the ipad.

    Oh---and the loading of each game is like being on the old dial up internet. Each one takes its own little time to reload.

    Get around those and its nice to sit in the old easy chair with a lap robe and play your games.

  34. Oct 8, 2014
  35. Marit

    Marit Newbie member

    Barcelona, Spain, Spain
    I am a bit of a technology lover, so playing on my iPad and mobile phone is a pretty standard thing for me. Mostly cause I sit in front of the TV and play on my tablet to be honest!

    That said, desktop experience is still superior at the moment. Though NetEnt are pretty amazing at making their games look and feel the same on either.

    I think most people will start looking for casinos that can give you the two. Our phones are natural extensions of ourselves - and if you think about the amount of time people spend playing the likes of candy crush and angry birds, some of the mobile slots are miles ahead in terms of player enjoyment.

    This is coming from someone who has spent far too many hours playing candy crush and angry birds and slots... :eek2:

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