Did you know that the first electric digital computer was completed way back in 1943? While computer scientists created games to play on this model as part of their research, it wasn’t until 1970 that the first video game was introduced. Next, we saw arcade games, the floppy disc, and desktop computers.
Then, with the introduction of the mobile phones, the industry changed monumentally. Nowadays, our lives revolve around technology – you can speak to anyone, anywhere at any time, and take them on in any game you like from online poker to cricket. Today we’re taking a look at three ways technology will continue to shape the future on online gaming.
Many of the world’s brainiest people work in the online gaming industry. This means our brightest minds are dedicating themselves to furthering technology, its capabilities, and how humans are able to interact with it every single day of the week.
If you cast your mind back just a few years, you’ll be able to remember the relic cell phones you owned that were heavy, slow and had limited capabilities. Now, gaming on the go can be just as high quality and immersive as it used to be sitting in front of your dusty old PC. With discoveries being made every day by the world’s biggest boffins putting their heads together –the online gaming industry will continue to develop month-by-month, year-by-year.
While we may still be a long way from the world of Ready Player One, Augmented reality and virtual reality are starting to become more prolific, and, crucially, more accessible. Recently Google launched a series of cardboard VR viewers, ranging in price from $5-$20.
These viewers pair with a range of smartphones and are currently the most cost-effective way of gamers experiencing VR. Inevitably, VR and AR will soon become the norm. While many think of gaming as an anti-social affair, the reality is that it connects people from all corners of the world – the more immersive the gaming experience, the more players get to know each other – only, in this instance, in an online capacity.
One member of your team in the USA, another in Mongolia, another in Kenya –all able to communicate and play together in real time. Just how realistic things become remains to be seen, but what an exciting space to keep watch on!
Supply And Demand
Technology will continue to shape online gaming because there is an enormous demand for it. As of 2018, it’s estimated the 2.2 billion of the world’s population of 7.6 billion, are online gamers. You heard that right – billion! Those that game online make up almost a third of our population.
This audience is hungry for new tech that looks slick and makes life more fun and efficient. You only have to see the line outside an Apple store on launch day to get a glimpse into how desperate people are for new technology. And that’s big business.
In 2018, technology companies were the 2nd, 3rd, and 4thmost profitable companies in the world. Apple generated $59.5 billion, Samsung $35.1 billion and Alphabet Inc (Google) $30.7 billion. As these companies continue to develop new products, the options for online gaming will develop alongside them.
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