Gaming in 2014: What’s Ahead?

By: Samira Palmer

With 2013 behind us in the gaming industry, it’s time to see what 2014 has in store.  With new consoles like the Playstation 4 (PS4) and the Xbox One, the whole gaming experience has gone up in creativity and execution.

Then there’s other platforms besides the consoles.  There are tablets like ipads and galaxy tabs that feature touch screen based games with simple control schemes.  You can even enjoy video games on your mobile phone.  That’s gaming on the go without the need for dedicated mobile gaming consoles like Gameboy or PS Vita.

Game developers are getting closer and closer to making games and reality look the same..  Xbox One’s Kinect allows players to play certain games without the use of a physical controller.  Sony has recently announced a set of virtual reality headsets that will be compatible with several PS4 titles in the near future.  The graphics on the PS4 are better than ever and playing first person shooters have never been as visually pleasing as they are now.

Video games have turned into interactive movies.  Games like Last of Us , Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA V), and even Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 all have storylines that build a relationship between the character and the gamer.  Some games like GTA V and Mass Effect even let the actions of the player determine the end of the game; unlike some games where you are playing to the end and aren’t really in control of what happens next.

With virtual reality gaming already in the works the only thing left to create is a virtual gaming world where gamers are actually in their favorite games.  Or have I spoke too soon?

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