New Portrait Mode from Genesis Gaming
Genesis Gaming has launched several of its online slots in portrait mode, making one-handed gameplay from smartphones more comfortable.
As mobile gaming becomes increasingly popular among online casino players, it is important for developers to create innovative solutions that cater to smartphone interfaces. With its new portrait mode, Genesis Gaming does exactly that. You can now play your favourite slots from this developer using just one hand on your smartphone.
Mobile Device Use
According to recent studies, the majority of smartphone users prefer to use their phone one-handed. A study by mobile expert Steve Hoober interviewed 1333 people, and found that they used their phone in the following ways:
- One handed: 49%
- Cradled: 36%
- Two handed: 15%
There is also a specific “thumb zone”, where it is most comfortable for users to place their thumbs on the screen of their smartphones while using apps and playing games. More and more app developers are taking note of this information and designing their software to suit the way that smartphones users are most comfortable using their devices.
Genesis Gaming’s Approach
The new portrait mode for online slots features a small window at the top of the screen in which the actual set of reels is. The play, autoplay and settings buttons are laid out across the bottom of the screen (in the thumb zone). This means that the buttons don’t interfere with the actual graphics of the slot, so you’re never missing out on any gameplay details.
Since online slots are usually designed to take up landscape-orientated screens, creating portrait-optimised gameplay is quite a difficult task. Still, Genesis Gaming is successful in its execution which offers players the ability to play their favourite games efficiently with one hand.
A New Trend for Online Slots?
Earlier this year, Yggdrasil Gaming launched its Power Plant online slot. It was a first of its kind game that was designed in portrait mode. A match-style game, Power Plant stretches out over the entirety of portrait-orientated screens with buttons along the button to ensure a comfortable gaming experience for players who prefer to use their phones that way.
This could be a new era for the mobile gaming market, as more slots developers hop on board this trend. Mobile phone users certainly prefer to hold their phones in a particular way, and we could see more designers catering to this in the future.