The gaming industry is changing, and it's changing fast, writes Buddhika Jayasingha, an IT specialist at Future Fish.
At a recent press conference for Nintendo's latest console, the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo CEO, Tatsumi Kimishima, told reporters that ‘the whole concept of what we think of as a gaming platform is evolving’.
As we look at the history of gaming, we can see how far it's come. People played games with 8-bit graphics and only two colours only a few decades ago. Now, we have incredibly realistic graphics, a wide variety of genres, and millions of games to choose from.
If you've ever had the privilege of playing Myst Island on an Amiga 500 computer, then you know how far gaming has come in the past 30 years. The graphics were pixelated and blocky, and there was only one colour: blue. Today we have photo-realistic graphics that transport us into completely immersive environments, even if we're just racing around Mario Kart's Rainbow Road.
The next-gen is already here
The next generation of games is here, releasing the newest consoles, from the PS5 and Xbox Series X to the Oculus Quest 2. They're bringing into play factors that have been influencing every new generation of games: graphics, processing power, and online connectivity. This year is no different, except that all three are being revolutionised in unprecedented ways.
Graphics have always been a big part of what makes a console a generational leap. The PS3 brought us high-definition graphics; the PS4 Pro brought us 4K resolution. The PS5 will bring us ray tracing - a technology that has made its way into gaming from movie production, where it's used to create effects like glow and reflections in real-time. It means incredibly realistic lighting effects that give you more immersion than ever before.
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While consoles are still the primary place for many gamers to play, PCs have also made incredible strides in recent years. The hardware available for PCs has improved in leaps and bounds compared to previous generations of PCs - and there's a wide variety of software that takes advantage of those innovations to provide a top-notch gaming experience.
Powered by Nvidia's GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, the new Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition desktop and G15 AMD Ryzen Edition gaming laptop deliver a truly immersive experience, providing you with realistic graphics, lightning-fast refresh rates, and more.
What is the future of gaming?
As technology advances, we will see games become a completely immersive experience. Imagine fully encompassing make-believe worlds that you control with your mind and body. Advances in technology and the rapid growth of the esports gaming community will help shape the future of gaming.
Here are a few technologies that will help us get there:
Cloud gaming is one of the most exciting innovations in recent years. The idea of playing games that would typically require a high-powered, expensive gaming PC on any device is appealing, even if it's a bit of a pipe dream. Although the advertising for cloud gaming lands on the hyperbolic side of things, some of the claims are true.
With cloud gaming, you can play demanding games on devices that would otherwise be incapable of running them. You connect to the game via a server and stream it directly to your device. Instead of having to download or install anything, you can jump right into the action. Cloud gaming is also reasonably affordable compared to traditional methods.
These are some of the most significant cloud-gaming services:
Cloud gaming is changing the way we game and is shaping the future of gaming. Cloud gaming will also help reduce gaming costs for consumers, as games can be streamed rather than owned outright.
Augmented reality (AR)
AR is an exciting new dimension of gaming that allows you to enter a world where digital and physical objects coexist. It makes virtual objects appear in the real world, which means that instead of just using a controller, you can play with your environment. AR opens up many new possibilities for what games can be.
For example, you could turn your living room into a race track or visit other players in their homes without leaving yours! You could even create an AR game with your friends and play it together on your phones!
Gaming is constantly evolving, and AR will be part of its future.
Artificial intelligence is a rapidly-growing field that we believe will continue to impact the gaming industry.
The long-term goal of artificial intelligence research is to create technology capable of performing any task that a human can. With this technology, we can build games with hyper-realistic graphics and characters that respond in ways that make them seem almost human.
The recent advances in machine learning are already starting to allow games to adapt to their players. In the future, it's possible that games will be able to learn about their players and adjust the gameplay accordingly. For example, players who prefer action games may be given more action-oriented activities, while those who prefer strategic gameplay may be presented with more challenging puzzles.
The metaverse is an amalgamation of virtual worlds, and it offers a different kind of gaming experience that features platform-agnostic social experiences and a more open environment.
The metaverse will be part of the future of gaming because it's built to use new technologies like VR, AR, and mobile apps; it's suited for a world where gaming is less often done on one console or computer and more often done across platforms. The metaverse will also reflect our growing desire for online social interaction and for experiences that can incorporate our real-life friends into the games we play.
- Augmented reality - This is when you play a game that interacts with the real world around you, and it helps you to see the game overlaid onto the world as you know it.
- Artificial intelligence - This is where the game learns from how you play and adapts itself to make the experience better for you over time.
- Cloud gaming - This is where you can play games without worrying about low-end hardware bottlenecking your experience and it gives you the freedom to game wherever and whenever you wish.
- The metaverse - this is a digital universe created by many different people playing different games - all connected through a single network.
Games are not just games anymore. They are becoming an industry, and the community is growing tremendously. The growing esport community has a significant impact on the future of gaming.
A quick internet search shows that the esports business is booming: Newzoo, an analytics firm focused on gaming, expects the global esports market to grow 14.5 percent in 2022 and reach $1,084 million in revenue.
With a thriving gaming community and advanced technology, we can expect to see unique experiences in the future of gaming.