Now and next: the future of mobile gaming
Rapid advancements in technology and greater connectivity have seen mobile gaming evolve phenomenally over the past few years. In fact, 2017 was the biggest year for the games software industry to date, with total revenue from mobile play smashing the £1 billion mark.
What’s more, almost half of all UK mobile users now use their device to play games – that’s more than those who use smartphone apps to stream music (32%), read the news (33%) or do online banking (40%). This rise in player numbers, combined with the continuous flow of innovative new game releases on the market, leaves only one question on every keen gamer’s mind: what could possibly come next?
Blurring Boundaries with VR and AR
The future of mobile gaming looks to further distort the boundaries between the virtual and real world. In recent years, much excitement has been sparked amongst gamers thanks to developments in virtual reality (VR) technology. Mobile is probably a more exciting and promising platform for VR, as smartphones have proved to be the most convenient, user-friendly and accessible gaming device available. Most of us already own a smartphone, and players don’t have to dig deep into their pockets for the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. The Google Cardboard can be purchased for less than £20; users attach it to their phone, download any of the currently available VR game apps, and enjoy an immersive VR experience wherever they choose to play.
It’s still relatively early doors for VR, yet iOS game apps like Germbuster (where you can walk around shooting germs with a bubble pistol) and Zombie Shooter VR (where you enter a post-apocalyptic universe to blast the undead) are giving players a serious taste of the technology’s potential.
Game developers are also pushing the limits of augmented reality (AR). AR differs from VR in the fact that it places virtual objects in the real world, rather than placing gamers in virtual surroundings. AR has been on the up since the huge success of Pokémon Go in 2016. In fact, many predict it will overtake VR gaming because it creates a more social experience. Players aren’t isolating themselves within a headset; they’re encouraged to go outside to interact with fellow players and real environments. Gamers can expect the popularity of AR mobile games, therefore, to boom in the coming years.
The Rise of the Online Casino
Mobile gaming trends are also proving slots aren’t just for gamblers. Immersive storylines, engaging bonus features and graphics to rival those found in your favourite Xbox and PlayStation titles mean mobile slots are beginning to catch the attention of modern millennial gamers, causing a big rise in the number of online casino players.
Downloadable online casino apps provide players with hundreds and hundreds of slots to choose from (in additional to plenty of table games like blackjack, poker and roulette), all conveniently located in one place. Players can enjoy snazzy, fast-paced titles like Twin Spin Deluxe and Quick Hit Platinum, which give the classic fruit machine a retro reboot; they can even play alongside today’s biggest movie stars in film tie-in slots like Planet of the Apes and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
And it’s not just the expanding slot game selection that’s exciting. The gambling industry is undergoing big changes to make online gambling fairer for players, with casino sites beginning to scrap hidden terms like wagering requirements in favour of a more transparent approach. This is all good news for mobile players.
Superb and Seamless Gameplay
As well as the types of games we play, the devices we use are also continuously evolving. The big tech firms and smartphone manufacturers are always working towards mobiles with faster processors, better high-resolution displays and bigger batteries. This means users’ mobile gaming experiences will improve as their devices become even better suited to providing top quality gameplay.
Indeed, the future of mobile gaming looks bright.