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ANIL DAS
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The Future of Gaming: What is Augmented Reality and Why is it Taking Over the Gaming World?

Hi, I'm Anil Das, a Junior Software Engineer at Luxoft India. Here I would like to provide a brief knowledge of What is Augmented Reality and Why is it Taking Over the Gaming World.

From board games to role-playing, video games have always been a popular way for people to let off steam by becoming someone else. The growth of the gaming industry has been explosive. According to recent figures, it is now worth $108 billion and is continuing to grow at an exponential rate. The popularity of gaming isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and we are seeing new ways to play as technology advances.
With virtual reality (VR) being one of the biggest new frontiers in gaming right now, there are plenty of exciting possibilities on the horizon. Read on for a brief explanation of everything you need to know about AR and VR when it comes to gamingβ€”and why both will become commonplace before we know it.

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality is a technology that allows virtual imagery to be superimposed on top of a real-world environment. It has been around in various forms since the 1940s but has recently seen a surge in interest due to technological advancements. For example, a retailer could use AR to display a digital price tag on a physical product.
Similarly, it could be used by architects to visualize what a new building will look like in its surroundings. Augmented reality is different from virtual reality in that it does not replace a person’s entire view of the world with computer-generated imagery. AR adds digital content to one’s view of the real world, whereas VR replaces it entirely.

Virtual Reality

VR is a computer-generated simulation of a virtual environment that can be interacted with in a way that feels realistic. It usually requires a person to wear some form of a head-mounted display (HMD) that shows imagery that looks like it is right in front of their eyes. Virtual reality has been used in many ways over the years, but it’s only in recent times that it has become more widely available and affordable. This has been driven by the development of new technologies like VR headsets and motion tracking systems.

Why Is Augmented Reality Important for Gaming?

Virtual reality is all the rage right now, but people often forget that it’s not the only technology that is changing the gaming experience. Augmented reality is also coming to the fore, with the gaming industry expecting it to become a $90 billion market by 2021. Why is augmented reality important for gaming? Well, there are a few reasons to be excited about technology. Firstly, AR technology allows users to experience a gaming environment in their own surroundings.
This not only makes it more realistic but also brings a social aspect to gaming that VR doesn’t have. Secondly, AR technology can be used to overlay computer-generated images on top of real-world images. This means that it can be used for a wide range of gaming purposes. And finally, AR technology has the potential to be much cheaper than VR technology, which means that it could see wider adoption than its VR counterpart.

What is Virtual Reality?

Despite being less talked about than its VR counterpart, VR is also experiencing a surge in popularity. Companies are investing in technology and developing new ways to use it. VR has been used in a range of different industries including healthcare, education, and business. It has even been used in the military to create a realistic training environment that has been dubbed β€œavatar-based training”. It is also becoming increasingly popular in gaming, with players enjoying a fully immersive experience that lets them step into a different world and inhabit a virtual character.

Why is Virtual Reality Important for Gaming?

VR has many benefits, but one of its biggest selling points is the level of immersion it offers. This is the feeling that you are actually present in this virtual environment and can interact with it. It’s this level of immersion that really sets VR apart from other forms of gaming. Virtual reality is often used to refer to both VR and AR. But the two technologies are slightly different. VR is an immersive computer-generated simulation that replaces a person’s entire view of the world with virtual imagery. AR, on the other hand, adds virtual images to a person’s view of the real world.

Summing up

Although the two technologies have different applications, they both allow people to enter a computer-generated world and experience a level of immersion that is difficult to achieve with other forms of gaming. The gaming industry is expecting to see huge growth thanks to these emerging technologies. It is predicted that the gaming industry will be worth as much as $133 billion by 2025 almost double what it was in 2017.
That means that there will be plenty of opportunities for people to check out the latest in gaming technology. And with new advancements being made all the time, gaming is only going to get better and more immersive. You can expect to see virtual reality and augmented reality technology become more prominent throughout gaming in the coming years. These technologies are on the rise and we could see them become the new norm in gaming before we know it.

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SashaKozeniuk

You are right, this is a new and great technology that only complements the game world. I saw in the store nextgen-gaming.co.uk/ great gadgets for VR that can certainly give a new experience with any or new games

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