Future Of Mobile Gaming Systems Revealed
Computer and video games are popular worldwide. The overwhelming majority of people playing video games do so because they are entertaining, mental exercises, or to pass the time. A video game is a computer or video game that includes interaction with a user either through a keyboard, mouse, joystick, or other motion sensitive device, to generate virtual visual feedback with his/her actions in the game world. There are several types of computer games, each having different objectives and goals, though there are some common components that the majority of computer and video games share.
Console gaming (and video gaming in general) started out on obsolete home computers in the 1990s. At that time, it was difficult to find a good game, since the game consoles were expensive and weren’t a common gift on most peoples’ Christmas lists. However, with the development of the PlayStation and Xbox, gaming has become an expensive mainstream activity. Many adults now spend at least part of their hard-earned cash on console gaming systems.
Mobile gaming, also known as handheld gaming devices, such as Nintendo’s portable PSP, handheld consoles like Sony’s PSP and Microsoft’s Xbox, and video game systems like the Wii and Nintendo Wii have all come a long way from their initial roots. Even with the popularity of handheld consoles like the PSP, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox, the gaming market is still a billion dollars a year industry. The sheer size of the gaming market is partly a function of how simple it is to develop games for these platforms. Much of the initial cost of these video game systems can be attributed to the slim design and lack of specialized hardware necessary to make them run properly.
The lack of specialized gaming hardware required to run console based software and games has forced game design companies and programmers to create game engines from scratch in order to support the ever-growing need for high quality video games. This has caused a serious bottleneck in the development process. Video game designers and programmers must be able to create games quickly and efficiently in order to meet the demand placed upon them by eager gaming consumers. This is a serious handicap for the small upstart companies and independent game programmers who are attempting to compete with the established names in the industry. Larger studios and game programmers with multiple studios scattered around the globe are more able to maintain a consistent quality output due to the greater amount of time they have to devote to creating new games rather than the constant attention that must be devoted to the demands of consumers.
With so many technological advancements in recent years, one can only imagine what new types of multimedia applications may be developed for video gaming platforms in the future. One of the most exciting possibilities is the possibility of full body suits that allow gamers to experience a full range of physical motion. Other possibilities include augmented reality glasses that allow users to interact with digital worlds using their eyesight instead of keyboard, mouse, and Game Pad. A less exciting but potentially more revolutionary idea is the development of holographic 3D video games. These holographic displays use two cameras to produce a three dimensional effect that simulates the effect of a real world environment including, but not limited to, weather, trees, and other objects.
The mobile gaming industry is currently in the early stages of development but is quickly on its way to becoming the next generation of traditional video games. In the coming years, it is possible that all video games will be produced for mobile devices with the same high quality and interactivity as their larger counterparts. As consumers become accustomed to using mobile devices to access the internet and perform other tasks, there is no doubt that virtual reality technologies will continue to advance in both quality and quantity. By the year 2015, video games will not only be available for smart phones and handheld computers but will also be available for the top video game consoles such as the Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii.