What does the game of the future look like?

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

Now that the video game industry is quite mature, where can we go? What can we expect to see in the future?

Games at the heart of the education system

Esports as a leisure activity is great, but games should not be seen only as a leisure activity.

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

These games will provide a solid foundation of understanding, making it easier for students to understand the concepts in their textbooks. Games and textbooks could even work together, with textbooks explaining in-game concepts and students experimenting with them in-game.

Students would be able to absorb and internalize the concepts much better than by simply listening to a professor or reading about them. Games would not replace reading, but would provide more opportunities for students who learn in different ways.

Consoles may become exclusive subscription services

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

With Sony putting many of its former PlayStation-exclusive games on Steam, and Microsoft putting its Xbox-exclusive games in 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 game service subscription budget, consider a comparison between PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass.

In the future, physical consoles may no longer make sense. We only buy consoles 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 the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud gaming service, consoles can become a service you subscribe to on your devices instead of having to buy one. console. You would have access to the respective stores and you could buy and download games if you have a powerful device, or you could play them in 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 TV market share, it could be combined 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 console discussion, we’d like to mention the genius of the Nintendo Switch. Although it doesn’t have as much computing power as a non-mobile console, it 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 coming to market with impressive hardware that costs only $649 for the most expensive version. Check out this Steam Deck review if you’re interested in its capabilities.

Although 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 and perhaps make home consoles obsolete.

Portable VR in the future

Mobile gaming is already known to be a big part of the future of gaming, but the only thing holding it back is the small screen. While we know we can’t take our TV 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 taking a big TV with you, you can 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 there? Eventually, wearable VR will be powerful enough to play full-fledged VR games on its own. However, waving your arms around and pointing your controller at random people in public can feel weird, so VR games that use a traditional gamepad might be better.

The rise of VR

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Virtual reality is on the verge of mainstream adoption, and it’s proving to be more than just a passing trend. VR is unmatched in its immersion factor, and immersion is an important part of the gaming experience. The future of VR is great, and you can also see how VR has improved over the 90s if you’re interested in VR history.

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 gaming. In the movie, there were marketplaces, hangouts, and basically a universe where you can visit your friends’ games instead of starting a game.

Since in-game items, like 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 grab the items, review them, try them out, and have a more store-like experience when purchasing items in the game. A VR marketplace will be much more immersive and interactive than just looking at a picture of the item before you buy 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 that players can buy and sell on a metaverse marketplace.

The future of gaming is bright

Games have changed the lives of so many people and they 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 will take us. What do you think the future of video games will look like?

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