The future of video games lies is an answer to a difficult question, so I’ll start by asking- why do we play video games? Developers, and game companies, are still looking into this question. The answer holds the key to success and influence, as they produce different games with different ideas. Do we try and socialise with the use of Twitch, twitter and Facebook, or do we want to just ‘kill monsters’ or live in a life unlike ours in another galaxy or world?
Personally, it’s about playing in worlds I wouldn’t be part of in the real life. For example; I play FIFA because I was never brilliant at football, I play Halo because I believe in worlds out there and I love being a protagonist such as the Master Chief. Gaming is about being immersed into a world that is designed to be compelling and amazing. The next step, people feel, is Virtual Reality (VR). These augmentation devices are used to make us feel, and act, as if we are in the game itself. There is a contested debate surrounding this, and I feel this isn’t the next step as it goes beyond what I, as a gamer, am looking for. Yet, the industry sees this as a money pot and a way to immerse people with games. The questions they will have to answer is whether the graphicscan be as good as the top games on console or PC, and can they turn it into a device for multiple people ? Many will want to use this within their homes as a social device.
Social devices are another area developers are using to sell games, promote ideas and bring gamers together. Twitch has been popular for a while now, and this allows people to share their ‘plays of the game’ with not just friends, but the whole world. This is amplified by the consoles making it easier to share, such as Sony with a share button on their controller.
Microsoft has recently revealed their Project Scorpio, whilst also releasing the Xbox One S. Sony are also releasing their PS4.5, which will allow VR to be used. These new addition aren’t entirely new, in the definition of the word, but are slight changes that they feel are important enough to make us buy another console. This could be the end of new iterations of consoles, where we have to purchase new consoles every other year, as they seem to find less and less to upgrade. Phil Spencer, from Microsoft, said he believed one day we would just upgrade our consoles gradually rather than have new consoles. This coincides with Microsoft’s view of Xbox One being part of a family, and not forcing the people who bought the original have to buy a new console.
Finally I believe we will see TV mould with Gaming, as if to aid storytelling, Quantum Break is the first example and there should be more to come. A strong storyline catches people’s attention such as with Quantum Leap. If they could allow people to play as part of this story they will be able to give gamers something they haven’t had before.
The future of videos games has a lot to do with what we, as gamers, want from it. Some will just play games all day, others want different ways to socialise, some as a multimedia device with apps galore, and other will always want to be different. The industry will have a tricky few years building future consoles and devices to best immerse today’s gamers.