7 Exciting Tech Trends to Know in Gaming
After being kept away from friends and family, many people turned to gaming as a form of entertainment and connection during the lockdowns. This has led to an undeniable gaming boom, and its impact is likely to be felt for years to come.
In fact, the unprecedented rise in demand has led to a 20% increase in revenue, meaning that gaming was worth more than the global film industry in 2020. And with the release of next-generation gaming consoles, like those for the PlayStation, Xbox, and even the Nintendo Switch, analysts don’t see this growth slowing down in 2021.
Consequently, the gaming industry is more competitive than ever, and the pressure is on for manufacturers and developers alike to keep consumers wanting more. The results are nothing less than impressive. Here are 7 exciting trends we can now look forward to.
With early-access gaming, players can get involved with the game development process from the very beginning. For instance, with Google Play, mobile game developers can open beta-testing to consumers. This way, developers can improve games before their official release, and players feel more invested in the game, as well.
Mobile gaming ahead of PC and consoles
Speaking of mobile games, this exceedingly lucrative market continues to outpace its PC and console counterparts. Thanks to its high portability and accessibility, mobile games already have strong selling points, but newer innovations keep on coming, which just ensures that it stays well ahead of the competition.
Voice and facial recognition technology, for example, are being utilised more often, making games like LEGO: DUPLO Stories increasingly immersive. And with the rise of 5G, games are running faster and are more accessible than ever.
Cloud-based gaming redefining online gaming
With 5G, we also get flawless cloud-based gaming. We already know about the benefits of the cloud: As previously discussed here on FitNTip, cloud-based productivity apps like DropBox and Google Drive help you work wherever you are without fuss.
Cloud-based gaming aims to do that, too, providing the full gaming experience on just your Internet connection. It also means you can play exactly what you want, without having to buy expensive hardware.
Blockchain technology expanding to new markets
If faster and more accessible gaming isn’t exciting enough, blockchain is making gaming safer, as well. The technology driving the growth of cryptocurrencies can provide anonymity and security to gamers, and some games even use crypto itself. Splinterlands, for instance, deals in collectible trading cards and runs on the HIVE (formerly Steem) blockchain.
Virtual reality (VR) in Online Casinos
Today, virtual reality (VR) headsets are now wireless, more functional, and less awkward. They also come with various accessories, like sensors and wireless joysticks, to provide a fully immersive experience. But, most interestingly, VR now allows gamers to experience classic games in new ways.
Take Poker VR, for example, a free multiplayer game available on the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR. Of course, the rules of poker have stayed the same over time, whether you’re playing Texas Hold’em or Omaha. But the technology lets you replicate the human components of the game, such as observing your opponents’ tells, even remotely, giving you a fuller and more authentic experience.
Growing eSports industry
Consequently, with better cloud-based and VR technology, eSports tournaments can go all-out like never before. More portable equipment means further integration between physical and video games, and 5G lets more people participate in tournaments, regardless of their location. And in the UK it’s popularity is growing fast, with the country almost having an 8% share of this ballooning global market.
Social gaming on the rise
Most importantly, games are expected to continue playing the role that caused the gaming boom in the first place — by acting as a way for people to connect with one another. More games are making it possible for people to meet, chat, and form teams to accomplish in-game objectives. These features also give players the opportunity to conduct real-life events in-game. Some people have even used Animal Crossing as their wedding venue! Indeed, despite the pandemic, technology has proven its worth in bringing distanced people closer together.