Month: March 2019

Top 10 Future Video Game Consoles To Prepare For

The future of game consoles is an interesting one. Xbox chief Phil Spencer has said that the future of gaming depends on a software platform’s ability to, I quote, “service developers need to serve an ongoing set of users,” commenting on how games like, GTA V and Destiny are the kinds that players keep returning to. And that consoles need to keep up with the demand for this longevity. On the other hands, others think consoles will fall in line with the speedy releases of tech like the iPhone.

Regardless of what you believe, there’s definitely lots of talk about the kinds of consoles we’ll one day see on our store shelves. So today, we’re bringing you our top 10 future video game consoles to prepare for the list.

10 iPhone X Let’s start this list off with one that you’ve probably heard a lot of buzzes about but wouldn’t necessarily consider a console. But, maybe you should. Research firm Newzoo reported that 2016 was the first time in history that mobile game sales accounted for more revenue than console game sales. Mobile games made up for $36.9 billion dollars of sales, while console had $29 billion.

Apple is constantly trying to one-up the rest of the mobile phone industry – and, even if you’re an Android fan, you can’t deny they’ve done a good job at pushing the boundaries of what a mobile device can do, especially with gaming. And now with major strides in AR gaming, the A11 Fusion CPU and a bigger, sharper screen to display your pocket gameplay, the iPhone X is definitely a contender when it comes to playing games on the go. 9 Fove O So, this one is cheating slightly. Since you can actually purchase it now.

But it’s brand spanking new, and will likely have more versions of it come out over the next few years. So needless to say, VR is picking up steam in the gaming world, and there’s been some pretty impressive innovations over the last several years. The Fove O is a solid example of this. Unlike the Oculus Rift and Playstation VR – both consoles we’ll get back to a little later on – this little guy has special eye tracking technology. This means games played on it can be more responsive to your eye lines, and allow for a sense of depth of field.

It’s currently adaptable to VR applications from Unity, Unreal Engine and CryEngine. 8 SteamOS Venturing into VR? While Steam Machines – the PCs equipped with Valve’s linux-based SteamOS system – really didn’t take off – less than 500,000 were sold back in June 2016, only a year after it’s initial release – that doesn’t mean the OS is entirely dead. There has been talk about a future in more SteamOS titles, and more interestingly, SteamOS being used for VR. Earlier this year Valve launched SteamVR support for Linux, making it possible for developers to create Linux games for the Vive, but the prospect of having a specially designed Steam Machine to incorporate VR is still pretty up in the air.

7 PlayStation VR follows up Many think that a follow up to Sony’s PS VR should be expected sometime in 2018.

And according to a patent that Sony filed in the past year, some think that this new version of their VR system may have a wireless tracking device that connects to the PS4 through Bluetooth or wifi. Currently, the PSVR uses a camera to detect light from the headset, and what this patent hints to is the use of an external projector that makes use of lights and mirrors to map the players real-world movements. Which just means mobility wise, it would enhance the shit out of your gaming experience, allowing you to do way more. 6 HTC Vive 2 Rumours are already swirling about a follow up to the Vive headset, codename Oasis.

While not much is known about this, many tech experts have speculated that this version of the headset would be significantly cheaper due to new base stations, and considering the first headset came out in 2016, it is not likely we’ll see this follow up anytime soon. In the meantime, there has been work on new Vive controllers that contain 21 sensors, and an audio strap similar to what the Oculus Rift currently has. 5 Windows Mixed Reality Headsets This headset is Microsoft’s attempt at creating more affordable yet high-end VR tech, which means a mixture of virtual reality and augmented reality. Synced up with your PC, the Windows Mixed Reality has a pair of depth-sensing cameras on its front, which lets users have room-scale tracking without having to place a bunch of sensors around the room.

The headsets themselves are collaborations with third parties like Acer, HP, Dell and Lenovo, and Asus, which is the coolest looking one of the bunch. The aim is to eventually have the Windows Mixed Reality capable of using pass-through cameras to map out the space you’re in and insert holograms, but for now, the system is a bit more skewed towards VR than AR.

4 Oculus Rift 2.0 Owned by Facebook, the Oculus Rift is probably the most prominent virtual reality headset to date. It’s a versatile system that does much more than just gaming – Oculus Medium allows you to do some really impressive stuff with it.

And there’s a whole social component, too. But that being said, it’s safe to say we won’t see an Oculus Rift 2.0 anytime in the near future. Mainly because of how adaptable the current Oculus Rift is, and how development keeps moving forward with the software.

The company has stated that “someone who buys a rift today has years of enjoyment in front of them.” One thing that could change this is the need to develop eye-tracking software into the program since the rift currently doesn’t have a camera system inside of it.

3 Xbox 2 Confirmed by Phil Spencer, the Xbox Two is projected to have more of an emphasis on ‘gaming in the cloud’. Which is something that many people think Microsoft, given it’s overall experience as a company, would excel in. What do we hope to see with this new Xbox 2?

Much better graphics. The Xbox one sort of dropped the ball with this, and for fans to want to invest in an Xbox 2, it would require the console to be compatible with both 4k resolution and virtual reality gaming. Which is something the Xbox One X is supposed to debut in terms of native 4k gaming? The rough estimate release date is November 2020.

2 Xbox One X Speaking of the Xbox One X, it’s hitting store shelves in November of 2017.

Many see this system as a way for Microsoft to test out how successful the console will be, and whether or not the unicorn that is Xbox 2 will move forward. So, aside from making 4k gaming possible on an Xbox console, what else does the one x bring to the table? Microsoft confirmed that it will be compatible with AR and VR headsets, but not much aside that is known concerning this advancement.

1 PlayStation 5 Ah yes, the inevitable, considering the success of the PS4.With the release of the PS Pro, many have speculated that we won’t see a PS5 until closer to 2019.

Fair. And Sony hasn’t actually said much about a follow-up console – at the time of this recording. So hey, if its the future and this has been announced, well, damn you lucky fools. There’s been speculation that the natural progression is to innately incorporate PS VR into the system, along with a solid hardware revision in order to provide gamers with an experience that competitors would be very challenged with providing. And there’s a whole hell of a lot of amazing games lined up for the PS4, so similar to how the PS4 was launched with remastered versions of hits like GTA V and the last of us, we can only expect that a new generation console would likely provide the same luxuries.