Whenever it comes to many of the technological trends that are having an effect on our lives, the global video game industry, which is currently valued at $90 billion, is frequently one of the first places where many folks get to see them in action.
Video games have come a long way since the primitive and rough sprites that most of us enjoyed as children, and today’s gamers are accustomed to exploring realistic-looking worlds and interacting in real-time with hundreds or even thousands of other players. The games developers’ infrastructure includes super-powered computers, ultra-fast 5G, and cloud networking.
Virtual Reality (VR)
VR was fully embraced by gamers long before becoming popular among real estate agents, doctors, and the military. In particular, the last five years have seen a gradual increase in VR gaming adoption, with an increasing number of high-profile franchises such as Grand Theft Auto, World of Warcraft, and Doom becoming accessible via headset technologies. Augmented reality (AR), which has yet to see a truly successful mainstream gaming execution since Pokemon Go six years ago, is poised to provide some of the most thrilling gaming experiences in the upcoming years.
Consumer headsets, such as the Meta Quest 2, are becoming more affordable as hardware prices fall. They also benefit from the ability to function as standalone devices as well as when connected to a gaming PC, allowing them to take advantage of their hardware platform to allow even more interactive and visually pleasing VR experiences.
Eventually, cloud VR will be a reality, reducing headset sizes even more. The much-rumored virtual reality headset from Apple is rumored to be released in 2022. This headset could have the same effect on virtual reality gaming as the iPhone did on mobile gaming.
Great implementations from VR can also be witnessed in some of the most innovative online casinos, where already entertaining games have been made better and more fun. At an online live casino, you can find games like live poker played in VR as well.
Microsoft and Facebook have big plans for the so-called metaverse, with worlds that are said to replicate our own. Millions of gamers from around the world are looking for how to immerse themselves in the experience and get the most out of it.
There have even been rumors about having live concerts inside the metaverse, which will certainly have a big impact on the music industry and gaming culture.
The metaverse offers a way for people to meet people from all around the world without having to get out of their homes.
Well-known game creators like Ubisoft, just announced that they will be putting non-fungible tokens inside their games, which enables gamers to trade the NFTs in-game.
A lot of gamers are not on board with this new idea, as they see this as a waste of energy. It’s no secret that these tokens use up a lot of processing power to process the game.
We have also seen a trend in ‘Play to earn’ games where gamers are rewarded with cryptocurrencies for playing daily.