Five Gaming Trends To Expect In 2050

Five Gaming Trends To Expect In 2050

What will the gaming world look like by 2050? Will our gaming lives be filled with artificial intelligence, smart tech, and virtual reality? What will the gaming trends of the future be? We cast our eyes three decades ahead and offer up some thoughts.

 

Total virtual reality?

VR devices are already on the market (Oculus Rift being just one example). Should the take-up of virtual reality continue at its current pace, expect to see a gaming world almost completely dominated by VR technology – with classic games reimagined in a VR format – and games developers given a whole new innovative playing field on which to create new ones.

 

One thing, however, is standing in the way of progress: cost. For VR to truly change the gaming world, the cost of headsets will certainly need to come down to allow for purchasing in greater numbers.

 

Dedicated gaming rooms

Dedicated gaming rooms
Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, everyone would go hang out at their local arcade. The ‘90s started to move things indoors when the rise of affordable consoles and personal computers with technology capable of playing games made it easy for us to enjoy gaming at home. Home Gaming is a trend that’s only set to grow: a poll of more than 1,500 gamers by Liberty Games found that a significant 74 % people want their very own arcade machine at home, compared to just 26% who would rather play at an arcade.

And, given the rise of smart technology and the internet of things, we could see some seriously epic games rooms. Imagine coming home with your smart fridge ready to serve you a cold beer and a dedicated gaming assistant ready to load up the latest video game…

 

And, given the rise of smart technology and the internet of things, we could see some seriously epic games rooms. Imagine coming home with your smart fridge ready to serve you a cold beer and a dedicated gaming assistant ready to load up the latest video game…

 

App and mobile-based games could dominate

One of the biggest technology switches right now is the change from desktops to mobile devices, with consumers increasingly using smartphones, tablets, and apps to shop, bank and, of course, play games. This is set to continue, with the Liberty Games research also finding that many of the retro games of the future will be app-based.

 

Asked what they think the vintage games of the future would be, respondents listed:

 

Candy Crush – 51%

Angry Birds – 39%

Snake – 20%

Pokemon Go – 17%

Other – 18% (Including Clash Of Clans, Tetris, and The Simpsons games)

 

Specialised gaming stores

Instead of going to a shop or an e-commerce website to buy a game, in future we could be more likely to visit a specialised gaming hub instead. You may be familiar with Steam – an online platform through which you can buy and play games, watch videos and connect with other gamers on social and community channels. Yet Steam is perhaps not the answer: while the number of games available on it is on the rise, 37% of all registered Steam games actually go unplayed. So while it may be a major player for now, in future Steam could be usurped by smaller, more ‘indie’ distributors who offer varied pricing models and niche games.

 

Will you marry me?

You may have seen the 2013 film Her, about a lonely writer who falls in love with an operating system. By 2050 artificial intelligence could well have advanced so much that we are able to ‘marry’ video game characters – perhaps in the form of an online avatar, or maybe just as ourselves! AI could also create much richer gaming experiences where intelligent gameplay. The characterisation creates a much deeper, much more involving gaming experience.

This post is part of our contributor series. It is written and published independently of TNW.

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