Whether traveling for business or for pleasure, long flights are dreaded by most travelers. Thankfully, advances in mobile gaming have taken the boredom and discomfort out of flights that would otherwise seem never-ending. But what are the best ways to optimize your gaming experience while on long flights? Here’s a look:
Mobile gaming has seen a renaissance in the last few years. Tablets and smartphones have gotten faster, screens have gotten larger, graphics have improved and more immersive games have been developed. So what are the best smartphones for gamers? For starters, the LG G5 has a 5.3″ IPS Quantum QHD display, which makes images pop off the screen. It also has 2.2 GHz of core processing power and up to 2TB of expandable memory, so that you can take all your favorite games with you, no matter where you go. Of course, a lofty competitor is the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. With a 5.5″ screen, a whopping 4GB of RAM and a long battery life, this is a wonderful smartphone for gamers. However, its lack of expandable memory is worrisome if you want to keep a variety of games on your device.
Games For Gamers
Hardcore gamers will appreciate the expanded content and quality of mobiles games that have cropped up in the last couple of years. Need For Speed: Most Wanted, lets you race your favorite cars, rendered in spectacular graphics, against police who are out to get you. Dead Space is great for gamers who enjoy the science fiction and horror genres; it blends third-person shooter gameplay with top-tier graphics for an immersive experience. For sports lovers, FIFA Soccer and Madden Football always have updated and relevant mobile versions. If you’re more of a retro gamer, you can also get Baldur’s Gate I & II Enhanced Editions on your tablet of choice.
While gaming is a lot of fun, it’s best to keep your favorite past time to yourself while on a flight. Of course, the music and sounds of the games you play make them more immersive; that’s why a top-tier set of headphones is essential. For example, Steelseries Arctic Series are full headphones with noise canceling and wireless capabilities. A more pricey option is the Blue Lola, which has noise isolation and a memorable, sleek look.
Mobile gaming has become such a huge market that heavyweight video game contender Nintendo has decided to enter the fray. In March 2017, Nintendo will launch the Switch, a mobile console geared toward mobile gaming for hardcore gamers. With titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wind and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim already announced, the Nintendo Switch hopes to cash in on a more immersive mobile gaming experience. Revamped favorites will take the stage as well, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
The Nintendo Switch is a tablet that comes with two detachable controllers. So while on the airplane, you can battle or race the person in the seat next to you, if they’re game. The release date for this new mobile console is still some months away, but keep an eye out for it.