In the gaming industry, there’s no shortage of creative ingenuity or technical innovation. It’s a fast-paced world that’s always looking to the future and pushing in exciting new directions. As such, the way we game has shifted wildly in recent years, and it continues to evolve thanks to the many bright minds in the gaming tech sphere layer new ideas onto each groundbreaking achievement.
From groundbreaking advances in online gaming interaction to outright mind control, let’s look at a few of the latest gaming trends and cool hardware that’s shaping the future.
Broadcasting Gameplay Online
Until recently, livestreaming your gameplay to the web was an option limited to only the most tech-savvy PC users, but the massive popularity of the Twitch platform has grown tremendously since it was incorporated into latest gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One. The ability to effortlessly hit a button and broadcast your gameplay and commentary live to the in real-time is revolutionizing social gaming in a big way. It gives gamers new ways to connect and share their experiences as well as a platform for many young entrepreneurs to create content and earn an income from their online video channels.
PC Gaming’s Living Room Invasion
Serious PC gaming enthusiasts are a dedicated lot, though there’s been a growing trend towards luring these players out from their dark LED-illuminated tech caves and into the fresh air and sunlight. On one hand you have Valve’s upcoming “Steam Machine” rigs that pack a powerful PC gaming in a console-like, living-room friendly system designed for large screen TVs. On the other hand, you have graphics maker Nvidia going the portable route with its new Shield and Shield Tablet handheld systems that both let you game on the go AND feature options for streaming PC-quality games directly to your hands. Either way, 2014 and beyond is bringing some interesting options to the table for the PC gaming crowd.
Controlling games with the power of your mind might sound like something pulled straight from a sci-fi flick, but it’s actually already possible using present-day technology — albeit in a limited scope. Forward-thinking companies like NeuroSky and Emotiv have developed wearable biosensor headset interfaces that measure your brain waves, allowing you to actually play games and control computer interfaces with your brainwaves. It’s crazy cool, though the tech is still evolving and limited to more simplistic gaming experiences. We expect big things on this front in the future as these devices are improved and fine-tuned.
Calling Gaming Trendsetters
What do you think will be the big innovations in 2015? Will the Xbox and Playstation battle continue to heat up or will a new system blow them out of the water? What do you have your eye on for next year? Share in the comments below or on our Facebook wall!