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A decade of gaming advancements: From games console to high-tech entertainment hub

Over the last decade, game consoles have made huge leaps forward. With basic game consoles now a thing of the past, nowadays these smart bits of tech are far more sophisticated in terms of their hardware capabilities, multimedia features, online connectivity, and user experiences.


Gaming

Casting your mind back to the retro era of gaming, back in 2000 Microsoft released the Xbox, the very first online gaming network. This was closely followed by Sony who released their PlayStation 2. Fast forward to 2023 and, as well as new and improved Xbox models and PlayStations, you’ve also got mobile gaming options like the Nintendo Switch.


With so many new and exciting gaming consoles for different types of players, it’s no wonder the gaming industry is worth a staggering 4.66 billion British pounds.

What are some of the biggest advancements in the gaming industry?


Graphics processing unit (GPU)

The GPU is one of the most important types of computing technology. Broadly speaking, in the gaming industry, GPUs are used for graphics and video rendering.

Over time, GPUs have evolved to cover far more than the rendering of 3D graphics. Clever programmers have started tapping into GPUs to create more interesting visual effects and realistic scenes during the gameplay. One example of this is raytracing, where lighting effects mimic the natural movement of light.


Storage technology such as memory and RAM

Another one of the most notable advancements in tech is how far games have come in terms of their storage. Games nowadays will have memory (otherwise as RAM) and storage. RAM is important for your system as it allows you to play games in high resolution. Storage on the other hand refers to how much memory there is to download a new game or how much space there is on the hard drive.


Manufacturers now have access to sophisticated tools such as circuit design simulators to optimise the console’s performance abilities, so you might need the additional RAM!


Online connectivity

Gone are the days of playing alone. Nowadays online connectivity is the norm when it comes to gaming. As well as being able to play video games without the need to download or install games on a PC or console, there are a whole host of streaming services now available on Xbox and PlayStation. With that being said, it’s always worth doing your product research to find which type of console best suites your gaming needs.

One of the most notable examples of cloud gaming is Fortnite with Xbox Series X being the console of choice for an optimum experience which has an average of 239 million monthly players!


How is the gaming industry changing?

It’s impossible to say exactly what’s going to shake up the gaming industry in years to come. However, experts have predicted that two trends will prevail as the gaming industry evolves. Firstly, there’s the Metaverse which is set to make games more immersive. Then, there are new revenue streams. It’s thought that gamers will be able to trade, sell and transfer NFTs across different gaming platforms, opening up a world of opportunity when it comes to digital revenue.


There are mixed predictions of what’s next for the industry. But one thing’s for sure: it’s an exciting time for the wonderful world of gaming.


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