The rapid pace of change in technology has disrupted and improved many sectors in recent years, and the same applies to the gaming industry. As the pace of innovation increases, internet speeds have also improved, hardware and software has become smaller and faster, while at the same time cloud computing now offers more storage and possibilities for developers. With that in mind, here are 5 technology trends that are changing the gaming industry:
1. Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is a technology that has been around since the early days of gaming, but modern computing power means that it is now possible to achieve life-like simulations in video games. Most games these days are complex pieces of work and come with cutting edge AI simulations that allow gamers to compete against the computer or friends in worlds or environments that look extremely realistic.
2. Virtual Reality
The rapid changes in technology and the improvement in hardware capabilities have meant that many companies are now seriously pursuing Virtual Reality (VR) technology again. From the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift to Sony’s upcoming PlayStation VR headset, the possibilities of the immersive gaming brought about by VR are set to benefit the industry including casual games, triple A titles, and even online gambling. Imagine taking on opponents in a realistic war game, or virtually taking part at a table in the Royal Vegas online casino. While there are also many other possibilities for the use of virtual reality, such as education, or travel, the main focus so far has been on gaming.
3. E-Sports and Fantasy Games
Another area of gaming that has grown exponentially is that of E-sports and Fantasy games. Arena or online-based tournaments where individual gamers or teams take on opponents now draw large numbers of spectators and viewers, particularly in Asia. In addition to competitive gaming, the fantasy games niche also continues to grow despite regulatory and legal challenges.
4. Cloud Technology
The advent of Cloud technology has been a boon for not only gaming, but for many other industries as well. The technology offers far more electronic storage space than was ever possible, making access to information faster and easier. With cloud computing it has become possible to create huge worlds and environments that also support thousands of gamers playing at the same time, while providing easier access through streaming, downloads, and instant updates.
5. Augmented Reality
In a similar way to virtual reality, Augmented Reality (AR) is set to completely revolutionise the gaming industry. While a number of companies are working on VR, Microsoft is one of the few companies to focus on augmented reality with its Hololens headset. AR provides an overlay of additional data in real time to your physical surroundings and this opens up many possibilities in relation to how gamers will interact with video games in the future.
The five technology trends above are some of the main factors that have created the perfect conditions for innovation in video games and each one is set to impact the gaming industry in a big way. From casual gamers to hardcore video game enthusiasts, chances are we’ll all be using these technologies in the near future.