There is no getting away from technology, it is part of our everyday lives and for most of us a life without it would seem impossible. From smart speakers, to smart TV’s, mobile phones, and apps, technology not only makes our lives easier, but also a lot more fun - especially when it comes to gaming.
The gaming sector is growing rapidly, driven by advances in technology and a booming, competitive market. New tech trends have the ability to transform the market and change the gaming environment and the way we interact and enjoy games.
Today’s gamers can explore ultra-realistic 3D worlds, interact with players around the globe in real-time, and so much more, but designers and developers aren’t stopping there. Below we take a look at some of the best tech around that is guaranteed to improve your gaming experience.
Ever since video gaming began, players have accepted that every few years they have to update their system in order to keep playing the latest and best games. That commitment comes at considerable expense and for many it’s just not practical or possible. However, the emergence of Cloud Gaming, could be about to change all that.
With cloud gaming, there’s no need to continuously upgrade expensive consoles or PC’s, or even keep them cluttering up your home. With the advent of smart TVs and streaming devices, the world of gaming is now available to everyone.
All the processing work required to play the games is done in a huge cloud data centre, and the game is then simply streamed into your home, much like streaming a movie from Netflix. With Microsoft, Sony, Google, Nvidia, Amazon and more all entering the market, cloud-based subscription gaming services are here to stay and could herald the end of the gaming console.
Augmented Reality (AR)
This technology is already in our lives, from street view to apps that let us visualise paint colours on our walls. AR is also used in gaming, combining real and virtual spaces with apps that place virtual characters within a physical environment.
What is AR
AR enhances, or augments, the real world with digital information, allowing players to interact with virtual objects in real-time. AR apps work with mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.
Pokemon Go is perhaps the most famous AR game. A phenomenon when it was first launched, it has become the biggest mobile game ever. Players go out into the real world to find and capture Pokemon, making a trip to the shops a whole new experience.
While game developers are still coming to terms with the technology and how best to utilise it, there is one area where AR has transformed the gaming experience for players. Casino gaming has seen a boom in popularity in recent years, thanks in part to advances in technology from leading online casino operators like Virgin Games.
AR technology has allowed designers to create a realistic environment that feels like a physical casino. Players can walk through the doors into a lobby and chat to friends at the bar or wander around the tables to take in the action.
AR also provides superior graphics and sound effects, creating an immersive and atmospheric gaming experience that perfectly mimics the real thing. It’s a great way to experience a casino for the first time and learn the ropes, or to just spend time with friends.
There’s no point spending lots of money on the latest Xbox or PS 5 in order to play sumptuous, graphic intense games, if your monitor or TV isn’t up to the job. To truly benefit from the superior graphics that console and PC gaming can offer, it’s important to make sure your screen matches the capabilities of your system.
Most gaming monitors have variable refresh rate (VRR) support, low input lag, and a quick response time for a smooth, stutter free gaming experience. The more expensive models will include extra features such as the latest HDMI connections, USB support and more.
If you can afford it, a 4K monitor with high refresh rate will deliver sparkling graphics and a Rolls Royce gaming experience – if your PC or gaming console has the specs to keep up that is. For those on a budget, it’s a balance between high-resolution and high refresh rate.
While there’s no perfect solution for everybody, it’s a question of doing your research to find a monitor that matches your gaming needs and budget.
Sound can often be overlooked when it comes to improving your gaming experience, but it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to enhance your gaming experience. Headphones are capable of fully immersing players in the game, offering shocks, thrills, atmosphere and surprises.
Game developers will spend a lot of time ensuring sound effects and music work in harmony with the visuals and graphics, to provide the ultimate gaming experience. They are also an essential piece of kit when it comes to multiplayer games, allowing players with a mic to communicate with other gamers. Call of Duty and Fortnite are two great examples of this.
you might want to invest in a noise-cancelling headphone with basic features, or a more sophisticated headphone that includes a mic. Investing in headphones will also help you avoid potential noise complaints from neighbours, flatmates and/or your partner. You will have a nicer and more immersive gaming experience without bothering those around you. There are great options for all budgets so there’s no excuse not to give it a go.
The Future of Gaming
The world of gaming has come a long way since the 1970’s, when ground-breaking titles such as Pong, changed the future of gaming forever. The technologies available to designers today are beyond anything they could have imagined back then, but advances in technology don’t stop.
Fierce competition in the gaming sector has ensured that developers and designers are constantly utilising new tech to great bigger and better games. That means gamers can expect to see even more exciting innovations in the years ahead.