If you've got a first, second, or even 8GB third generation iPod touch, an O.G. iPhone or an iPhone 3G, it might be time to think about upgrading. Aside from missing out on a heck of a lot of cool games that require more recent hardware, quite a few developers seem to be dropping support of their older devices as Apple no longer provides iOS updates.

Freemium powerhouse ngmoco announced this afternoon that as of We Rule [Free] version 1.6, older devices will no longer be supported. Ngmoco, like many other developers who have made this decision to abandon older devices explains that in order to move the game forward they need to free themselves of the constraints of these older devices.

An interesting statistic comes out of this though, in that according to a blog post of theirs, only 5% of their player base actually uses these ancient devices. What do you do if you're in this 5% and you want to keep ruling over your game of We Rule? Well, even older iOS devices still fetch a decent amount of money on Craigslist and Ebay, and Apple offers refurbs on the cheap.

Alternatively, it might not be that bad of an idea to just wait until what the rumored September iPod/iPhone event has in store for us before upgrading. Like most yearly iterations, the 5th generation iPod touch likely will cost just as much as the current 4th generation iPod touch does now. Otherwise, if you're still one of the people who is playing We Rule, hold off on updating if you're still on older hardware.

  • Anonymous

    problem is, 5% of 200 million is still 10 million people.

    • http://twitter.com/robertsammons Rob Sammons

      they don't have that many players though and I think the total of the iOS devices mentioned is more like 30 million - 40 

  • Jenny

    I have an ipod touch 32gb 3rd gen and its not leaving. I hate this culture of designed obsolescence. I don't plan to get rid of my good ipod just because apple makes nice shiny things every single year. I guess I won't be playing We Rule.

    • http://twitter.com/robertsammons Rob Sammons

      your iPod will probably be fine for another year or two, it'll most likely get iOS 6

    • Anonymous

      I hate that I have the latest and greatest and game designers can't build stuff that takes advantage of it for fear of alienating the five people who don't upgrade as incessantly as I do.  

      You win some you lose some.

    • guest

      Welcome to the world of technology.Thing move fast here.Moving with it is optional though,If those 8 tracks sound OK keep listening to them.

      • Macaroon

        I think it's only since we have entered into the digital era that this trend of fast track to obsolete has been the case, and to some degree I agree with Jenny above that it is at a point with Apple that is borderline silly.

      • Yarn

        Apple is in the mobile business now. Mobile phone hardware cycles are 6 months, not years like consoles and traditional handhelds. This is not new, and Apple certainly didn't invent it...they have to keep up just like very other handset manufacturer. Look at how quickly new Android and Blackberry models come out, in addition to the fact that there are exponentially more hardware specs to sift through.

  • Art Vandelay

     I feel ultra-lucky that my first iPhone is a 3GS.  It seems like all of the devices just before that are now as obsolete as a Commodore 64.

  • malkomkornfield

    I got an iTouch 4 for my birthday this year... guess I'll be staying with it for a while. I almost wish I'd waited... oh well, too late now!

  • http://twitter.com/inzyster Tommy

    The cherry on top is that Apple is no longer authorising 3.x iOS restores. There is now no way for anyone to have iOS 3.1.3 or older set up on their device unless it's already there.

  • Gary

    I think the "5%" number is way, way off and I wouldn't be surprised at all if they're only counting iphones. How would you tell how many ipod touches are out there, after all? Most of which being used casually just to play music and video? I think a lot of people on this site forget that as successful iOS is as a gaming platform, the majority of owners use them primarily as phones and media players. 
    That said, people still using older ipod touches for the most part, probably aren't gamers (at least beyond Angry Birds) and aren't going to buy IAP games from Ngmco so I understand why game companies would cut them off. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

    Why do i have the Feeling that the iOS Community already did drop Ngmoco a long Time ago? 

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Not sure. Ngmoco has been doing fantastic as a company.

    • Art Vandelay

      They may be raking in the bucks, but it's pretty easy to understand why most even semi-serious gamers would ignore their freemium crap.

  • Blueknight1st

    While I agree with the reason why Ngmoco is doing this, I still wonder why. It's not like their games are very technologically advanced like say Dead Space or Infinity Blade.

    • http://twitter.com/nmz502 nmz502

      We Rule *always* crashed my ipod which is why I deleted it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Hopper/1238691947 Paul Hopper

    Ahh shiney, older devices are gone. Now increase the damn size of the realms ngmoco:(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Hopper/1238691947 Paul Hopper

    Ahh shiney, older devices are gone. Now increase the damn size of the realms ngmoco:(

  • Adams Immersive

    I like that SOME games leap forward quickly, and SOME games have long legacy support. May that mix continue!

    Question: I know if you try to get an app update (or even have already dowloaded it on your Mac/PC), and your OS is too old to support the update, it will harmlessly give a warning message and you’ll get to keep the old version on your device. Works great. (Although you could be in trouble if you ever need to install fresh.) Same as if you have a big update and don’t currently have the space to install it. The old version keeps on working.

    Is it the same way if your OS is fine, but the device generation isn’t supported? Or does the installer not understand that factor? In other words, if one of my iPhone 3G games gets an update that needs a 3GS, and I download the update on my Mac, will it be smart enough not to install it when I synch the 3G?

    (I only keep my old 3G as a spare iPod/GPS, and for some multiplayer games with my other iOS devices. Still, I’m curious whether this kind of limitation is handled as painlessly as OS version requirements.)

  • Anonymous

    Didnt you guiz know that there may not be an ipod touch 5 at all? http://money.cnn.com/2011/07/29/technology/apple_ipod_sales/index.htm

  • RaouTasa.

    Oh well, i'll just play Real Racing 2 instead, it still supports my 8gb iTouch 1st gen even though Firemint are constantly doing updates to take push the limits of the new hardware.

  • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

    I read it but of all the iPods out there, the iPod touch is both the best choice and the most redundant. Despite the fact it's an iPhone without the phone, it is also the cheapest modern gaming alternative between OSes (android and iOS for the moment). I wouldn't buy an unlocked iPhone but I'd definitely go for the iPod touch, despite the lousy screen od camera.