Gamers are constantly looking for new experiences. Luckily, gaming and technology are closely connected and new techs are becoming available every day. Just take a look at the new gadgets and gizmos we got to see in the past decade. If the 2020s are going to be the same, we’re about to see some major improvements in the gaming world. While we can’t predict what will happen, we can take a look at some technology trends that have the potential to define gaming over the next ten years.
Video game streaming
Long gone are the days when the gaming industry relied solely on game sales. The industry has evolved over time and more people are involved in it. There are plenty of new job disciplines in the gaming world and video game streamers is one of them. With the rise of platforms such as Twitch, we got to see more and more players starting their own channels. Not only this but more people now follow their channels and watch live streams on a regular basis. Some of the most popular Twitch streamers at the moment at Ninja (15 million subscribers), Tfue (8.9 million subscribers), and shroud (7.7 million subscribers). Live game streaming is closely related to the Gen Z, which means these numbers will only increase in the next few years.
With over five million mobile users at the moment, it’s safe to say these devices are the future of technology. Whether you’re a smartphone or tablet user, there are so many ways you can get entertained on your device. Mobile gaming is constantly gaining popularity and it’s guaranteed to leave a huge mark on the 2020s. We’re already starting to see game developers paying attention to mobile gaming as they look to increase their player bases. For example, later this year, players will get a chance to battle in the Summoner’s Rift on their mobile devices as the new League of Legends: Wild Rift is about to be released. Meanwhile, games such as Fortnite and PUBG have been available on mobile for quite some time.
Remastered games and remakes
Over the past few decades, we got to play some of the most amazing games on PC and consoles. Players are nostalgic about the games they grew up playing and game developers want to give them exactly what they want. We’ve already seen some remastered games and remakes hit the shelves in the past few years. Warcraft III: Reforged looks great and so many players are competing in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. Moreover, Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil 3 remakes have outshined the original releases. The best part of it is that game developers don’t only enhance graphics in these new editions. No, they also improve game mechanics and create better gaming experiences. Expect even more remastered games and remakes to be released in the 2020s.
Virtual reality gaming
Virtual Reality (VR) has been a widely discussed topic for quite some time. VR has found its way in many industries and it was natural for it to get its use in the gaming world. In fact, VR gaming is exactly what players have been hoping to see for decades. There’s hardly a player out there who never imagined stepping into a virtual spaceship or being on a virtual battlefront. While VR is still in its infancy, we got to glimpse at how VR gaming might look like in the future. VR games such as Half-Life: Alyx and No Man’s Sky look amazing and it tells you all you need to know about the direction VR gaming is heading into. Now, you can even play blackjack or spin slots in a virtual casino. Just look at some of the best VR casinos available and you’ll see how far this tech has gone.
More cross-play options
This is something players have been asking for ever since online gaming became a thing it looks like they may finally get it. Let’s face it, most people don’t get both Xbox and Playstation under the Christmas tree. Instead, most players opt for one console and stick to it. With the rise of MMORPGs and online gaming in general, gaming companies realized that it’s necessary to connect once siloed consoles. At the moment, we’re seeing more and more companies allowing players on console A to play with those consoles B and C. However, console developers want to retain their own communities which may slow the process down. Still, with Battle Royale games and MMORPGs, we should see more cross-play options become available.
The bottom line
With the way technology has been advancing in the past few years, it’s safe to expect some major improvements in the gaming industry. The 2020s will be all about new techs and some of them will take the entire gaming world to the next level.