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One of the most lucrative sectors of entertainment today is the industry of online gaming. Gamers enjoy the social experiences that come with online gaming, and they cannot wait to get connected to the world of digital games on a daily basis. The demand for the vast array of online games can be seen in the revenue that the industry brings. As of 2018, online games made about $11.628 billion. Because of this demand, research and fabrication of technology specific to gaming is on the rise. This sector is expected to have a 2.6% growth every year. To maintain this growth, there is a need for future technology to make online gaming easier and more entertaining. Some new technologies have already become mainstream right after their launch, and this speaks volumes of what’s to come.
Virtual Reality or VR is a kind of technology that has already become popular and new features are launching every day to make the experience more riveting. VR presents a social online gaming experience like no other: it makes you feel as if you are inside the game itself and getting a first-person look at the world of the game.
Different genres of gaming are now available on VR. The VR systems are usually powered by motion sensors and you can use your hands and head in real time to interact with objects move around in the games. On the one hand, you can play games that simulate some experiences such as the hilarious “Job Simulator”, or be a part of a fantasy universe, such as “Skyrim”. VR seems to work best with MMO games because in fantasy environments the forests and castles can feel more magical and spacious for the players. In the future, player versus player combat can be done effortlessly and online multiplayer games will be more engaging.
When the value of Bitcoin rose in 2017, it was thought to be a currency that would be used as a popular transaction method in the near future. Laws have been passed for retailers in some countries to accept Bitcoin, and some micro-payments can also be done online through cryptocurrency. This also applies to online gaming. Since Bitcoin is low cost and anonymous, you can use it make in-game payments without revealing your identity. If you are into playing gambling games online, you can conduct sports betting with Bitcoin and bet in real time as fast transactions are ensured through cryptocurrency. It is a future technology that greatly increases the entertainment value of online games.
Currently, online games depend highly on the platform on which you are playing. Games are made suited to a specific platform. A PS4 game is not likely to work on a PC unless you have the console. This can be rectified through cloud technology, a technology which is already used in other areas of our lives. Cloud gaming could do away with the need for a specific platform for any game and you should be able to access whichever game you want through any device as long as there is an internet connection. Through cloud gaming, powerful games will not need high powered computers anymore and should run seamlessly on mobile devices as well. This is a good step towards progress as many cannot afford high-end devices for online gaming, and it will make digital games accessible to everyone.
Wearable technology can already be seen in the fitness industry. Gadgets like smartwatches and digital glasses are being used by more and more people to make their lives easier. The same companies are also aiming to make this kind of technology online-gaming-friendly. The wearables become an extension of the gaming consoles that you would usually play on. There are products on the market now that can be worn and connected to your phone which acts as a motion sensor for your game. Others are headsets that allow you to experience a home theatre vibe in online gaming. This will make gaming easier on the go and also portable, without being too invasive. Studies have shown that the market for wearable gaming will hold a value of $1 billion by 2020.
We are able to stream movies and TV shows online today, and this can hold true for games as well. As games can already be live streamed and watched other gamers, they can be played through streaming them online as well. This technology will make multiplayer games much easier and competitions more entertaining.
New technology for gaming is growing fast, and will change the course of traditional online gaming to make it more fun, accessible, and entertaining. The industry of online gaming is not likely to become less popular and should hone in a lot of revenue because players are ready to invest in them. In the coming years, online gaming will perhaps not be limited to playing inside and should be a trend that people engage in on the go.