In 2024, the world of gaming looks as promising as ever. We can look forward to many innovations and developing technologies that promise to improve the gaming experience and more immersive than ever. Let’s look at the key trends and share a few predictions as we examine everything from edge computing to interactive casino games and sustainable tech.
First, we can expect games to get even faster in 2024 as the 5G revolution takes shape. 5G will lead to a marked reduction in loopback latency – the delay between pressing a button and a character acting – that should make a real difference to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) games. Indeed, AR and VR games are expected to grow; some analysts believe they could achieve 50% of the total online gaming market share by the end of the year. Edge computing, where the processing and rendering of games is offloaded to data centers closer to the network’s edge, is another way to reduce latency that could help further improve gaming quality.
After years of questions and false starts, we are also predicting a notable expansion of the metaverse in 2024, while the addition of digital currencies and other digital assets such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) could add a whole new element to metaverse finance. Similarly, we can also expect more interactive and virtual elements in the world of online casinos and poker games, while other 2024 gambling trends are set to include a more personalized experience, instant-play casinos, and a similar influx of crypto and other blockchain technologies.
Sophisticated and sustainable play
Of course, we can also expect to see artificial intelligence (AI) continue to grow in importance across the entire gaming field and beyond. The development of AI-based characters, in particular, should become more sophisticated, while AI-based open-source models could even lead to more independent game development.
Quantum computing is another area of potential interest for tech-minded gamers. Thanks to their advanced processing power, quantum computers are capable of producing far sharper graphics and faster load times. There are already special quantum games being developed, and quantum computing should lead to greater randomization and better accessibility which will help to create a more immersive and interactive experience.
The rise in significant sustainable tech solutions
Finally, 2024 may also see the first significant rise in sustainable tech solutions in gaming. Given the intense use of technology that is integral to the gaming world, sustainability may feel a long way off in this arena right now. Experts, however, have predicted an increased focus on solutions such as energy-efficient hardware, optimized game engines, cloud gaming, and renewable energy adoption that will help kickstart the move to more sustainable practices in the years and decades to come.