Few industries change as quickly as video gaming, and 2017 looks to provide plenty more products that will revolutionize the way that we stay entertained.
It looks to be a big year for hardware as Microsoft aim to give us the most powerful gaming console of all-time with the Xbox Project Scorpio. This fascinating console is expected to arrive in the months leading up to Christmas, and as well as being fully VR-compatible, it will also be a true 4K system, unlike the recently released Sony PlayStation Pro.
This will enable 2160p, 60 frame-per-second content for gaming and streaming, and with 8GB of graphics memory, it’s clear that the Xbox Scorpio is going to be hard to beat.
But in light of Nintendo’s surprising console-handheld hybrid, it’s clear that processing power isn’t everything. The Nintendo Switch has already been one of the biggest stories of 2017 so far with 1.5 million in sales in just a matter of weeks.
The fact that Nintendo would want to sacrifice processing power for convenience may have surprised many. But with the mobile games market now worth a staggering $37 billion, it’s clear that catering to gamers on the go is an increasingly important issue.
Last year saw Nintendo making the long overdue move into mobile gaming with Super Mario Run, and there are plenty of other big mobile titles on the horizon with the likes of Alto’s Odyssey and Titanfall: Frontline expected to be massive hits.
But anybody who’s read Lucky Nugget Casino’s post about gaming trends will know that even phone gambling is due to get a big revamp in the coming months thanks to the arrival of virtual reality technologies.
Last year saw HTC Vive edging out Oculus Rift as the premium VR headset of choice, but all indications are that people are favoring VR options at the lower end of the price range.
Google have already shipped over 10 million of the ultra-cheap Cardboard headsets since its launch in 2014, and we can expect an intense battle between Google and the Samsung Gear VR headset as more games get developed for this new budget VR gaming realm.
But with Google announcing ambitious plans to make even the boxes for their mobile phones fully-functioning VR machines, it shows that whether we’re playing mobile casino games, or standard arcade titles, we can expect our games to get a lot more intense!