Video games have always been the pioneers of adopting new and innovative technology to create an immersive and unique experience for their audience. Many of the technologies are still relatively new and have received immense popularity due to the way in which they have been implemented by the gaming industry.

Here are a few technological advancements that are making an impact on the way we experience games:

Facial recognition and 3D scanning technology in devices allow gamers to impose their own likeness on their characters or avatars in the gaming world. This allows them to inventively view and recreate their expressions and reactions onto digital creations. Some devices use a 3D camera that allows developers to accurately map a user’s face and create accurate portrayals of emotion in their gaming persona. Or in other words, have their characters react in the digital world exactly how they would in the real world. This allows developers to create games that change depending on the emotions of the gamer. For example, the difficulty can increase or decrease depending on the emotion shown on the gamer’s face.

Voice control and recognition is ideal for a lazy gamer. You can speak a command to gaming consoles directly to carry out certain tasks like updating or downloading a new game. Although voice control in gaming is nothing new, it looks like it might finally be reaching its full potential as computers and gaming consoles are easily able to recognize voice commands. This is not limited to just switching the devices on and off, but voice commands can also be used to control gameplay, interact on social media, play specific songs from your music library or even surf the internet, simply by speaking to the gaming device.

Maybe in the future, there will be no need for a controller. It’s safe to say that is the aim of gesture control technology. It has already been incorporated in many games like first-person shooters, where with just a few waves of the hand, gamers are able to connect to gaming consoles and take control of digital characters using the natural movements of their body. This is made possible using a 3D camera which tracks 22 separate points in a person’s hand and imposes the movements onto their digital counterpart.

It has been a long road since the early days of 8-bit graphics in gaming. Faster processing and cutting edge technological advancements mean that gamers can experience games in completely rendered worlds with hyper-realistic textures. The ability to create such visually stunning and appealing games only increases playability with gamers and the higher image quality makes the game even more immersive and realistic.

Graphics in gaming are the hook for enticing gamers new and old. Games are only enhanced and offer more engaging gameplay if they appear visually stunning. This is where the rise of 4K is so important. It should be noted that it is not just the consoles that are creating games that run on high graphics but it is our screens as well. With mesmerizing colors and crispness, high definition graphics ensure that it promises an experience unlike any other.

Although it is yet to realize it’s full potential commercially, virtual reality headsets and games are poised to give gamers a totally immersive gaming experience unlike any other. Virtual reality has made it possible for gamers to figuratively transport themselves into their favorite gaming franchises or even play as the central character in a game.

Augmented reality allows gamers to experience a unique perspective and style of playing games. It uses spaces and objects within the real world to create the objects and artifacts in a game applicable to real-life situations. This creates endless possibilities for gamers to explore the real world in a digital format. The movements of the players and the angle in which the camera is interacting with the real world causes significant changes in the gameplay. For example, gamers can play air hockey on the dining table or take part in a puzzle via obstacles in their own backyard.

Gaming devices are becoming lighter and easier to carry. Enabling gamers to have access to their favorite games wherever they may be. One of the best outcomes of this is the growing prominence of portable gaming devices and wearable gaming devices. Although wearable technology was initially only intended to track and map fitness, it has been implemented into various facets of on-the-go gaming as well. Wearables have now become extensions of the body as well as for gaming consoles too.

Due to their mass availability and advancements in their processing capabilities, smartphones have become very popular devices for gaming. Whether it is on the train or laying on the sofa, smartphones provide gamers with the opportunity to access and play games from anywhere. Maybe due to the fact that almost everyone has a smartphone on them at prolonged periods of time during the day, game developers are creating more games specifically designed for smartphones.

Game developers are developing ways of bypassing the requirement of creating video game systems that require powerful gaming hardware using cloud computing. Gamers are not limited by the amount of memory on their consoles or memory sticks for storing game data. This also opens up possibilities for creating accessibility for games that require high processing and memory usage to be playable from anywhere as long as they have access to the internet.

With the rising popularity of game streaming services, gamers can watch and share live-streams of their preferred games. But many gaming giants have started offering games as an on-demand service in the format of a monthly subscription. This is similar to the way movie and TV streaming services work but the key and obvious difference being that this service is reserved for games only. This allows gamers to have access to all of the games featured on the on-demand service and sometimes even get a sneak-peak into new and upcoming gaming titles exclusively.