As we peer into the looking glass for signs of the future of computer gaming, there are a few points of immediate clarity and other items perhaps more futuristic. There are some things they nearly every gamer wants to experience, while other dreams and realities loom on the horizon yet unrealized.
Let’s take a look at what might soon be a viable option. Here’s our best guesses at the future of the computer gaming industry:
Virtual Reality Simulators
No matter the platform, nearly every game publisher out there wants to be part of the first wave of virtual reality simulators. For example, we’ve all been waiting for our own hoverboards and simulated reality suits! What game maker wouldn’t want to be part of this long-awaited advance in technology?
The most obvious development is the Oculus Rift head gear. Now owned by Facebook, it will be interesting to see how the relationship of online computer games develops in concordance with virtual technology.
Other game makers have found different ways to bridge the gap between physical play and virtual play. Of course, Wii did this well with their sports and dance games. Although somewhat minimal, the Wii stick admittedly adds a physical element to an otherwise flat screened fixation. Computer games have had less dramatic influences, so far.
On a related note, 3D games are a by-product of the ongoing desire to produce realistic results in visual graphics. Many computer games are currently offered in 3D for users who enjoy that realm.
Recently, children’s toymaker are beginning to find ways to incorporate mobile app games to their products. Seeking ways to encourage traditional play indoors or outdoors, while still incorporating technology can result in hybrid games.
Take the AppFX race car toy, for example. This is a fairly straightforward child’s toy made of plastic. It’s a car with turning wheels, but dually offers a slot in the back to insert an iPhone or iPod. With the addition of the electronic device, a mobile app made specifically for this toy can be displayed. Then, children can choose what style of play they prefer in the mobile app. This particular app offers 3 choices — analyzing performance of the physical car toy during traditional play, joining in an interactive game with other FX car owners, or playing a simulated racing game using their toy as part of the experience.
This sort of hybrid technology isn’t the typical virtual reality experience many of us think of, but it is certainly one of the most real developments in the field. Are there ways to make hybrid computer games work with physical toys or elements? Yes, there must be, but let’s see who takes the reigns to make it a big push for the masses.
Cloud gaming is certainly still in its early days, but the possibilities could expand the industry to new soaring heights. Remote storage of games, data, and more could soon have a bigger impact on the gaming industry at large.
Cloud technology is a powerful new way to store and access data, however there may soon be additional scope for its capabilities. Imagine a cloud based gaming console, where users just log on from any device to continue game play via remote hardware. This mind-blowing side to cloud gaming has not yet been extensively developed, but we suspect it may soon be the newest “thing” in gaming.
Users of a cloud console would no longer need to upgrade systems or invest in new technology. The cloud gaming provider would invest in some type of super processor to allow multiple users to access the hardware at once, thereby reducing electronic waste and simplifying the gamer’s personal organizational needs. This has the potential of converting traditional console-lovers to avid computer game players if done well.
What new advances in computer gaming do you see coming soon in the future? Share your thoughts here!
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