45% of the total market share of the gaming industry is made up by mobile gaming. In 2019 almost one third of the world's population had played games using a gaming app. So, what is it that makes mobile gaming so popular? One of the major reasons is the simplicity of it. It is easily accessible and offers games for every different type of gamer there is. Strapping on a headset or putting a disc into a console is no longer necessary, mobile gaming allows you to play whenever you want to and wherever you are. The never ending creativity of game developers is guaranteed to produce a game that appeals for any type of gamers, no matter what your personal interests are. The growth will not stop anytime soon, as the investments made in mobile gaming startups have skyrocketed which gives us a prognosis of a bright future.
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) offers new ways of playing games. They are supposed to put you, the user, in the middle of action. The perspective is changed, from being a third person point-of-view, VR helps people feel like they are a part of the game. The first VR game, called The sword of Damocles, was invented in 1968 by Ivan Sutherland and his student Bob Sproull. VR gaming gives you the ability to throw a bowling ball or fight off zombies.
Augmented reality is similar to virtual reality but they are not the same. AR adds digital influences to real life happenings. For example, Pokemon Go does this. By using your smartphone on the environment around you, the game adds Pokemons to discover in the real world.
This is one of the newest types of gaming technology. Cloud gaming is an online library filled with games that requires no discs or any load times. It is like HBO or Netflix; but for games. A popular new example is Apple arcade. The future for cloud gaming looks bright. The Microsoft CEO of gaming has even said that because cloud gaming is such a threat to the traditional console gaming, they have stopped trying to compete with Nintendo and Playstation. Their new focus is to try and compete with the platforms that Google and Amazon are building.
This is one of the most well-known as well as the original type of gaming. Nintendo and Sega used to dominate the marketing and nowadays Playstation and Xbox have the two most popular consoles. Looking at console gaming is an easy way to follow the evolution of console gaming. In the beginning they were simple joysticks and now the Xbox series have designed microchips that can process both power and images efficiently.
There are more than 1.2 billion people gaming by using a computer. Games that are demanding graphically are no match for a good gaming computer. For those who make a living by livestreaming themselves playing games, these computers can be useful as they can both handle the games as well as make the streaming process easier. Some popular PC games are League of legends, Minecraft and Fortnite.