Let’s face it; mobile gaming technology is moving at a neck breaking speed. This is attributed to the rapid advancement of tablets, smartphones, and mobile internet networks. In addition to that, newer technologies like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) has given the market a new taste of life. With this in mind, developers of mobile video games are determined to make the industry more lucrative. What’s more, the population of casual gamers continues to increase by leaps and bounds. They see mobile gaming as a convenient and a cheaper option to pass time than PC or console. Here is what you should expect in the coming years;
Mobile game streaming with 5G network
The long-awaited mobile video game streaming is now a reality, but it needs a stronger network to make it good. Most users have complained that applications like Mac and Android are inconsistent. For instance, you may be forced to reboot your device several times to access on-screen touch controls. Thankfully, there is a solution around the corner.
According to mobile game enthusiasts, a 5G network will be the game changer. Although it’s set to be rolled out across the United States in the next few years, it promises a latency of 1-2ms when on Ethernet connection. It will also be embedded on most mobile devices.
All video games to go mobile
Nowadays most people want to play video games when on the go. Without a doubt, this is where the future of mobile video gaming lies. Although Android has grown over the past few years, Apple’s iOS offers better video game selection. Some cost a few bucks while others are free. Moreover, there are hundreds of Android applications that will transform your phone/tablet to a gaming device.
It’s believed that the mobile gaming market surpasses that of a console. By 2020, Smartphone gaming will make up 40% compared to the console’s 28%. Simply put, the mobile gaming industry is expected to make around $65 billion on its own.
More smartphones capable of virtual reality and augmented reality
Virtual reality is a hot topic on mobile gaming. Due to the high demand for video games, more smartphones that support virtual reality will be produced. While iOS phones and Android support VR, they don’t do it equally well. However, even if your mobile device is compatible, you still need a headset.
Examples of smartphones that work with virtual reality include Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 5S, and Moto Z Force. They are compatible with Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, Google Daydream VR, and iPhone VR. In the coming years, we expect more devices that support virtual reality.
While augmented reality sounds like a futuristic concept, developers are ready to take advantage of the latest technological offerings. A few months ago, both Google and Apple announced their support for AR. During the same period, a high-end mobile device that supports AR (iPhone X) was introduced into the market. Ideally, augmented reality is like a new breed of virtual reality.
When playing a shooting game, augmented reality makes you feel like you’re competing with a real player through virtual means. In the coming years, more mobile video games will combine real and imaginary worlds. Of course, the mobile devices that will support AR will give a realistic experience to game enthusiasts.
Video games to dominate the market
Puzzle games are the most popular mobile games. However, the market needs to develop technologically to grab the projected audience. One company that is trying to bridge the gap between console and mobile gaming is Nintendo. The Japanese giant is also good at designing handheld devices.
There are reports that Nintendo is looking to throw some resources into on-the-go gaming, more than two decades after releasing the original Game Boy. Another interesting game is Pokémon Go. It’s expected to come with augmented reality (AR) capabilities. These two games will be free, so we expect them to pick much traction.
Multiplayer and social features
Technology continues to move towards deeper social engagement. In fact, games are considered a place where like-minded people can interact while exploring post-apocalyptic cities or blowing off zombie-brains. To make sure there is a lasting imprint on gamers, mobile developers are looking to incorporate the social aspect.
Most players are transitioning to internet gameplay modes so they expect to have even more opportunities to connect when gaming. Also, players will need real-time player vs. player engagement in the near future.
The advancement in technology is making video gaming on mobile devices as real as possible. Nowadays, the mobile video gaming experience is close to that of a console. And, when it comes to numbers, it surpasses the traditional gaming platforms.