For as long as mobile and computer technology has existed, there have been games available on each platform. However, over the last ten years it has become increasingly clear that most differences separating the two platforms are swiftly disappearing, making it harder than ever to decide whether you want to play your game of choice on your smartphone or desktop.

Today, we thought we’d focus on online games from MMOs to casino titles and outline some of the disparities between platforms to help you decide which will be best for you.

Screen Sizes

Mobile screens are typically just four to six diagonal inches, meaning that they can only display a certain amount of information at any one time. This is particularly noticeable if you browse the internet on your mobile as information is often lost “below the fold”. Meanwhile, you can now get desktop monitors of any size. Some brands like Samsung are even releasing curved monitors to ensure users get the most immersive experience while gaming.

However, just because mobiles have smaller screens it doesn’t necessarily mean that the picture resolution is worse than a desktop computer or a laptop. The iPhone X, for example, offers a resolution of 2436×1125 pixels which is on par with most standard laptops. Even most LCD desktop monitors only go up to 2560×1600, though with the introduction of 4K monitors smartphones still have some catching up to do.

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Plus, no matter how good the graphics may be on a smartphone, it’s difficult to overlook the chance of critical gaming info being cut off below the fold. Some gaming sites have worked to stop this happening, particularly in the iGaming industry. You can quite easily play online poker on your mobile browser or desktop and have a similarly good experience. This is especially true for sites that have taken it a step further such as Redbet who offer the option to play in your browser or download a specialised program. Alas, other gaming genres are still a little behind and if you’re a big MMO or RPG fan, chances are, you’re not going to have a good time playing on your mobile web browser. Stick with apps for now and play online on your desktop.

Winner: Desktop

Processing Speed

Right now, smartphones simply cannot compete with desktops when it comes to processor power, due to the fact it would cost both cash and battery life. Compared to desktops, mobiles take longer to render pages, especially if they include CSS or JavaScript. If you’re planning on playing online games such as MMOs or RPGs through a web browser, we’d have to recommend you stick to your computer.

Winner: Desktop


Mobile doesn’t lose out in every way, however, with one reason being that they provide touch input. Most desktops still require a mouse or trackpad to be controlled, while mobile games use nuanced, easy gestures, don’t include any hover events and there’s basically no learning curve. Though many gaming apps are still working out the kinks on the mobile platform, there’s no doubt that the touch input adds more depth to the gaming experience. This is especially true when it comes to titles such as Bubble Witch, Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, as well as in newer iGaming apps.

Occasionally, touch input can lead to less precision when compared to mouse or trackpad input, but as mobile developers continue to improve the tech, we can’t see mobile being beaten on controls.

Winner: Mobile

Like consoles, desktops are usually stationary. This is all well and good if you’re happy to play games while you’re at home, but most gamers these days want to take their games with them wherever they go. This is why smartphones win out on portability; you can take your games with you regardless of where you are and continue playing to your heart’s content. Meanwhile, the desktop remains at home, just waiting for your return.

Winner: Mobile

There are, of course, a number of other differences when it comes to mobile and desktop platforms, including bandwidth, keyboards and specific software support. However, whether you prefer smartphone or desktop MMOs, RPGs, poker and puzzles is entirely a personal choice. Let us know which one you prefer in the comments below.


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