Video games change and we often embrace the changes. When technology gets a leap, we are quick to pick it up, even if it is bleeding edge and will be likely to have problems in a year or two. Early adopters, both in the world of consumers and the professional world, might have problems with their hardware or software, but there is a lot of excitement to be the first person using a device.
Gaming is one of the first industries to use new technologies and make the most of them. Video games change and adapt and 2022 is already here and has brought a couple of changes.
Here are the most interesting gaming trends you can expect to see in 2022.
Virtual reality gaming has been waiting for its time to shine. Now, while 2022 might not be the time when VR gaming takes over, it is certainly possible that we will be seeing more VR titles being implemented and used across the gaming industry.
VR titles are getting more by the number, which makes us think that the year of VR gaming is upon us. However, that can be said for almost any year prior to 2022, when the number of VR titles was steadily increasing.
The thing is that high profile games are getting the VR treatment, like GTA, Minecraft and even Doom. Whether you like a sandbox survival game or you are more of a shooter player, there will be a VR title with your name on it.
Esports is Back
Esports took a break, or rather, it was pretty bleak in the years during the Covid pandemic, namely 2020 and 2021. 2022 is looking like a much better year for esports, with most leagues returning to LAN events, namely League of Legends and CS: GO. Major tournaments will certainly be played in person, while some will still be online. Battle royales like Apex Legends are still mostly online, with only a couple of LAN events.
Whether online or in person, 2022 is already a much better year for esports. Views are on the rise and more and more people are getting familiar and accepting of the term.
Blockchain in Gaming
This is not what most gamers want to see, but microtransactions rule video games today. Notably, Ubisoft and Square Enix have already laid plans for introducing non-refundable tokens or NFTs into their games.
While most people are against it, the publishers deem that gamers will be using NFTs and will trade them for cosmetics and other items that only have worth within the game’s ecosystem. The power expenditure is also taken into consideration, but most gamers unfortunately know little or care about the environment and energy consumption.
Cloud Gaming Might Become Possible
This is a topic which large companies have tried to make happen for a long time, however, with little to no success. Cloud gaming is really latency-bound, which is problematic if a server is thousands of miles away.
However, with 5G being implemented everywhere, there might be a possibility of cloud gaming actually becoming viable, if not in 2022, then in the years to come. Companies will surely be pushing for their products, even though they are certainly not ready.
2022 is upon us and these are some of the gaming trends that you can expect to see mentioned during the year.