The steady development of technology has provided a multitude of new platforms for our entertainment over time. When it comes to gaming, and especially casino games, there are two major ways that games that are currently distributed and played.
An app, short for “application”, is a word often associated with downloaded mobile apps, as it became popularised during the time that mobile technology was first becoming established.
However, it can generally mean any software installed on any hardware, such as PCs or mobile devices, that allows one to play games, as well as operate, or provide, all the devices various functionalities and services.
So, in short and simple terms, apps, applications, software, and programs, are essentially all the same thing, and app-based games are generally the standard, average type of game software we have so far always utilised on our PCs, phones, and tablets.
The web browser of a PC or mobile device is, itself, an application, and up till now, we have most commonly used it for things like viewing websites, streaming videos, browsing the internet, and so forth.
Browser games, played solely through the web browser, have existed for quite some time. However, only over the past decade or so have they reached an acceptable quality to be able to compete with the app market. This has been largely thanks to the development of more powerful and functional devices, browser apps, and web programming languages like HTML5.
Advantages and Disadvantages
A good way of understanding the major differences between app and browser-based games, is to look at the current advantages and disadvantages that each have over one another.
The advantages of app-based games are:
- Generally greater complexity, quality, and functionality
- The possibility of playing offline
- The ability to utilise various device features to improve games.
The disadvantages of app-based games are:
- They must be downloaded and installed to the device by the user.
- They can potentially take up a lot of storage space on a device.
- Potentially longer loading times.
- Apps often require constant updates to remain streamlined and functional.
The advantages of browser-based games are:
- No downloading or installation of games is required by the user.
- Takes up far less storage space on a device.
- Quick and easy access and sign up through the browser.
- Game updates are universally implemented without hassling users or requiring extra downloading.
The disadvantages of browser-based games are:
- They are usually of lesser complexity, quality, and functionality.
- Can only be played while online.
- Internet issues will likely cause difficulties with the game.
Most devices these days, whether PC or mobile, and provided they are reasonably up to date with current tech, are capable of supporting both app and browser-based game with ease. Both methods clearly have their own specific and inherent benefits and advantages. Therefore, one would need to weigh it all in accordance with personal preference, availability, expense, as well as the device in use. Perhaps in the end though, the best thing is to just try them both and see for yourself.