So it’s 2015, we’re halfway through January, and CES has been and gone. And that means only one thing, we’ve been wowed by the hot new trends when it comes to gaming.
CES once again dazzled us, exciting us more than little children had been across the world just a few weeks earlier, and certainly put a few ideas in our heads about what we’re going to be playing this year.
Every year gaming hits new heights, and with the next generation consoles just over a year old, it couldn’t be any truer in 2015. But what are we going to see this year in the gaming industry?
Well first of all VR. Virtual Reality began to really take off last year and is certainly here to stay in 2015. Oculus Rift is expected to land at some point this year and is expected to be the standout piece of kit in the VR realm this year.
It could be accompanied on the shelves by the likes of Sony’s Project Morpheus which will turn the PS4 into a more immersive gaming machine, and make VR the big think this year both in PC and console gaming. It’ll make gunning down zombies more authentic, and turning the corners of the Nurburgring as scary as the real thing on the likes of Forza Motorsport 5.
Rise of eSports
The rise of eSports over the last few years has been phenomenal, and it’s likely that 2015 will be one hell of a year once more. Games such as World of Warcraft and Starcraft have millions upon millions of members, even making for online television viewing, and of course plenty of conventions.
WoW and Starcraft have continued to rise to meteoric levels, and will no doubt be a major player in the success of eSports throughout 2015 transforming regular people into cyber athletes, performing at the likes of Major League Gaming and ESPN events.
Where in Vegas you’re seeing quieter and quieter casino floors, with gaming revenue down month on month on regular occasions, the thrill of Sin City is still very much alive online. Going the opposite direction, online casinos couldn’t be any more popular with the likes of Full Tilt online continuing to develop features to make it ever closer to the real brick and mortar casino experience.
Take the live casino featured on Full Tilt, with a real croupier to interact with it’s a huge step forward for gaming which was once limited to Windows Solitaire style graphics.
Major Next Gen Releases
It’s been a little over a year now since the next gen consoles hit our shelves to mass hysteria and huge queues. Games have slowly filtered onto the market, but 2015 is expected to be the year when we see some truly great releases.
Batman: Arkham Knight is to be released on next gen only in the middle months of the year, whilst we will also see Star Wars, Battlefield, and Halo titles in the coming months, making it a pretty spine-tingling year of new releases.
More Digital Releases
And more and more of those will be enjoying digital releases. Of course 2015 won’t see the demise of packaged games, in fact far from it, but digital purchasing will be encouraged as gaming gets further and further enhanced.
Of course for us consumers it’s much more convenient to use the likes of Steam; we don’t need to head out to pick up the latest releases, although one problem is the length of time it takes to download a title. If that gets addressed in 2015 – and of course your web connection can deal with it – it could become the main means of purchasing our games.