Back in the late '80s and early '90s, Sony employee Ken Kutaragi had a hard time convincing the company that gaming was here to stay, but his efforts led to the release of the first PlayStation.
Gaming has come a long way since then, with millions of consoles and billions of video games being sold. But what does the future hold for gaming? Here are five videos that show what the future of gaming could look like.
Virtual Reality Gaming
Virtual reality has long been expected to make its way into mainstream gaming and while it certainly does exist with products like the Oculus Rift, it has not yet caught on with the general public. Virtual reality gaming could offer users a much more immersive and realistic experience, especially as graphics are further developed. The video below shows what virtual reality could look like as everyone's favorite genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist, Iron Man.
Augmented reality is similar to virtual reality, but instead of building a completely new world to experience, augmented reality essentially adds its own layers to the world we already live in. A basic example of augmented reality would be Google Glass. This concept could be applied to gaming to offer users a game that is based in the real world. The video below shows what augmented reality could look like in gaming, as well as in the general world once it has been developed more.
Motion capture has been growing as a concept, with companies such as Microsoft releasing devices like the Kinect. This concept could be taken a lot further, however. Development of object recognition could enable gamers to use objects in games or use small movements to control certain aspects of a game rather than using a controller. In fact, the technology could be used for much more than just gaming, as shown by the video below.
Currently, games can be limited by how much memory discs have to offer. With the advent of cloud gaming, however, the only limit is in the company's server, meaning that companies could potentially offer massive games that are streamed to the user. That means that advances in graphics that have a significant effect on storage aren't as big of a problem. Here is an explanation of why cloud gaming is beneficial.
Quantum Computing and Gaming
Quantum computing has been greatly developed of late, with the first quantum computers expected within the next few decades. There is some misunderstanding about how quantum computers will work, and that they will completely revolutionize computers. While that might not be true, quantum computing could still have significant impacts on gaming. The video below explains quantum computing and whether or not it will affect the gaming world.