Technology evolves at rapid speed. If you need any real proof of the advancement of digital technology over the years, take a quick look at the gaming industry. From the very early years of black-and-white 2D games like Pong of 1972 to the first 3D game, 3D Monster Maze of 1981 to complex, life-like shooters like Battlefield 3 (2011), there’s no doubt that the gaming industry has seen its fair share of technological evolution.
This year’s annual game developer conference which was held in Brighton was especially focused on virtual reality. The subject matter of this huge conference covers one-man studios to giant developers, business managers to graphic artists targeting to highlight current trends. Last year, the focus was totally on social media, spectator-ship but VR dominates entirely this year. As Brighton’s conference, we have listed down few trends of current gaming industry which are changing the world of games.
VR and AR have really taken off. Virtual reality (VR) has started to reappear in the gaming industry. Virtual Reality specifies the high-end user interface that involves real-time simulation and interactions through multiple sensorial channels. It has slowly started integrating with gaming. This little head mounted display will make a difference in how VR integrates with gaming. Imagine being able to play cricket in a stadium, instead of just watching it from a 2D isometric or top down view. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are already getting investments from companies, but it may take a while before the gaming audience embraces these technologies. For instance, Samsung and HTC are banking on VR, but pricing may discourage gamers to use it. Though the market is still narrow, according to Venture Beat, 234 VR companies have raised over $3.8 billion in funding.
On other hand, seeing your actual physical environment, in Augmented Reality you will be fed with additional information or data overlay, digitally, in real-time. One good example of AR in action will be the mobile app, Wikitude. Holding up your smart phone and pointing towards your surroundings, the screen reveals nearby ATMs, restaurants, hotels, etc for your navigation. The recent popular game, Pokemon Go was also an AR-based game.
With more reliable and faster internet connections, the technology of cloud computing has begun to gain some momentum. Will Wright embraces the idea of cloud gaming as a crucial part of the future of the industry. For one thing, the gaming industry sees it as an opportunity to make games as easy to access as music and movies. With Cloud Gaming, we need not wait forever to get updates to high-quality games. It’s all in the cloud and all we have to do is connect to it with a stable internet connection and play to our heart’s content. Games will also be cheaper and more easily accessible via computers and even tablets.
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