The video game industry is easily one of the most innovative ones out there. We cannot name all the technologies that were invented solely for this purpose but have evolved over the years, and we are using them for a wide array of different fields nowadays. To be precise, there are more of these than we can count, that’s for sure. At the same time, every year, we have new titles coming up and each of them is implementing something entirely new, which wasn’t known within the industry before that.
The same can be said about titles that are coming out for PC and consoles like PlayStation and Xbox. The release of PS 5 is something that has attracted significant interest from a lot of people. Even some developers like Konami said that they will focus their future titles for PS only for the fifth version of this console. Without a doubt, 2021 is the year of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X.
It’s the year of next-generation consoles and forward-thinking technologies. The future is here, and while the world of technology and media has taken a hit due to the events of 2020, there are still a lot of exciting advancements around the corner and these could be realised before the year is over. Also, we can see that all the trends on the market are showing that we can expect much more innovations to reach us in the future.
With that said, let’s look at some of the most innovative game technologies for 2021.
Don’t roll your eyes! We know that you’ve seen virtual reality included on every list about “tech advancements” for the last decade or so, but 2021 is the year that it took a huge leap forward. The titles like CyberPunk 2007 have shown only a small percentage of what we can expect from future games when it comes to VR. Furthermore, we can see that some VR was already shown with consoles like Nintendo Wii. Everybody remembers games like tennis and bowling.
Not only have we seen more money being spent on VR equipment and technology, but we’ve also seen the release of massive mainstream titles like Half-Life Alyx. Half-Life fans have been waiting for a new game for years and Alyx was a big coup for the VR industry. Many experts who know a good deal about this industry say that the next installment in the Half-Life franchise will be the one that sets the highest quality of VR in motion.
It’s a technology that’s also being utilised in the online gambling sector thanks to slots like Gonzo’s Quest VR. We may soon see it on poker rooms and bingo sites, so do check out sites that list them. The lockdown helped to accelerate the launch of these technologies as there was more of a demand for communal gaming that remained safe and contact-free. The best of VR is yet to be seen. But it will happen much sooner than many anticipate.
Facial recognition has reached the point where it is now possible to capture your face with a webcam and use it to create detailed in-game avatars. Developers are also working on 3D cameras that can react to your facial movements. Sure, this is a technology that is already used to some capacity. However, with it being available in things like video games, you can be sure that it will become much more accessible to common folk than before.
Think back to LA Noire, a game that was considered revolutionary because it used detailed character faces that you could study to determine if they were lying or not. We are talking about a highly popular Rockstar Games title that has won a lot of hearts in the last couple of years. Now imagine the same thing happening with your face. The game could potentially read your emotions and react accordingly.
It will take a few years before we reach that point, but we could see facial recognition being used in 2021 and 2022, paving the ground for future advancements to come. There are several indications that these two years will be the right time to make the most out of this technology. You will certainly agree that it would be a shame if this technology doesn’t the heights developers are dreaming about for the last two decades.
For this segment, we will mention the Nintendo Wii console again. Truly, it was a revolutionary device that still has a lot of influence on today’s developers. Augmented reality and virtual reality have explored the possibilities of in-game interactions. and gesture controls could take things to another level. With WII, the movements you made are followed with the same movements within the game, which is nothing less exceptional.
There are already cameras out there that that can detect multiple different gestures, and in time, we could see these being used on mainstream video games. Imagine signaling to the referee that it’s time to make a change in a football management game or playing games of tennis and basketball without any controllers. We will see much more out of this technology in the future, you can be certain of that.
One of the biggest innovations introduced by next-gen gaming systems is the reduction in loading times. It’s one of the biggest complaints in modern gaming and as graphics improved and game worlds got bigger, it seemed to have been getting worse. Thanks to the new Xbox and PlayStation, however, you can load previous games with ease and even switch between multiple games without needing to wait for a longwinded loading screen.
It means that you can play all of your favourite titles at the click of a button.
The Bottom Line
As we’ve said, there are a lot of technologies that were invented for video games, but we are using them for all sorts of things. Here, you can take a look at some of the most significant ones. Without a doubt, this industry will generate a lot of these in the years to come. We are certain that other industries will be grateful for these innovations.