Since video gaming when mainstream in the 1980s, technology has come a long way. While video gaming used to involve a mass of wires that got tangles and a case full of CD’s, todays’ games can be accessed at the tap of an app.
Thanks to improved connectivity and advanced hardware and software, gamers are now transported to a whole new world of their game where the physical and digital collide. What’s more, as hardware becomes less necessary, the entry costs for being able to play video games is significantly less than what it used to be.
So what technologies are enabling an enhanced gaming experience?
Remember the days where you had to sit on the floor in front of the TV because your wired remote wouldn’t reach the couch? Today’s younger generations most likely wouldn’t believe there was a time where you have to keep pushing the wire back in as you yanked too hard and it fell out…
Then along came wireless remote controllers to save the day. Wireless remotes might cost a little more than their wired counterparts but being able to play from the comfort of your bed is worth it. Some of the best wireless controllers are made by Sony and Playstation and will set you back around $80-$200.
Playing a strategic or tactical game like Call of Duty? A good headset is key to successful multiplayer gaming and a good headset is a difference between making it to the next round or being taken out by an enemy.
The best headsets have superior noise cancelling to ensure you’re fully immersed in the game and don’t get distracted by the outside world. They mostly also come with a high-quality mic. Some of the top headsets of this year include the JBL Quantum 800 that’s been described as a quality all-rounder. Then there’s the Logitech G Pro X that’s described as being incredibly sturdy and comes with a pre-loaded soundcard for customizable sound and mic options. Next up, there’s the Razer BlackShark V2 that offers premium quality and feels lightweight to wear.
Facial recognition software has been one of the best things for those of us who detest having to log in manually. Despite encouraging us to be lazier, facial recognition also enables players to customize avatars in the game with lifelike accuracy.
What’s more, there’s even talk that developers are working on a way for 3D cameras to recognise gamers’ facial expressions and adapt the game accordingly. This could be useful if you find yourself wanting to hurl the controller at the screen every so often.
Virtual reality is bridging the divide between the physical world and the online realm, enabling players to fully immerse themselves in the game, perhaps while running into a wall. Despite spatial awareness challenges, virtual reality enables gamers to get the full experience and get lost in their fictional world for a while.
The enhanced 360-degree graphics create a whole new experience where the player can see clearer and enjoy the crisp graphics on offer.
Is it a chair, is it new hardware? Gaming chairs have become so advanced that many of them now have built-in speakers and vibration effects to enhance gameplay even further. Let’s face it, most of us settle into a game for at least a few hours. So getting the chair right is essential if you want to enjoy the game without a nagging backache.
So while you get stuck into a game of Rainbow Riches, why not add a high tech chair to enhance that superior audio, dazzling graphics and enjoy the possibility of 999 free spins?
Cloud gaming has disrupted the very core of the video gaming industry. Players no longer need to invest in costly hardware or wait until payday to splurge on the latest Fifa release. Instead, cloud gaming enables players to live access a whole library of games through subscription-based services like Origin or Google Stadia.
The best part is, all you need is a good internet connection and a laptop or computer. And no, it doesn’t have to be a hefty, expensive gaming model. Just your average spec. Accessing the latest video games has never been easier.
Analog Stick Covers
So they’re not the highest tech, but new ways of manufacturing and production mean that players can easily access branded and unbranded replacements for when things wear out. Instead of replacing that expensive wireless controller you’ve just invested in, analog stick covers will have your controller looking brand new instantly.
The fitness industry may have revolutionised wearable gaming with the likes of the FitBit and the Apple Watch. However, the gaming industry raised the bar. With technology like wearable gaming glasses, watches and gloves, players are able to further immerse themselves in the world of the game.
There are some fantastic next-level gaming technologies on the market currently, and no doubt, many more in development. The best part is that the cost of these technologies is becoming more accessible through the likes of subscription-based services and advanced flexible payment methods like Klarna or Clear-Pay.
So what are you waiting for, now’s the time to throw out those wireless remotes and invest in the next-generation wireless technology. It’s sure worth it.
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