It almost goes without saying that there are a lot of great tablets for gaming on the market today. Devices like the Apple iPad Pro, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, the Microsoft Surface Book 3, and others provide incredible picture quality, reliable high-speed performance, and enough power and memory to handle sophisticated games. And yet, many consumers still don’t look at tablets as everyday gaming options.
This is understandable because, by comparison to other popular gaming options like consoles and PCs, smart tablets are still quite new. Even smartphones never felt quite as new, because they more closely resemble the handheld gaming devices so many people grew up with. But the truth of the matter is that tablets like those listed above have become every bit as effective and impressive as consoles and PCs — at least with regard to certain types of gaming.
These types of games in particular showcase the best of tablet capability, and make high-end tablets worth considering for gamers.
1 – Steam Games
Steam is a platform most closely associated with PC gaming. For those who may not have come across it before, it is essentially a massive online marketplace for game streaming and downloads. Players can make accounts and browse through a selection of games ranging from decades-old retro titles (some of which are free) to brand new console and PC experiences. The platform essentially brings a world of gaming onto a computer screen. And back in 2018, the Steam Link app was announced as a means of accessing Steam content on mobile devices. This essentially means that now, via Steam, people can use their tablets to access that same massive marketplace of games.
2 – Casino Arcades
Online casino arcades are more popular than ever before, and it’s largely thanks to the fact that many of the games have come to more closely resemble modern apps, arcades, and even console games. This isn’t always something that shines through at just any slot arcade, nor at sites that focus more on table games. But the future of online casinos is beginning to become apparent and looks much more impressive. Showcasing one of the biggest selections of games online, as well as a specific focus on the newest and best titles (including the likes of Starburst, Djinn Of Storms, and Monopoly Electric Wins), the Foxy Games platform provides us with a glimpse of this future.
This site prioritizes high-quality games in tremendous variety, all with gorgeous graphics and many with lively animations as well. It’s a vision of modern casino arcades that’s ahead of its time, but which is also utterly ideal for tablet gamers. If Foxy’s casino offerings look and feel advanced on their own, they’re only enhanced further by a high-end tablet. They’re also liable to spark a trend that will make casino gaming more broadly a consistent fit for tablets.
3 – Mobile Apps
This is the category that essentially speaks for itself. While most still think of smartphones first when they think about app gaming, the same games can be played on tablets. In fact, they’re often more satisfying on a bigger screen, particularly for those who use Bluetooth controllers to turn mobile games into something more closely resembling a console experience. For some, mobile gaming markets alone have turned tablets into desirable gaming devices. And it’s also worth noting that these markets are still evolving at a remarkable pace. There are new games uploaded to major app stores each and every day, and while hits like Minecraft, Monument Valley, and so on will always be the headliners, there’s no telling when a great new game might emerge. There is really no medium that can match mobile gaming for variety or potential.
4 – Mobile Arcades
Finally, there are also mobile arcades to consider. By this, we’re referring to platforms like Google Stadia and Apple Arcade. Google Stadia is not at the moment as easy to access on certain tablets, and naturally, Apple Arcade is limited to iOS devices. But the range of games that are exclusively available through these programs is considerable at this point. Just recently, CNET wrote up a list of available games in Apple Arcade, and presented dozens of titles — from Lego Brawls to The Pathless, and more — that are every bit as interesting as high-end mobile games. As these kinds of company- and device-specific arcades continue to expand, they figure to provide even more value for tablet gamers.
While none of these types of gaming are exclusive to tablets, they all help to demonstrate the increasing value of tablet devices for gamers. With a single high-performance device, gamers can stream old online games and new console titles, access the latest in casino slot arcades, download countless mobile apps, and enjoy emerging mobile arcade services. That kind of variety, coupled with the different gameplay options (touchscreen or Bluetooth controller) makes modern tablets incredibly worthwhile for gamers.