Video gaming will have a significant presence at CES 2014, for a change, but CES is only the beginning of the future in video gaming. Last year was epic when it came to video games, and just wait to see what we can look forward to this year. CES is happening in just few days and Valve, Oculus and Razer already have announcements planned.
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The tech year begins with CES show in Las Vegas, and that’s where we can expect some big announcements in the video games industry. The year only just started, but anticipations are rising by the minute.
Oculus VR crowd-funding campaign raised huge amount in 2012, the following year the prototype was released to developers, and since then the company had enough time to further develop the Oculus Rift. Are we going to see the finished product already? Probably not, although we are sure to see an improvements for the most anticipated peripheral.
We might see the Oculus Rift released later this year, but chances are that won’t be announced at CES. The Rift will change the gaming forever, and not just gaming but there are many applications where the ultimate virtual reality peripheral is expected to be used. The future of gaming experience begins with the Oculus Rift in 2014.
Valve will be making a major showing of SteamOS platform, a.k.a. SteamBox, and we cannot wait to see what new info will be revealed. With some luck, even the price and detailed hardware specs will be presented to the masses. The battle for gaming dominance in the living room will change with SteamBox. The console market is finally getting a worthy new addition, and if price will be decent, the SteamBox might just rule them all.
With its own operating system and over 2,500 titles available on Steam, the new Box has been specifically designed to be used with a standard TV that everyone has in their living room. Prototypes were delivered for Beta testing and feedback was highly positive. The best part about SteamBox is that several other manufacturers, beside Valve, will be developing their own Steam machines. This means pricing should be competitive, giving gamers a huge selection of hardware options to choose from.
Steam Machines will be the first platform that can seriously compete with the PC. We think PC will still be the best gaming platform, but it is nice to have a worthy alternative.
Those are the two shows gamers can hardly wait to see at the CES. Apart from that, there will surely be new iOS controllers and other cool things regarding mobile devices. The relationship between mobile and traditional gaming will continue to grow, simply because mobile devices are very convenient as a platform, and more and more people tend to use those rather than a console.
We recently covered the Golem Arcana tabletop game and how mobiles make the gaming experience such a fun. Things are easier when gamers have all the rules, instructions, and such things on a digital media.
Another trend that will continue is devices such as Razer’s gaming ultrabook the Blade. Familiar devices will keep an ambition to become better suited for gaming experience. With new hardware that is expected to become available in 2014, this ambition will be almost like a dream come true.
New gaming hardware is always followed by new peripherals, this won’t change in 2014 at all. Multiple companies already announced new peripherals for the consoles. Headsets and rechargeable controller docks will make a gaming experience much smoother on the consoles. The next-gen consoles will get several new peripherals to show what they can truly achieve.
The next-gen consoles were released just few months ago, though many said they weren't that special. Their hardware might not seem worth buying, but that will all change with the next-gen video games. Once Indie developers start seriously looking into the Dev tools available with the new consoles, we will see more and more good games coming out. Indie games are the ones that keep surprising the gaming community with creative concepts and an amazing gaming experience.
Some big titles, gamers like to call these an AAA games, are expected in 2014 as well. New game engines were promised to deliver the highly realistic graphics and gameplay. Developers and publishers alike always try to keep their next game under the NDA (non-disclosure agreement), and somehow gamers find a way to share the news on what’s going on in the games that are still under development. We will see more leaks like this in 2014 and we are looking forward to it.
All that will happen in 2014 for sure, and we can expect some more surprises that haven’t been announced yet. If we ever find out anything from Bethesda about Fallout 4, or Valve’s Half-Life 3 than year 2014 will be considered as the best year in video gaming this decade. Another thing we would like to see in 2014 is Nvidia driver’s changes. Until that happens, try to avoid upgrading your graphic card’s drivers as it may result in weird mouse behaviour and annoying sounds.
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