The video gaming and online gambling industries have a lot to thank technology for. Without the development of the internet, game consoles, software, and smartphones, both of these related industries would not have shot to the stratospheres where they are perched today. Whether you like to play shooter games from your recliner, Pacman on the train or spin a few reels at Royal Vegas casino, players and gaming providers should bow down to the tech gods for improving their experiences and boosting revenue, respectively.
But it hasn’t stopped. The latest wave of tech is sweeping the gaming worlds again, ready to take gaming up a gear once more. What are they you ask? Let’s find out.
1. 5G Smart Cities
If you thought 4G was fast, wait until you experience 5G networks. These are supposed to bring us speeds of 100 gigabits per second, which means gaming on the go will be much more enhanced. When full cities adopt 5G, we will be able to play our favorite video and online casino games on the move and enjoy better graphics and no frustrating lags. Ultimately 5G should make mobile gaming as good as what we experience at home with a stable WiFi connection – if not better!
2. Cloud Gaming
Gaming at home is also going to be upgraded. Instead of gaming through our bulky consoles and WiFi connections, we will be able to cut out the console and game from the cloud. This means our living spaces will not need to house consoles and it is also another reason why on-the-go smartphone gaming will be enhanced (although you may need to buy a controller for smartphone cloud gaming).
3. Augmented Reality
Virtual Reality may be in the pipeline but 2020 is probably too soon. Yet, Augmented Reality certainly is here and has proven its worth with the boom in Pokémon Go players. Due to the success of this game which merges the virtual world with the real world, we can expect to see more augmented reality games in the near future.
4. Lifestyle Gamification
Technology is also changing the arena for gaming. Instead of in gaming chairs or perched on the end of your bed, the real world can become the gaming space – but we don’t mean like augmented reality. Instead, going for a run, picking up litter or even heading to the recycling bin could score you points through mobile apps. These points can be turned into digital currencies that you can actually use. One such app already on the scene is SweatCoin, which helps you earn crypto for working out!
5. More Blockchain Games
The blockchain is already feeding its way into the gaming industry by making microtransactions safer and cheaper, but some developers have actually taken it a step further. They are making SIMS-style games that are based on the blockchain. What this means for players is that they can own their own gaming properties or island that will be secured in a virtual space. Say hello to the new gaming landlords!
Excited? You should be!
Visual journalist/Graduating student, University of Missouri-Columbia. Lover of everything in the gaming industry and an avid fan of all films!