With the advancement in technology, it's not very difficult to realize what the future of gaming is. In the past few decades, gaming has reached a whole new level. Starting from 2D games, today our video games are getting closer to reality. And video game consoles are focusing on that.
With that idea, comes virtual reality devices like Occulus Rift and Project Morpheus. Occulus Rift is owned by Facebook while Project Morpheus is owned by Sony. These devices are targeting to give users the premium experience of gaming by allowing users to interact all around them in the gaming world. You can experience flying, walking, dancing, shooting like never before, in virtual reality of course.
Keeping Virtual Reality aside, there are gesture recognizing devices like Leap Motion. While their focus is not Virtual Reality, Leap Motion allows users to play video games or even work on their computer using only hand gestures. This also allows a rich experience of users working or gaming.
Apart from that, there is a rise in online gaming with popular platforms like Steam. And platforms like Google Play Store, Appstore and such is constantly seeing significant growth in mobile gaming. And with Google Glass, there is a major possibility of augmented reality (AR) gaming. More on that later.
In this article, we'll focus on the future of gaming – with devices like Occulus VR, Project Morpheus and Leap Motion. We'll also talk about online gaming, mobile gaming and augmented reality (AR).
Virtual Reality For those who does not know, Occulus Rift and other such Virtual Reality devices are head-mounted devices, which allows you to look around in a virtual world.
Occulus Rift is the new buzz in the gaming world. With everyone excited about Virtual Reality, the question is, will Virtual reality live up to its expectation? Will it be the next big thing? Well, we like to think so.
If we rewind back in time, it seems unbelievable that we had Virtual reality devices and 3D glasses decades ago. They never succeeded back then because of the high cost and the unavailability of resources. But now, the time is different. Technology is getting more affordable each day and we have the resources for such devices to succeed.
There is a whole new prospect for futuristic gaming gadgets because demand in consumer market in increasing. And with devices like Occulus Rift and Sony Prometheus, the foundation appears stronger. While they're not completely out in public, they will succeed once they are out.
Motion detection through hand gesture Leap Motion allows us to work and play using only hand gestures. You just have to plug in the Leap Motion device in your Mac or PC USB port and you're done. After an easy setup and synchronization, you are ready to play video games through hand gestures or even draw using you're hands. Leap Motion allows accuracy up to 1 cm when designing or drawing. And the device handles gestures fast and smooth.
Leap Motion even has its own app store. It's called the Airspace Appstore. Although Leap Motion is at its early stage, developers have started to work on apps for it already. And you'll find a lot of amusing apps on the app store. Currently, it only costs $ 99.99.
Online gaming Popular online games such as Dota 2 and World of Warcraft is regularly played by a huge audience. What's amazing about online based games is that they regularly add more and more modifications to it, which makes it never ending and ever improving. Well, if the developers decide to continue. And what's really exciting is that you're playing against all real life players, an experience that everyone wants.
For all those benefits, online gaming keeps on getting popular. With most major games coming out with multiplayer online option, the future of gaming seems to be based around it. And all you need is a good internet connection.
Augmented reality (AR) While augmented reality, you are part of a physical world interacting with non-physical entities. In virtual reality, the virtual world is simulated. In augmented reality, the player remains in the real world, while non-physical objects on the device are placed accordingly using motion detection, object detection and other AR technology. While there are few apps on AR, there isn't really a huge game database.
With Google Glass, there is a whole new possibility. This eye-wearable device can be used as the perfect AR equipment. Augmented Reality video games in Google Glass can be played very smoothly as Google Glass is worn on your eyes. Developers have already started working on AR apps for Google Glass. So, expectations are that we'll have some fun and exciting new AR games to play as soon as Google Glass comes out in general. Currently Google Glass is out for $ 1500 in beta.
There are many scopes for the future of gaming. It could turn in any direction, or in many directions. All of these gadgets add new dimensions to gaming. So exactly which one of them would turn into a major medium is impossible to tell. It all depends on the speed of development, availability and user experience.