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How Technology Continues to Shape Gaming

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How Technology Continues to Shape Gaming

If it weren’t for technological advancements, we would still be playing with joysticks. Luckily, the gaming industry is all about innovation, which has led to fascinating developments in graphics, cloud-based technology, and hands-on equipment. 

Tech Trends That Are Influencing Gaming Today

During the past few years, scientists have developed ground-breaking technologies such as virtual reality and blockchain. People rarely interact with said technology every day, but when they do, it’s usually through gaming. 

Video games have completely transformed in the last fifty years. Once the experiment of MIT computer scientists in the early 1960s, video games surged in popularity during the years that followed. 

In the late 70s and early 80s, gamers had to go to an arcade to play their favorite games. On top of that, they spent all their quarters playing those clunky pixelated games. It wasn’t until the 90s that video games became primarily domestic.

We hardly think about how convenient it is to have gaming consoles in our homes. On top of that, these consoles don’t project pixelated images. They are state-of-the-art equipment that produces crystal clear, cinematic graphics. Computer software has advanced dramatically; take the improvements to the gaming operating system in Windows 11, for instance. 

As gaming equipment has developed, so has the industry itself. Now, gaming has become a major hobby for many people. It’s even turned into a fruitful career for some. Meanwhile, as technology continues to advance, gaming will continue to evolve alongside it. Below are a few exciting advancements that have enhanced the gaming experience and promise even more for gaming in the future. 

High-Definition Graphics 

Video game developers create graphics using pixels, which house a certain number of bits per pixel, to design their video games. 

To create the subtlest effects, developers have to use elaborate code to create something as simple as a color choice. In recent years, gaming developers have been successful in expanding these possibilities, but it wasn’t always that simple. 

For example, in the past, developers worked with 8×8 bit grids, making the iconic blocky imagery we associate with vintage games. As the years went on, consoles could handle more bits, operating from 16 bits up to 64. That’s why Nintendo named their console Nintendo 64!

Because of consoles, games look much more realistic today than they did ten years ago. New consoles have impressive memories and can display more pixels than ever before. Their ability to display many pixels means that video games can have stunning, high-definition graphics.

As gaming visuals become more impressive, a problem is on the rise. Finding graphics cards that can handle such intense imagery has become increasingly difficult. With the graphics card shortage, getting the high-definition picture gamers want is even more complicated. 

Luckily, as 5G and cloud gaming materialize in the near future, there may be no need to buy the latest console or graphics card to get an amazing picture — more on that in a moment. 

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

Combined with advancements in high-definition graphics, VR-based games have enhanced the gaming experience in various genres, especially for games based on social interaction.

Scientists first developed virtual reality technology in the late 1960s. The first virtual reality equipment was known as the Sword of Damocles and was so big that it had to be drilled into the ceiling to stay upright. 

With the rise of gaming consoles, VR has become much more accessible to gamers. Now, it’s becoming much more desired by consumers and is likely to develop further. 

Thanks to the Oculus Rift, the technology best known for VR experiences, gamers can play face-to-face in extraordinary environments. With the 3rd version coming out later this year, the Oculus Rift promises a bright future for gamers. Rumors suggest that it will have a high-resolution headset and full-body tracking.

Cloud-Based Technology 

Perhaps the most exciting development of all, cloud-based technology, could be the thing that will transform gaming as we know it. Cloud gaming allows players to stream games with any device they want. Games are hosted on massive cloud services, much like Netflix films are cloud-based, making gaming much more accessible. 

On top of that, cloud gaming could even make consoles obsolete, meaning players wouldn’t have to keep buying new hardware every few years. Due to the speed of 5G technology, streaming might become the most popular way to consume gaming content. Additionally, since cloud gaming doesn’t require a specific console, gamers have the opportunity to play from any device.  Cloud gaming opens a world of possibilities for gamers, including cross-platform gaming and more.

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