What will the future of gaming look like?
Video games have come a long way over the last few decades. While classics like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Super Mario might still be beloved, they’re no longer as popular as they once were. These classics have been replaced by games like Fortnite and Call of Duty, which feature incredible graphics, detailed storylines, and tons of excitement. Now, gamers are looking towards the future.
In a way, the future of video games is already here, thanks to recent improvements in the technology behind augmented and virtual reality. But it’s about to get a whole lot more exciting as VR tech and gadgets continue to improve. Below, we’ll look at some of the ways that the gaming industry is already taking advantage of the tech of the future, and where the future of gaming might be headed.
AR and VR in Video Games
The future of gaming definitely lies in augmented and virtual reality. VR gaming is, essentially, what video games have been trying to do all along — which is to allow gamers to escape into a virtual world — but far better, since you’re now virtually “transported” into that world. Expect VR gaming to more closely resemble the world of Ready Player One in the future with more life-like graphics and improved suits and gear to help you better experience your VR environment.
AR brings the excitement of video games to real life, allowing you to bring some of the magic of your favorite worlds — like Pokemon or Harry Potter — to your everyday world. In the future, AR gaming might be brought to you in the form of AR goggles to more seamlessly blend the real and the virtual. But developers are also experimenting with wearable devices, like wrist pulses that will allow you to feel the virtual world.
VR Casino Games
VR is also dramatically changing casino games, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in virtual worlds while playing your favorite games. Take for example PokerStars VR, which offers poker fans a new way to play the game. You’ll be inserted into a virtual world with other players from around the world where you can play poker, study your opponents, and even have fun at the table with food or props.
But this is only the beginning of casino VR games, and even PokerStars VR is still in its infancy. In the near future, we might be able to virtually travel to our favorite casinos worldwide, or even visit virtual casinos that “exist” on other planets where you can interact with aliens while playing your favorite games.
5G and Mobile Gaming
Mobile gaming is being heralded as the future of gaming now that mobile phones are getting more powerful every year. Plus, with upcoming 5G technology, mobile gaming will be much improved and able to function at high speeds without any lag. With a better connection and better phones, games will be able to be a lot more complex, so expect to see more VR and AR games for mobile phones in the near future.
For many people, mobile games are more accessible than PC or console games, whether due to price or simply because their phone is with them wherever they go. So, naturally, this will help VR and AR to further grow in popularity and infiltrate mainstream culture.
The Growing Popularity of eSports
ESports games are now becoming so popular that the industry is rivaling the real-life sports industry. This is especially true for younger generations, where more and more people are beginning to prefer sports video games to their real-life counterparts. Because of eSports’ popularity, universities are now offering eSports teams and even eSports majors. There are also global tournaments with million-dollar prize pools, gamers that earn a salary for playing eSports, and stadiums being constructed specifically for eSports competitions, among so much more.
This is all extremely promising for the eSports industry, and you can expect eSports to be taken even more seriously in the near future. It soon may truly rival real-life sports with more stadiums, national teams, widespread eSports betting, and Q and As with your favorite players. It might even become a staple of the Olympics.
With all of the above technology and changes, there’s no doubt that this is an exciting time for the world of gaming. The future might already be here, but there’s still a lot to look forward to.