Gaming is without a doubt one of the most popular sources of entertainment with more than 2.5 billion gamers worldwide. As technology advances, so will the quality of video games and how we play them. So what does the future of gaming look like?
One of the main changes in gaming is as technology evolves, as will how powerful gaming consoles will be. As a result of this, loading times on games will shorten and graphics will improve. In the not-so-distant future there will be video games that are indistinguishable from real-life. There will not only be traditional gaming consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation, but Virtual Reality headsets and games compatible with Augmented Reality that will be played wearing a pair of glasses or even smart lenses.
At the moment, Virtual Reality is still in its infancy but it has the potential to become a lot more. Current hardware just includes a user wearing a headset and using a controller to move in-game.However, the end goal for Virtual Reality companies such as Oculus, will be a fully immersive experience that puts the player directly into the game.
As exciting as the whole Virtual Reality movement may seem, future hardware will likely need a range of ethical and usage guidelines. There is a very real risk of people staying in a virtual reality for too long and suffering physical consequences, or struggling to differentiate between virtual and physical realities. As depicted in the film Ready Player One, which is definitely worth a watch.
As the popularity of gaming increases worldwide, so has the competitive gaming scene which is known as eSports. It is a billion dollar industry with hundreds of millions of viewers annually. eSports is unquestionably going to see an increase in popularity over the next couple of years and there are a number of factors that will drive the growth that include diversity of game genres, geographic expansion of leagues, regulation of competitions, ownership of media rights and alignment of traditional and digital media.
It is likely that in the next couple of years, you will not buy individual games but there will be subscription-type services for games using a Netflix-type model.
The future of gaming is definitely an interesting one and I will be keeping a close eye on new innovations related to the industry. The potential is limitless, especially with the predicted advancements in technology. It is likely that gaming in 100 years will be completely incomprehensible to us now.