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The technology-driven entertainment industry of gaming is continually evolving to deliver bigger, better, more detailed, and more immersive experiences for gamers. Due to the competitive nature of all forms of gaming across all platforms, developers and publishers are always exploring new ways to offer the next best thing. Here, we’re looking into the incredible advances in tech which are allowing players to enjoy an even more immersive gaming experience.

Making virtual reality more accessible

While the lofty price tags are often the primary reason why people interested in virtual reality gaming don’t take up the technology, another major reason is the amount of clunky kit required. Most of the leading headsets require extra equipment as well as either a computer or console to run the games. Now, there’s an all-in-one, high-end VR headset which makes the most immersive way to play much more convenient.

The Oculus Quest is wonderfully simple, relatively compact, and is about the same price as a video game console. The kit itself consists of just the headset and two touch controllers, with built-in sensors translating player movements into the game. Better still, should players want to connect to their PC to experience different games, the kit has an optional PC VR tether.

Delivering a real-time experience

Gaming is all about the experience, and the one way that’s separated digital games from physical originals is the authentic feel. For example, in online casino gaming, while there are hundreds of new creations that couldn’t exist on land, table games always felt a bit detached and impersonal. This is primarily due to the lack of a croupier. So, developers decided to bridge the gap.

As noted in the Genesis Casino review, the packed library of modern live casino games offer immersive visuals and live interactions, enabling players to get the best table game experience from anywhere. From computers or mobiles, the Evolution Gaming titles like Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker allow players to log into a live stream, take a virtual seat, and then play along in real-time opposite a human croupier.

Gaming’s become even more convenient

The primary reason why mobile gaming has become such a massive part of the industry is because smartphones are incredibly convenient. Most people see the devices as a necessity, keeping them in their pockets or nearby at all times, making playing on mobile the easiest way to game. Now, however, an even more convenient and smaller screen could be emerging as a new gaming platform.

Just as Apple realised that the iPhone had emerged as a gaming platform with a mountain of popular free games, leading to the creation of the Apple Arcade service, the company may soon lean into the gaming capabilities of the Apple Watch. As shown by the Business Insider guide, there is a bunch of great games on the Watch, with the RPG Runeblade, safecracker simulator Pocket Bandit, and classic game of Pong all offering fun with a few taps on your wrist.

Looking as real as it gets

If you’ve been following big triple-A game announcements over the last year or so, you probably would have heard the term ‘ray tracing’ thrown around. The technology has primarily been deployed by cinema to blend CGI with real-life scenes, as relayed by Tech Radar, but has been put to use in Metro Exodus for global illumination and in Shadow of the Tomb Raider for the shadows. The incredibly realistic lighting effects help gamers to immerse themselves in a much more realistic environment.

With all-in-one VR, live real-time streamed play, watch gaming, and absurdly realistic effects, gaming has never been as immersive as it is right now.