By February 14, 2019

The future of online gaming

From its humble origins with simple games such as Space Invaders and Asteroids, the gaming industry has developed out of all recognition and in 2019 is one of the global economy’s most dynamic and profitable sectors, providing employment, profit and entertainment for millions.

Technology harnessed by creativity has been the driver of development in the gaming industry over the last few decades, and gaming itself has evolved from a pastime enjoyed by a few dedicated players to a socially diverse and even fashionable pastime. Today, millions of gamers worldwide enjoy the latest titles on their phones, tablets, consoles and laptops, and rapidly developing technology has enabled the creation of stunning and immersive games that would astonish previous generations.

This pace of technological change and innovation in the gaming industry is unlikely to slow down over the next few years. Here are some of the gaming developments that we can look forward to.

Hyper-immersion

The immediate goal on the horizon for games developers is hyper-immersive gaming, achieved through the use of photorealistic graphics and virtual reality (VR). VR has been a hot topic in the gaming industry for a while now, but we are still at an early stage in utilising the technology. Once the various issues associated with hardware capabilities have been resolved, gamers can look forward to VR titles that will be able to produce graphics virtually identical to real life.

VR is also likely to have an increasing impact in one area of the thriving online casino industry. While casino gamers have become used to playing free video slots and traditional table games at their convenience, without having to visit a physical casino, the one weakness of online casino games is that they can’t capture the real atmosphere of a land-based casino. VR offers the possibility of putting online casino gamers into a virtual casino in which they can not only play their favourite games but also interact directly with other users.

Gaming goes open-source

For most of its history, the gaming industry has been dominated by big games producers that are able to amass the computing power and expertise required to produce the cutting-edge titles enjoyed by modern gamers. However, technology is changing that. The development of cheaper game production software, available on an open-source basis, has already started to change the games development landscape, and as it becomes easier for independent creators to produce their own titles, the result could be a new revolution in gaming innovation, and the possibility of users producing games to their own tastes.

Gaming takes to the cloud

Cloud technology has become increasingly prevalent and is likely to have a major impact on the way that gamers enjoy their favourite titles in future. As internet connections become ever faster, it will eventually be possible for gamers to play the latest games via the cloud on a wide range of devices without having to download any software. This will not only make gaming cheaper, but will also enable people to game without having to use a desktop PC or a games console.

Augmented reality

Augmented reality (AR) is not a new technology, but we have so far scratched the surface of what it can do. The huge success achieved by Pokémon GO, which enabled players to hunt for Pokémon creatures superimposed on the real world using AR, gave an indication of how much demand there is for this type of gameplay, and it is likely that games developers will be looking for ways to use AR to enhance gameplay, perhaps through headsets or new games consoles.

Secondary gaming devices

One of the most interesting gaming developments is the use of secondary gaming devices. The most famous games console developers – Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony – are all producing or working on gaming adaptations that capitalise on the popularity of mobile gaming. The Wii U GamePad, the SmartGlass app, and the integration of Sony’s PS Vita with the PlayStation console, are all examples of gaming companies utilising multiple devices to enhance the player’s gaming experience, and this trend is likely to continue as new technologies come on stream.

Gaming into the future

For gamers, this is a golden age, as creativity and technology combine to produce previously unimaginable gaming experiences, and that same innovation promises an even more exciting future as the gaming world embraces and develops ever more sophisticated platforms.

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