How technology will continue to propel the gaming sector forward
The gaming industry has always been dependent on technology to offer users next-level adventure. The primary goal for software developers is an enhanced user experience and a happy audience, which means a constant search for new ideas. Recent digital advancements will launch games further than we ever thought possible.
A big limit on games has always been local storage. Users previously had to rely on their personal hard drive space to store saved games and inventory. They were also confined to a single computer for gameplay. Using local storage made their computers less powerful, since storage requires memory, so there was a lot of lag. Cloud-based technology has given users the freedom to operate remotely, meaning they can play wherever they are, as long as they have the proper setup. Having data stored on the cloud also means computers are no longer required to handle as much of the storage burden. In addition, advancements in cloud technology have changed the way people handle in-app purchases overall. This is life-changing in the world of gaming, ecommerce and other applications.
Clearly, the biggest change in recent years has been the transition from matter reality to virtual reality (VR). There are several reasons people love it. The graphics are far superior to a standard computer, gameplay is a totally immersive experience, and story modes can further enhance the enjoyment of “getting away” from reality. The list of VR games keeps growing and total immersion gaming is only going to get more advanced. The economy is also going to continue benefiting from this technology. Studies show the size of the software and hardware VR market is expected to exceed $28 billion by 2021.
Not everybody enjoys VR, however. For some people it’s too cost-prohibitive, and for others it’s just too intense. For them, there is a middle ground technology called augmented reality (AR). This gives the ability to provide people with real-world experiences enhanced by digital elements, such as links and graphics.
A great example of an augmented reality game is Pokémon Go. Created by Niantic Labs, it uses the GPS abilities on a mobile device to search for virtual creatures that are visible on the screen, appearing as if they are in the player’s real-world location. The game recently celebrated its second anniversary and a $1.8 billion milestone. People are eagerly awaiting the company’s next augmented gaming project called ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’, which will be based on the Harry Potter series.