2022 has seen businesses relying on incredible technological innovations — such as AI, virtual reality, and robotics — to stay competitive. Being up-to-date with cutting-edge technology is like having a card up your sleeve for companies, as it helps streamline processes and boost efficiency. Most importantly, it allows businesses to distinguish themselves from the competition. This is particularly true for online gaming, where companies must entice players with the freshest technologies.
Today’s gaming world has become even more dynamic, with innovations like virtual reality, 4k gaming, and the blockchain heightening the video game experience. With this, you can bet your bottom dollar that technologies will continue to grow in 2023. Here are just a few trends you can look forward to.
Mobile gaming will continue to dominate the industry.
Mobile gaming seems to be a mainstay in the gaming industry. According to Globe Newswire, the global mobile gaming market is expected to be worth a whopping $209.12 billion (€206.6 billion) by 2026. And one of its best selling points is the ease of access and the endless genre variety. For poker, players can enjoy a wide variety of game app selections that serve different purposes. The most impressive poker apps not only allow you to play for real money, but they also allow you to provide training on strategies and let you compete with friends. Meanwhile, genres like casual gaming — and titles like Candy Crush, Crossy Road, and Plague Inc. — remain popular due to similar variety, high playability, and easy access. This kind of versatility is shared by other types of games available on mobile, allowing it to continue dominating the industry.
Cloud gaming will regain a competitive edge.
Cloud gaming is designed to allow users to play the same games across different devices. Also known as gaming on demand or gaming as a service, it enables you to play online games on a remote server as long as you have an internet connection. Although it’s been around since the late 2000s, it has struggled against console and computer games. But with faster connectivity like fiber and 5G, it has regained a competitive edge, especially since it occupies less storage space in your devices. As such, cloud gaming can expand in the following year.
The metaverse will continue to grow.
The metaverse was meant to be a digital world that runs parallel to the real one, where users can socialize, play games, and make purchases. Although alienating for many at first, it seems that more and more games are following suit. Some metaverses already exist in popular video games today, like Roblox, Minecraft, and Fortnite. Here, players can emulate real-life places, events, and activities in virtual spaces. This wildcard in gaming continues to grow, with social media users becoming used to virtual life. And with newer technologies like AR and VR, metaverse dreams of immersive experiences are coming closer to reality — which is great for games with heavy social elements like bingo and poker. These possibilities can only be further realized in the coming years.
Blockchain and P2E games will stay.
Blockchain and play-to-earn (P2E) games let users play for crypto token rewards. Games like Axie Infinity and The Sandbox have exhibited the expansive possibilities of digital assets in online games. Although many of these games currently lack a decent user experience, just being able to generate income through them is enough for players to stay. So although it is relatively new in online gaming, P2E games will continue to grow in 2023.
Technology has revolutionized gaming. With 2023 on the horizon, players can look forward to even more exciting innovations.