Video games are a standard pastime for most people in 2022. Sales of home consoles are expected to reach 876 million in the next year, but there is a reason for this. You see, an entire generation has witnessed these niche’, pixelated arcade machines grow into fully realised 3D experiences with engaging stories they can experience with their friends. This has all happened in a short amount of time, which begs the question: where is gaming going next?
It would have been impossible to fathom everyone having a home console back in the 1970s, so you can assume that the video game landscape will look quite different in another fifty years. So, what advancements are happening to create this landscape? Let’s take a look.
The old arcade cabinets were huge and clunky, so much so that you had to physically bring yourself to these machines in order to play. Console controllers are better, but they do pose some limitations for developers. Wouldn’t it be great to have a game that features more than four or five control prompts? Well, it looks like that is what we will be getting with voice recognition.
AI systems are now able to accurately recognise voice commands, something that has multiple applications for the video game industry. Instead of awkwardly commanding a character through a joy-con, gamers will soon be able to interact with popular gaming titles with the sound of their own voice.
Character creation is a huge part of modern games. Ever since the original Sims game was released on PC, developers have strived to build the most accurate character creator possible. Unfortunately, there are too many variables in the human genome to develop a character creator that is accurate for everybody. However, facial recognition software could provide the answer to this conundrum.
Game developers did tamper with the idea of scanning faces into their games back in the nineties and early two thousand’s. This process involved scanning a static photograph into the system that would be placed on a blank avatar. As you can imagine, this idea resulted in some very static and blurry character models. Facial recognition software has come a long way in the last twenty years, though, and your smartphone is able to reconstruct a fully 3D model of your face with just a click of a button. With this tech, it won’t be too long until gamers are able to place a fully rendered version of themselves into their favourite games.
As mentioned above, video games were once cumbersome things. Fortunately, that old tech has come a long way. You can now play all those retro titles that you loved as a kid on your tiny smartphone device. What once was thought of as the height of technology is now a standard app in your pocket. So, what does this mean for the future?
It isn’t easy to predict, but it seems that mobile gaming will become a vehicle for retro games of the past. If you look at the online slots at an average online casino, you can see how this older tech is used to run these slot games on your computer screen. Online slots do not need to be complicated, but can you imagine if they were running on the console tech of today? It seems that this may be a very real possibility, and gamers will be able to play games with realistic graphics in open-world scenarios on their smart devices.
While virtual reality is still a huge feat in technological engineering, the applications of such an experience have proved to be quite limiting. Players are restricted in their movements, and some gamers have even admitted to contracting injuries due to their smaller gaming environments. That is why developers are more likely to focus on augmented reality instead.
Augmented reality is a technological programme that alters the appearance of your surroundings using a camera, instead of placing you in a fully virtual world. For example, Niantic’s Pokémon Go was able to place virtual creatures into your living space when you looked at them through your phone’s camera. This was a very basic step in the technology, so try to think about what augmented reality can do on a larger scale. With the right equipment, you can roam around and play FPS with your friends on the streets or play a game of football surrounded by a virtual crowd. It is a technology that is only in its infancy, but there seem to be more applications for augmented reality games than VR.
No one truly knows what the future of video games will hold, but these recent advancements can point us in a solid direction. Therefore, it seems that you and every other gamer on the planet have a lot to look forward to.