When it comes to consumer technology, no industry is more prolific than gaming. From insanely powerful graphics cards to better and faster multiplayer communication the gaming industry is one that touches almost every aspect of modern technology with each generation.
But as we reach the supposed limit of Moore’s Law there’s only so much we can do to improve without thinking entirely outside of the box. Here’s five products that do just that.
5. Oculus VR
Ever wanted to get inside of your favourite game?
Imagine playing something like ArmA with a virtual reality headset on: all you need’s a joystick, noise cancelling headphones, an Oculus Rift VR (virtual reality) headset and maybe a fan for that realistic wind effect and you’re there.
The Oculus is a project that spawned on Kickstarter on August 1st 2012 promising to allow the user to “step into the game”. Within 24 hours of the funding opening they’d received more than they’re goal of $250,000 and by the end of the campaign they’d amassed $2,437,429. That’s a lot of money.
The reason why Oculus had such a massive amount of support was more than likely due to how good it truly was, even from the initial Dev Kit: this thing was comfortable and felt extremely vivid and life like.
Since then the company has been bought by Facebook and provided with even more funding to create the world’s first 4k virtual reality headset, and is set for release Q1 2016.
4. 4K Ultra-HD gaming
Sorry, console fans: you won’t be getting this for a while. For those whose weapon of choice is a PC, however, all you need is a 4K monitor and you’re already there.
4K is an insane leap up from the standard 1080p HD that we’re used to. I can’t even express into words how good it looks. I can, however, show you a to-scale replica (click on image):
Now, imagine gaming with that much space. Hundreds already are and you could be one of them for less than £300 (provided you have a good enough GPU).
That much extra space all adds up giving developers more places to put UI elements and more room to include the finer details. It’s truly incredible.
3. Leap Motion
Sorry, Microsoft, but the Kinect’s hand gesture system was a failure. The “Leap Motion”, on the other hand, may not be…
The device sits on your desk and works with either Mac or PC. Once it’s been plugged in and drivers have been installed you’re able to fully interact with your machine without pressing a button. Browsing the web, creating graphics and, of course, playing games can be performed with a literal flick of the wrist.
Supporting this new technology is an entire proprietary app store filled with supported titles, and as the demonstration video shows it’s already working with the Source engine making more triple-A titles a future probability.
Combine this with the first item on our list and you have an almost completely immersive gaming experience, unless of course you have the budget for…
2. Microsoft HoloLens
It’s another virtual reality headset at our #2 position: this time changing the pre-existing world rather than creating a new one.
Microsoft’s HoloLens has proven itself to be a remarkable piece of kit for gaming at E3 2015, showing off things such as interactive renditions of Minecraft worlds that pop up onto your table (yes, that video was streamed live, unedited). Just think of the possible uses: first person shooters that take place in your own household, survival games that require you to actually head into the forest.
It’s marvellous and is truly the next step in gaming. We’ve seen already tremendous success with active gaming experiences on mobile such as Zombies, Run! and Ingress and this is looking like the next step in creating multiple realities within our own.
1. NVidia GeForce Titan X
People probably weren’t expecting a graphics card to take our number 1 spot, but keep in mind that this is the future of gaming; bigger, better graphics cards powering bigger, better games.
The Titan X features 12GB of DDR3 VRAM, and requires a shocking 600W to power. No surprise, then, that it’s an insane beast at running just about anything.
The future of gaming may be these arguably gimmicky VR and AR devices, but the true near-future and present is in the incredible graphics that AAA developers are able to push out of the ever expanding hardware market, and the Titan X is a prime example of that.
Who knows what we’ll do next? The gaming industry is ever expanding; with no end in sight.