The next five years may be decisive for the future of video game industry because we are assisting at the birth of new and exciting trends. Everyone is trying to get a slice of the future, but no one can tell for sure which will be tech that will stick.
Will video games continue to develop as PC and console software? Is VR finally going to explode and become wildly available? Or are we going to be happy with building on reality with AR?
Each of these tech sectors is under tests right now, which is why the next five years are crucial. First, PCs and consoles may have the lead right now, but they also keep you in one place and are not at all portable. Furthermore, the tech may become too slow for the evolution of video games.
Next, we have VR. Right now, the tech is bulky, expensive, and imperfect, but companies and developers start to include it more and more in their plans. However, the effort behind creating new worlds that can be explored in the tiniest of details is huge and it may not be worth it. VR may have better, less expensive applications in other industry sectors, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Finally, we have AR (Augmented Reality) and the developments of the last years place this tech in front. The concept is refreshing but not new, it brings a different perspective on a world you already know, and it is highly portable.
So is it going to stick around? Let’s take a look at the top 3 reasons why AR may actually be the future of video gaming.
AR The Future Of Video Games Industry
#1: Pokemon Go
The best example of an AR video game that put the whole world into the hype is Pokemon Go. The game got the nerds out of their chairs, the bad-ass gamers out of their gear, and the beat the VR tech into a corner.
A few weeks after it was launched, all you could see was people staring at their phone on the streets, hunting for Pokemons. Of course, the hype passed and nowadays it’s a nice memory, but it did the trick! It was a simple game, it worked on most phones, and it used the world around to build a cool activity.
#2: The Possibilities are Limitless
You can have monsters coming out of your walls, you can build your very own Taj Mahal in the backyard, or you can use it while doing your favorite outdoor activities. AR comes with plenty of possibilities and the only limit is your imagination (or the imagination of the developer).
And, since they are building on an already-existent world, there’s no need for advanced graphics processors, impressive power sources, or even super-fast drives. You just need a good phone and that’s it.
For instance, a game like moto x3m can have an AR counterpart that creates an augmented world while you’re driving your own bike. It can be extreme and you can be in the game without bulky gear and short cables.
#3: Idle Entertainment
If you enjoy car games, then you surely would enjoy playing one when you’re in an idle state. Some companies plan on creating AR games to be played while you’re a passenger in a car or a train, or maybe for when self-driving cars will actually be a thing.
Regardless of the case, AR can be great for idle entertainment and can be implemented on a variety of smart surface like the window of a car/train, the glass of a table, even a specially-designed wall. It can exist in the same world as we do and it can make entertainment better.
More and more specialists see AR in our future, but not just in video games. Still, there may be a while before we get to leave the dream because there’s still a problem of controls and implementing all sorts of smart surfaces. Also, we do not know what influence will have AR realization of violent or horror games like zombs royale. Will we have Zombie Go instead of Pokemon Go? Let’s leave these questions unanswered.
However, if it were to make a comparison, AR may have better chances than VR!
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