Video games are no longer perceived only as a way to lose valuable time. They have come a long way since the 1980s when they finally went mainstream. If we compare video games of that time with video games of today, it’s hard to believe they were created by us and not by technologically advanced aliens.
During this short period, the technology used in the gaming industry has changed a lot. This industry has even pioneered some technologies that are used today for numerous other purposes.
Let’s see what new unbelievable tech advancements we can enjoy today and which we can expect to see in the near future.
Until recently, it was normal for gaming companies to create games that require a lot of computing power to run. However, that is slowly changing with the introduction of cloud gaming.
This new technology means that the game engine will be located in the cloud and all you need to do is stream it to your computer. All you will need to play flagship video games is a fast internet connection and an average personal computer.
Wearable gadgets were first introduced to us as an addition to fitness applications. However, their purpose will probably soon extend to include entertainment as well. Wearables, such as smartwatches or glasses, will serve as extensions of the gaming consoles we love and allow us to have fun on the go. Only the human imagination is the limit to where wearable gaming gadgets can take us.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Both virtual and augmented reality technologies are quickly developing to incorporate more and more possibilities for gaming. This promising tech is still not where we’d like it to be, but it is taking large leaps forward.
We reckon we will soon be able to completely lose ourselves in the virtual world and have real trouble figuring out whether we’ve actually left it or not. On the other hand, augmented reality does not have these powers, but it allows us to merge our favorite games with the reality we live in and enjoy the best sides of the both. You can finally have your cake and eat it!
If you are not a fan of virtual or augmented realities, there are other ways to make video games appear more realistic. One of these is 4K gaming that uses screens of very high resolution. We have now reached a point when there is enough computing power in the average gaming console to play a game in 4K without any setbacks.
In our opinion, the best titles you should try out are Grand Theft Auto V, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and The Witcher 3. Trust us – you won’t regret it.
Facial recognition is another huge technological advancement in modern gaming. It allows us to finally create a character that looks like us in the gaming world, without spending hours choosing one of the 20 different types of eyebrows.
Moreover, thanks to the Intel RealSense 3D camera, developers can now create games that adapt to players by scanning 78 points on the human face and understanding their emotions. For example, it could lower the game’s difficulty if you’re struggling too much, or give you more interesting quests if it realizes you’re getting bored.