From the long-ago days of coin-operated arcade games, joysticks, floppy disks, consoles, handheld LCDs, and the like, the world of gaming has dramatically evolved to the crystal clear graphics and mind-blowing effects that we see today. In fact, with the pandemic bringing in more investment to the sector as games turn into social lifelines, the gaming industry is set to exhibit even more progress and reach greater heights in the coming years.
In the face of all these exciting changes, it can sometimes be difficult to stop and consider all the work that goes into making these innovations possible. For this reason, this article will take stock of some technological advancements that have shaped gaming as we know it. Here’s a list of four technological advancements that have rocked the gaming world
1. 3D Graphics Cards
Initially, we were limited to either text-based games or two-dimensional graphics. While these do have their nostalgic place in gaming history, the development of 3D graphics cards and the resulting advent of 3D graphics enabled the rise of realism. Eventually, game developers started to aim for the higher standards of computer graphics and movie graphics. By the mid-1990s, special graphic processors with 3D cards enabled the development of more sophisticated graphics, enabling the creation of realistic textures, and enabling in-game interactions between objects. Later on, shaders were added to the picture that enables special effects like shadows, motion blur, and increased depth of field.
PCBs serve as the brains of most, if not all, electronic devices. So, it isn’t surprising that they can be found in every gaming accessory out there, such as mechanical keyboards, gaming mouse models, and controllers, as well as in all gaming platforms including consoles, PCs, and smartphones. Unlike traditional circuit boards, these components were created in a 3D footprint library, so mechanical design workflows were already integrated into the design platform. This reduced the number of revisions companies had to do, streamlining the PCB manufacturing process. With applications like this, PCB manufacturers can now make robust circuit boards that are specifically made to withstand repeated use. Complex PCBs that can support haptic technologies, and assist in integrating them into modern video games, are also easier to make these days, thanks to the continuous developments surrounding PCB manufacturing.
3. Gaming smartphones
A few decades ago, only those that were able to save up for a PC or a console are the ones able to enjoy the many wonders of gaming. However, with the advent of smartphones with powerful processors, the gaming experience was successfully transported from arcades and living rooms into the palms of every smartphone owner. This significant development not only brought digital gaming into the mainstream, but also introduced a new gaming platform that is far more accessible and has a wider reach. With 5G boosting raw speed up to a staggering 10Gbps and lowering latency, smartphones will become an even more viable medium through which people can play mobile versions of popular online PC games such as Call of Duty and Fortnite.
4. Voice Control
Moving beyond visuals, games that include voice recognition are now becoming more popular. You can turn consoles on and off through the power of your voice and use voice control commands to control gameplay. It’s even becoming a key component of more recent video games. For instance, voice control is the main aspect of The 3% Challenge, which is a free multiplayer collaboration between Doppio Games and Netflix. It is based on the original Netflix series, using technology integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. “With AI changing the landscape of gaming, we are revolutionizing the gaming industry with captivating gaming experiences that can’t be achieved on any other platforms,” said Jefferson Valadares, Doppio Games’ CEO. “As users seek ways to get the most from their devices, voice control could evolve to outpace touch control, with The 3% Challenge leading the way.”
With the passage of time, technological advancements grow even more innovative, leading to the creation of incredibly immersive and imaginative games, much to the delight of the global gaming community. Who knows what’s coming next?