With consoles getting bigger and bigger and mobile devices having more battery, memory, and storage power, it seems that the future of video games will take another turn and could be closer than people may think.
Nintendo pioneered handheld hybrid gaming after launching the Switch, a home console that users can take with them on the go.
In 2021, the Nintendo Switch became the fastest home console to reach 100 million units sold.
Although the console attracted many customers since it could be used on TV like traditional models or as portable, now there are other options that are catching gamers’ attention.
Aya, a recently founded company specializing in gaming computers, released a laptop with 30GB of RAM, a powerful graphics card, and enough battery life to support next-gen games.
However, laptops are not the only alternatives to gaming on the go today. Mobile phones have also become good gaming devices.
With game streaming, which works similarly to Netflix, gamers can live a high-quality experience with better graphics on even mid-range smartphones.
Today, iPhone devices can also stream massive Xbox or PlayStation games over a 5G connection despite only supporting some classics before.
Also, the tech giants are taking the industry to a higher level. Google and PlayStation have launched cloud streaming services, allowing gamers to enjoy Internet-compatible games.
Mike Rose, the founder of game publisher No More Robots, said he was “pretty confident” that cloud gaming would be the future of video games.
According to Mr. Rose, cloud services, like the ones Xbox currently offers, have a better chance of surviving because they promise more diversity.
“The problem that Stadia had, was that it was trying to start an entire new store that focused entirely on cloud, instead of letting people take up cloud gaming bit by bit,” he added.
Showing how confident it is in the success of cloud gaming, No More Robots is set to release at least half a dozen titles on Microsoft’s xCloud in the next 12 months.
However, how quickly gamers adapt to the growing offering of cloud gaming will depend on whether there is a solid connectivity infrastructure.