DS And PSP Losing Ground To Phones

Nintendo's DS and Sony's PSP handheld gaming devices are succumbing to the rising popularity of mobile gaming, a market research firm has revealed.

According to a report released by research firm Interpret, the number of people playing games on their mobile phone handsets has significantly increased, while the DS and PSP has seen a worrying drop in popularity.

In Interpret's New Media Measure report, there has been a 53.2 per cent rise in the number of people playing games on mobile phones, while the PSP and DS have suffered a 13 per cent drop in use.

Courtney Johnson, Manager of Research and Analysis at Interpret, said in a statement: “The proliferation of highly multifunctional smartphones and messaging phones is a very real threat to the dominance by the DS and PSP of the handheld gaming market.”

Johnson added that: "Devices which satisfy a variety of entertainment and utility are fast outstripping single-function devices as consumer favourites."