The gaming industry is on the rise. Technological advancements make the time gap between generations of consoles shorter. The market grows by 8,7% every year, and more people of all ages and genders are playing video games around the world. Such prospects make us wonder what the future of the gaming industry will look like. Here are 5 trends that are likely to shape it.
Access to fast internet connection is growing, unlike access to high-end PC parts, which became increasingly expensive and hard to get because of crypto miners and scalpers. Luckily, building a powerful PC is no longer the only way to enjoy games at ultra settings. Thanks to services like GeForce NOW, you can play a game while its graphics are rendered on powerful servers elsewhere. All you need is a fast and stable internet connection. Since people are getting used to subscription services, cloud gaming will keep rising in popularity.
The goal of any game is to provide an immersive experience, and there is nothing better at it than VR. The technology is still pretty rough around the edges and is considered more of an expensive trinket than a full gaming device. But it's just a matter of time before it becomes more available, provides a more detailed picture, and has more gadgets and controllers to ensure sensational feedback. And when that day comes, the world of gaming will change forever.
For now, game worlds exist independent of each other. Minecraft has nothing to do with Warhammer 40000; Lara Croft has never met Captain Price, and so on. Metaverse is aimed to erase the boundaries between these and many other digital worlds, bringing them together in a never seen digital universe. It will create a room for integrating games with social media, businesses, and celebrities. Think about virtual live concerts in Fortnite, but on a much larger scale. There sure will be other entertainment projects and marketing events that can only be imagined when Metaverse gains its form.
Blockchain games have been already generating billions in NFT sales, but they aren't even close to AAA projects in terms of quality and gameplay. Non-fungible tokens can add millions of dollars to game developers' revenue, so soon we will see more of them incorporated into full-scale games. They can appear in the form of skins, items, characters, and locations that players can "mint", upgrade, and eventually sell to other players. Another feature of NFT games is an in-game currency, which essentially is a crypto that can be cashed out for real money.
While many people couldn't get what's the fun in watching somebody playing games instead of doing it yourself, now the public feels quite comfortable with the idea of streaming. Moreover, more people are doing it themselves, not for money but just for the fun of chatting with some random folks as they play. With such a trend, software manufacturers have already started developing solutions to provide easy access to streaming. Soon, it may become as easy as pressing a button and will forever change the way we play games on our own.