Gaming was always a hobby and a mode of entertainment and leisure for people, but the gaming industry has grown in the last few years. With the emergence of crypto and blockchain and the introduction of “play to earn,” gaming has become a lucrative career option and a growing investment opportunity. The whole gaming platform is emerging every day.
In earlier times, we only had 8-bit graphics, which were pixelated and blocky, and only one-color option, blue, in the video games. But with the advancement in technology, we have hyper-realistic graphics that transport us into completely immersive environments, a wide range of genres, from racing to architecture, to choose from, and millions of interesting games to play.
The gaming industry is being revolutionized in an unprecedented way. Games are now being set in a make-believe world that we can control with our mind and body. The games have become a completely immersive experience.
It is said that the gaming industry will grow by more than 50% in the next five years. These are some of the top technologies that will make this leap possible.
1. Augmented reality (AR)
Augmented reality is the real-time use of information in the form of text, graphics, audio, and other virtual enhancements integrated with real-world objects.
It’s a new dimension of gaming that allows you to enter a world where digital and physical objects coexist. In this way, you can play with your environment instead of just using a controller.
Up until now, augmented reality has only made breakthroughs on the smartphone. The best example of this is the “Pokémon Go” game launched in 2016. But mega-tech companies like Facebook, Apple, Snap, and Magic Leap are planning to make the future of AR into specially designed glasses.
2. Cloud Gaming
Cloud gaming is a type of online gaming that runs video games on remote servers and streams them directly to a user’s device. In other words, it is like playing a game remotely from a cloud. You can jump right into the action with cloud gaming instead of downloading or installing anything on your devices.
The whole setup of cloud gaming is done to play the same games that usually require a high-powered, expensive gaming PC on any regular device. The whole idea is very appealing, but right now, it is more of a distant dream than an immediate reality.
Cloud gaming is changing how we play games, and it plays a major role in shaping the gaming industry’s future. It will also help in reducing the overall gaming costs for consumers, as the games can be streamed rather than purchased outright.
3. The Metaverse
According to science fiction, the “metaverse” is a hypothetical iteration of the Internet as a single, universal, and immersive virtual world that is facilitated by the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets. In regular terms, the “Metaverse” is a network of 3D virtual worlds focused on social connections.
The Metaverse is a huge part of the gaming industry’s future, mainly built to use new technologies like VR, AR, and different mobile apps. It will also affect our online social interaction as it will provide experiences that can incorporate our real-life friends into our gaming world.
It is like a virtual universe where different people playing different games are connected through a single network.
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