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LG: Dedicated gaming handhelds are 'over'

Update: PS Vita, 3DS can't match mobile devices, according to electronics firm

South Korean technology giant LG has poured doubt on PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS's chances, claiming that the era of dedicated handheld gaming is "over".

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The firm this morning announced its arrival into the handheld gaming market with the launch of the LG Optimus

3D in Korea, which boasts 17 Stereoscopic 3D titles from leading mobile dev Gameloft. The glasses-free device is winning rave reviews from tech sites.

"The era of dedicated handheld gaming platform is over," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.

"Today's smartphones have the horsepower to compete with the best portable gaming devices and LG Optimus 3D is our proof. We think 3D is the natural next step in portable entertainment and LG is eager to throw its hat in the ring with the Optimus 3D and Gameloft's 'must-be-seen-to-be-believed' titles."

[UPDATE: Oddly, in an updated release, LG removed Dr. Jong-seok Park's above statement. It was replaced with: "Today's smartphones have the horsepower to compete with the best portable gaming devices and LG Optimus 3D is our proof."]

The new handset comes pre-installed with three of Gameloft's 3D titles - Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, N.O.V.A. and Let's Golf! 2. Fourteen additional 3D titles will be available for download from the studio on the LG Optimus 3D for half price over the next three months. These include Assassin's Creed: Alta´r's Chronicles, James Cameron's Avatar, Shrek Kart, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Real Football 2011, Star Battalion, N.O.V.A. 2 and Shadow Guardian.

The most recent data shows iOS and Android devices capturing a growing part of the portable gaming market by revenue," said Michel Guillemot, President of Gameloft. "With the next generation of smartphones offering 3D capabilities, the bar has been raised to a new height. On the Optimus 3D, we're able to offer our most popular titles to an entirely new audience at very competitive price points."

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