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Massive Trends That Will Shape The Gaming Industry This Year

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Posted January 9, 2017 by Felisha "Nightingale" Silva in Editorials

Every year gamers look forward to new changes and fresh ideas to be presented in the always changing gaming industry. But if early reports are accurate this year might alter everything, and we do mean everything. There are a lot of fresh concepts in development right now that could change how we play, how we think and even how developers approach the challenges of gaming. Let’s look at some of the trends that are sure to revolutionize the gaming world.

VR

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In 2016, VR burst into life with the release of the Playstation VR as well as several smaller devices. However, we think it’s fair to say that the impact of VR has thus far been underwhelming. The games often being nothing more than either one hour demos or add-on’s. However, you can expect that to change this year. Sony isn’t going to abandon a piece of hardware that sells out as soon as it hits the market. There will be pressure on developers to produce full size VR games and we can expect those to be released in the fourth quarter of this year. Then there’s Microsoft who have already suggested Project Scorpio will be able to handle the Oculus Rift. 2016 was the birth year of modern VR. This year, we’ll see it take flight and soar, opening up brand new worlds for gamers.

AR

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Last year Pokemon Go was one of the biggest gaming success stories. It is estimated to have made close to one billion dollars for the developers it was fairly cheap to create. It also captured the attention of more than just the gaming world. Everyone downloaded it on their phones from kids at school to bored parents. It was even famously played by a journalist during a White House briefing! Game developers were paying attention and as soon as Pokemon Go was determined to be a success plans were announced. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all announced further plans for AR games in the future. Though still in early development, there have already been tech demos. We have seen how video games like Minecraft could be given new life with augmented reality functions.

Shift To Mobile Gaming

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Of course, AR wasn’t the only lesson developers learned due to Pokemon Go. Finally, there was evidence that AAA studio games could be just as popular and successful on phones as they were on consoles. Microsoft and Sony quickly announced plans to put more of their top titles on mobile while Nintendo had already taken the first step. Nintendo’s first mobile game that was a success, Super Mario Run was released at the end of 2016. Rest assured, this was just the beginning. We bet you’ll be seeing a lot of familiar game characters on your phone this year. New titles from established brands are guaranteed.

Seamless Switching

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Finally, if you want the next big innovation in gaming, you need to keep an eye on Nintendo. For the first time, their new console is going to seamlessly ‘switch’ from mobile to console gaming using the same hardware. We don’t know what the graphics will be like or what developers will sign up to create titles. But we do know we can’t wait to try it out when it’s released in March.




About the Author

Felisha "Nightingale" Silva

Salutations! I'm Nightingale, also known to the internet world as 'Geek Mom of Awesomness'! I'm an avid gamer, artist, anime enthusiast, cosplayer, & blogger! I'm a huge Nintendo fan, & a Legend of Zelda fanatic. Growing up, while average little girls were busy playing with Barbies, I was busy mastering the Legend of Zelda, & battling Mother Brain on Super Metroid... I live for my family, my video games, and my art! Hey, wanna game with me? Here are my gamertags, feel free to add me! PS3: Myojin_of_Souls Xbox 360: xXSadisticaXx Wii U: SkywardPrincess

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