You are being chased by a dark and evil megalomaniac, and you are the only one who can defeat him. You run around the forest, searching desperately for your defence, feeling the cold breeze following close behind you. Finally, you run into your biggest weapon, a dragon. You hop on to the reptile and together, you burn your enemy to crisp—all this while staying in your living room! This is the future of gaming, where the lines between the virtual and real are blurred by HD and haptic technology.
Rather than a recreational pastime, gaming is the catapult for new and emerging technologies. With developers and engineers outdoing each other in creating gadgets and applications that have slowly trickled into the common smartphone user’s life, gaming is defining the platform that leads to technological innovation. Some of these innovations in consoles and accessories are the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the virtual reality display Oculus Rift.
For instance, the Oculus Rift is a virtual reality head-mounted display. It creates a virtual reality using two HD screens for each eye, making the user feel as if he is actually a part of the game rather than a player. Along with new immersive audio technology, the Oculus Rift actually makes the user expect to feel the breath of a graphic dinosaur in front of him.
Another exciting gaming accessory is the set of Kinect-compatible 3D glasses that use eye and head tracking, and active shutter 3D to provide an enhanced experience. Many gaming engineers are focussing on delivering the perfect virtual reality experience to the user and are even coming up with projects similar to the Oculus Rift, but which track the entire body instead of just the head movement. With such gaming experiences not too far away for average gamers, the future of gaming is already eyeing the next step—augmented reality.
Augmented reality experiences are being researched, as is the case with the Xbox IllumiRoom. This gaming accessory intends to project the TV screen onto your living room walls and any nearby objects as well—making the experience more immersive.
Even gaming consoles like the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Gamepad, have adapted to technology trends and built in features such as screen sharing, virtual console sharing, gameplay recording, voice and gesture controls with embedded motion sensors, and thousands of compatible applications to choose from.
Another way to increase the ‘real feel’ of a gamer’s experience is through the sense of touch. Technological innovation and growing sophistication of haptic technology allows users to feel what is virtual and is an added advantage and tool for game developers. All these latest technologies combined together can form a formidable gaming future that will probably look, smell, and feel like reality, taking immersive technology to a whole new level.
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