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Mobile Gaming UX: How Haptic Feedback Can Change the Game

There were 3.6 billion users worldwide in 2020 (Statista). Smartphone gaming revenue was estimated at over 63 billion U.S. dollars worldwide in 2020 (Statista). — Number of smartphone users worldwide from 2016 to 2023

A new report from DFC Intelligence also shows that over 3 billion people play video games today and that the vast majority play mobile games. And because there are more and more players, they become more and more demanding regarding their user experience.

Haptics technology is already embedded in the majority of smartphone hardware. However, it has not been leveraged to its full potential. Haptic feedback plays a very important role in the UX for mobile.

What is Haptics and how it can bring value?

People are not connected to a product but to how it feels in their hands, and the perceptions they get from it. Haptic feedback is there to enhance the user experience, and complement it, paired with visual and audio elements. It is a way to convey information to the user. A good example of that is the vibration you get when you press a button on your screen, and you get a form of vibrational return. It confirms that the click has been correctly made.

Indeed, the more precise and complex the haptic feedback, the better the user experience. A clever mixture between patterns, time intervals, and intensities can also bring emotions. Any UX designer knows that empathy is crucial when it comes to providing the best experience possible.

Your mobile gaming user experience can be dramatically improved by designing high-quality haptic feedback. Using haptic feedback in your mobile gaming applications allows you to convey information directly to the player, through the sense of touch. For example, when you are playing a tile-matching game, you can feel vibrations every time you swipe to make a combo. And this will soon be possible with the release of Interhaptics for Mobile!

Interhaptics, your tool to create haptics on iOS & Android

Interhaptics is a software company specializing in Haptics. Interhaptics provides hand interactions and haptics feedback development and deployment tools for extended reality and mobile applications. The mission for Interhaptics is to enable the growth of a scalable haptics ecosystem. Interhaptics strives to deliver top-notch development tools for the XR, mobile, and console developer community, and the interoperability of haptics-enabled content across any haptics-enabled platform.

The launch of Interhaptics for mobile will gather the majority of the Interhaptics key features, but for mobile, including haptic feedback design and haptic rendering. It supports both Android and iOS. It will allow mobile gaming developers to deploy haptics feedback cross-platform from only one application.

We cannot wait to see all your amazing haptics design projects created with Interhaptics for mobile. If you would like to collaborate with Interhaptics click here , you can contact us directly here.

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