The gaming industry is a billion dollar industry that has advanced immensely since its beginning. It has grown from pixels to realistic graphics and has moved from gaming arcades to computers, consoles, handheld devices like phones and tablets and now it is moving on to Virtual Reality (VR) headsets. The advances in gaming technology that are happening around the world are making the entire gaming experience more immersive and real-life like.
Following are 8 exciting, advanced and emerging game technologies that you should be excited about:
1. Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR)
Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the most fascinating emerging game technologies. Virtual reality headsets and gaming consoles are poised to give gamers a completely immersive experience that allows them to lose themselves in the game. Though it has been ‘the next big thing’ for many years now, it continues to face challenges in reaching the mainstream market. Many of the VR headsets and gaming consoles that have been developed haven’t been released yet. Still, 2019 was a good year for sales of VR gadgets due to the recently released Oculus Rift model and Index VR headset by Valve.
Virtual reality is really fascinating, but if it isn’t your thing, augmented reality is the next best thing available. AR games are not confined to a computer monitor or television and enable a unique perspective to you as a gamer. The maneuver spaces in the real world making the objects of the game applicable to real-life scenarios.
2. Cloud Gaming
To have an exceptional gaming experience, a gamer has to purchase all the expensive hardware to play high-quality games. The point of cloud gaming is avoiding this huge investment by making high-end games accessible on web browsers. With the advent of cloud technology, games are no longer limited by memory or consoles. The only thing required by gamers, thanks to cloud gaming, is high-speed internet. Utilizing the power of the cloud opens the gates of opportunity for a game to be uploaded on a massive server where all the images are streamed to the players screen through the Internet. Big tech companies such as Microsoft and Google have already entered the cloud gaming ecosystem.
3. 3D Scanning & Facial Recognition
Facial recognition is one of the fastest emerging game technologies that is capable of building 3D models of the player’s entire body and putting realistic avatars to it. Gaming companies are also trying to develop facial recognition technology the extent that it can identify account users and block underage children from accessing inappropriate titles.
3D Scanning and Facial Recognition technologies work together enable systems to create this personalized experience for you. The technology is currently being used in games like NBA 2K Series that allows players like you to click and import pictures, create avatars that look like you as an NBA player and even inventively transfer your expressions to the digital creations. Moreover, Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera enables developers to create video games that can adapt to the emotions of the player by scanning about 78 different points on the player’s face.
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