5 Ways The Video-game Industry Will Change In The Next Decade
If you are a gaming enthusiast, you will attest to the fact that the gaming industry has come a long way since the 1990s. Video games came into the limelight in the 1980s, but they were accepted into the mainstream gaming scene in 2000. Today, the video game industry boasts of over $100 billion in annual revenue and with the current technological tides, the industry’s future seems brighter and more promising.
The question, however, remains: How will the industry transform between now and 2030? Well, one fact has been and will always be clear to everyone: Games will keep becoming easier to play, more addictive, and their revenue generation avenues will keep getting diverse and fruitful. Games will continue reigning as the most common leisure activity in the current and future generations. They will continue shaping our social relationships.
Data scientists and gaming experts predict that the industry will experience massive changes within the next decade, including the growth of cloud gaming, increased number of players, adoption of new regulations, and increased digital distribution. This post explores these changes and points out 5 key trends that will redefine gaming over the next decade.
- Video localization
Video game localization services will be highly sought out in the coming years as game developers strive to penetrate international markets. American developers will have to leave their comfort zones and think of how they can transcend geographic barriers. Almost everyone, regardless of nationality, gender, social class, or age has a smart device that can support video games. The Asian market is opening up to digital products from the west and so is Africa and Latin America. Developers must, therefore, localize their video games in terms of interface, colors, graphics, and most importantly, language. The cultures and gaming habits of different people of the world must be factored into the gaming industry going forward. Without proper video game localization, developers will struggle to appeal to the increasingly demanding user expectations, consequently missing out on vital revenue-generation opportunities.
- Increased virtual purchases
The world is moving away from physical documents and discs to the more convenient digital files. A decade ago, gamers were purchasing video games in physical discs and installing them in their PCs. This trend has since been overtaken by events, with most gamers preferring to consume video game content digitally. Going forward, game developers will transition to digital distribution of video games. We can expect more digital storefronts to crop up throughout the 2020s. Game publishers such as Electronic Arts and Ubisoft are already making this transition, a move that is evidently boosting their profit margins. Everyone will be forced to follow suit.
- The rise of voice-controlled gaming
Voice-controlled gaming isn’t new, but it is now that we are about to start seeing its real potential unfold. Smart devices are now able to recognize voice commands and act on them, which means that the best of voice control is still ahead. Soon, you will not have to pick up the controller or the remote to turn the console on and off. You will be using your voice to select play from your pre-set library, to talk to your gaming system, and to command the gameplay.
- More integration of AR and VR
Virtual reality headset displays and gaming consoles as a whole will be integrated fully into the gaming industry in the coming years. They are poised to improve the gaming experience by giving users immersive virtual gaming experience, an experience where a player gets “lost” in the game only to come back to reality after the game is over.
Augmented reality, on the other hand, will allow users to have a unique perspective that is not confined to a screen, either a computer or a TV. You will be able, for example, to maneuver around the real world using AR devices and play games from crazy angles. It could be a game that you play via obstacles in your living room, kitchen, or even the backyard.
- Gaming on Raspberry Pi
Many gamers only think of using Raspberry Pi for retro gaming, not knowing that they actually can use it to play a massive selection of today’s most sophisticated games. Minecraft PE, for example, is designed to run on the Raspberry Pi. The collection of computer video games that will be compatible with your Raspberry Pi will only grow through the 2020s.
Without a doubt, we are likely to witness dramatic changes in the video game industry over the next decade. Changes in digital gaming distribution, cloud gaming, and integration of sophisticated technology will be some of the key highlights between now and 2030. As such, game developers need to roll up their sleeves and start covering ground in readiness to these imminent changes.