Mobile gaming has progressed considerably in the past couple of years. Finding insurmountable potential in the industry, more and more developers are also releasing new and exciting games on a daily basis, thereby contributing to its growth even further.
There was a time when mobile games were limited by functionalities and hardware. However, there has been many major advancements in the same in recent times which have given a boost to the industry. Some of these are:
1. Gesture Control
Gesture control is one of the most unique technologies that has been incorporated in the mobile games. For instance, the Intel RealSense Technology allows you to play a number of games with you simply waving your hands in front of a 3D camera that’s capable of tracking 22 different points in your hand.
An excellent example of the RealSense Technology is the Warrior Wave game in which your goal is to guide Ancient Greek soldiers to safety with your hand movements.
2. Virtual reality
You can’t talk about advancement in the gaming industry and not mention virtual reality (VR). At this point in time, the technology is exploding with some of the biggest game developing companies like Capcom (Resident Evil VI) and Bethesda (Fallout 4, Skyrim) pouring money in developing VR-versions of their popular console/PC games.
For mobile gaming, Google Cardboard certainly created a pathway for mobile VR. It was a simple headset that anyone could easily afford but at the same time enjoy a unique and immersive gaming experience.
Today, there are many VR games on the Play Store like Insurgent VR, VR Cosmic Roller Coaster, etc. and more are being added on a constant basis.
3. Augmented Reality
Augmented reality (AR) may not offer as immersive of a gaming experience as virtual reality but it’s quite powerful and useful nonetheless.
Unlike VR, in which you are literally taken to a virtual world, AR applies virtual elements on the real world. So, while you see the world around you as it is, an AR app can place virtual entities in the same, such as an attacking monster, or a virtual board of chess for you to play.
One of the reasons why AR is important for us is that it has some real-life practical uses too. For instance, it can tag all the locations in your town with a virtual fabric so that you can find the ratings and prices of hotels and bars hovering above their establishments on your mobile display as you turn it towards them.
4. Mobile Gambling
Not only mobile gambling has become a multi-billion dollar industry, it’s one of the biggest contributors to the growth of mobile gaming as well.
There are literally hundreds of amazing online or mobile casino games that you can play on the fly including the classics like roulette, poker, slots, and blackjack, as well as many new variants that are based on popular movies and celebrities, etc.
In many countries where live casinos are banned, mobile gaming is also a great alternative that’s enjoyed by the people today.
5. Graphical Advancement
One of the most striking observations that you can make between the games of today and those of a few years ago is the graphics.
Before the Android and iOS platforms became so popular, all the standard OS on the mobiles had a limited functionality that worked with a modest hardware. However, today the handset industry has become highly advanced and competitive, and you can find ultra fast mobiles with HD displays for the right price easily.
What’s more, many smartphones now have dedicated GPUs and powerful processors that have 6-8 cores. In fact, the well-known gaming hardware company Razer recently launched its own ultimate gaming smartphone.
Configurations like these are now allowing the mobile games developers to use high quality textures and other power-intensive visual aspects for their games to deliver a console-like gaming experience.
Today, smartphones have created a huge community of mobile gamers from around the world. As these users are increasing on a daily basis, it’s safe to say that we can expect even more powerful technologies in the mobile gaming industry and more breathtaking games soon.
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