What will the future of gaming look like?

Games used to be seen as a children’s activity, something you outgrow and stop playing at a certain age. However, video games have proven to be so much more. They have helped many people in their daily lives and even changed some people’s lives.

With the video game industry now quite mature, where do we go? What can we expect to see in the future?

Games at the center of the education system

Esports as an extracurricular activity is great, but gaming shouldn’t be seen as just an extracurricular activity.

Games have made many people interested in history, science, music and more. Games can help students better absorb lessons through visual and interactive experiences. Imagine a history lesson where you play the role of a soldier, like in Call of Duty, learning about the battlefield and the struggles each side had to fight. Or economic concepts through farming simulator and city building games.

These games will provide a solid foundation for understanding, making it easier for students to grasp the concepts in their textbooks. Games and textbooks might even work together, with textbooks explaining concepts in the game and students experiencing them in the game.

Students would be able to absorb and internalize concepts much better than by simply listening to a professor or reading about them. Games would not replace reading, but they would provide more options for students learning in different mediums.

Consoles could become exclusive subscription services

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Building a PC more powerful than a console has never been impossible, but it’s getting easier and easier to build one that’s more powerful while costing much less. You probably won’t even need a powerful PC to play the games you want because cloud gaming is getting better in the future.

With Sony putting many of its previously exclusive PlayStation games on Steam and Microsoft putting its Xbox exclusive games on Xbox Game Pass, the lure of a dedicated home console is becoming a thing of the past. If you’re looking to get the most out of your gaming service subscription budget, consider a comparison of PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass.

In the future, physical consoles may no longer make sense. We buy consoles just to play them, and if you can play them on a PC or cloud service that provides a smoother gaming experience, what else is there?

Like cloud gaming services like Google’s Stadia, NVIDIA Shield, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud gaming service, consoles could become a service you sign up for on your devices instead of having to buy a console. You would have access to their respective stores and could buy and download games if you have a powerful device, or you could play them on the cloud for those who don’t want to build a PC.

There are already smart TVs that offer cloud gaming services right in the menu, without even needing a console. Since Sony has a large share of the TV market, it could bundle that with a free subscription to its cloud gaming services for five years or something similar.

The future of gaming is portable

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To continue the discussion about the console, we would like to mention the genius of Nintendo Switch. While it doesn’t have the same computing power as a non-mobile console, it has paved the way for more powerful mobile systems that threaten home consoles.

Mobile gaming brands like Aya, OneXPlayer, GPD, and now Valve with its Steam Deck, are joining the market with impressive hardware that costs just $649 for the most expensive version. Check out this Steam Deck review if you’re interested in its capabilities.

While these mobile gaming devices are nowhere near beating non-mobile consoles, Microsoft and Sony should start thinking about the mobile market, as portable options will surely catch up with and possibly render home consoles obsolete.

Wearable VR in the future

Mobile gaming is already known to be a big part of the future of gaming, but the one thing holding it back is the small screen. While we know we can’t take our TVs with us because that defeats the purpose of portability, we know that VR is capable of creating an entire world in front of us with just a headset.

Instead of carrying around a big TV, you could just pack a VR headset that can simulate an entire room or even just a big screen. You don’t have to settle for the small screen of your handheld game console, you can play on a 72-inch TV simulated in VR.

Why stop here? Eventually, portable VR will be powerful enough to play full-fledged VR games on its own. However, it might feel weird to wave your arms and point the controller at random people in public, so VR games that use a traditional gamepad might be better.

The rise of virtual reality

Man wearing VR headset in front of laptop.

VR is on the verge of mainstream adoption and is proving to be more than just a passing trend. VR is unmatched in its immersion factor and immersion is a big part of the gaming experience. The future of VR is great and you can also check out how VR improved in the 90s if you are interested in history of virtual reality.

The metaverse of virtual reality and video games

Almost everyone has heard of the Metaverse and the exciting things it can bring. But what can the metaverse do for games?

If you’ve seen Ready Player One, we think the metaverse is going to be something similar in terms of games. In the movie, there were markets, hangouts, and basically a universe where you can visit your friends game instead of starting a game.

Since in-game items, such as in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, are sold and traded on the Steam marketplace, you may also have a “tangible” marketplace for in-game items where you can pick up items, review them, try them out, and have a experience when purchasing in-game items. A VR Market will be much more immersive and interactive than simply looking at an image of the item before buying it.

RPGs have never gone out of style and will only flourish with the metaverse. RPGs are the perfect type of game for the metaverse, especially open world games with lots of rare and valuable items for players to buy and sell in a metaverse marketplace.

The future of gaming is bright

Games have changed the lives of so many people and will continue to do so in one way or another. Video games have become deeply integrated into our modern society and can no longer be ignored or taken for granted.

We can’t wait to see how far we can go and where video games take us. What do you think the future of video games will look like?

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