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Future of Gaming – Virtual Reality and Other Trends

Future of Gaming – Virtual Reality and Other Trends

Much like mobile technology, gaming tech has seen rapid developments in the past few years. The evolution of gaming industry has been so dynamic and fast that console gaming may soon be considered old-school. It’s not just graphical improvements. The way games are played have also changed significantly. We have come a long way from the simple vibration-feedback of console controllers to an immersive VR experience of Oculus Rift. Virtual reality gaming has also become much more accessible as more and more smartphones now come with VR kits. Pokemon Go and other augmented reality titles are also merging with the real world to offer a unique gaming experience. Gaming tech today is headed towards multiple exciting directions. While it’s not possible to talk about all of them, let’s take a look at one of the most promising techs that is all set to shape the future of gaming.

The head-mounted gaming unit developed by Palmer Luckey popularly known as the Oculus Rift started the revolution in VR gaming technology. Instead of looking at a flat screen, gamers could now immerse themselves in the gaming environment and become the game’s protagonist. While Oculus Rift successfully marked the beginning, VR gaming tech was just getting started. Capitalizing on Oculus Rift’s steep price tag of $799, smartphone developer soon introduced cheaper VR kits that offered great gaming performance. Once players get their very own mobile VR kit they can simply download games directly from Google Play app store and start playing. As far as price is concerned the smartphone VR kit is undoubtedly the most affordable option. Playstation was also quick to jump on this opportunity by launching its very own VR and they simply named it the Playstation VR. The VR kit sold by Sony is an add-on kit that connects to the hugely popular PS4 console. Being part of the Playstation family gamers can also rest assured that they will get a plethora of gaming titles to choose from in the years to come.

When it comes to the possibilities of VR gaming, it’s safe to say that we have just scratched the surface. While VR offers a visual experience, it can soon evolve into something where gamers would be able to touch and feel the virtual environment. In Salt Lake City, Utah a new virtual reality arena called The VOID has opened its doors to the public. This VR gaming theme park combines physical reality with virtual reality. What that means is the gaming arena has physical objects that match the virtual world of the game. Gamers can now touch the obstacles or the environment in the game to get a gaming experience that’s completely immersive.

VR gaming still has a few hurdles to cross before it can surpass the popularity of consoles and PC gaming. The first and the biggest challenge is that it lacks a popular gaming title. While fans are going crazy about the console release of The Last of Us 2, most gamers are not excited about the VR games. Big developers such as Naughty Dog, EA, Ubisoft, Activision, and other need to launch games that gamers could be excited about. However, with Playstation invested in this technology, there is a strong possibility that gamers could soon see future Call of Duty and Battlefield titles getting launched in VR.