Augmented and Virtual Reality Gaming

Revolutionizing the Way We Play

Anyone with a mild degree of interest in immersive experiences knows that augmented reality and virtual reality gaming is powerful like never seen before. Even people who aren’t usually interested in gaming have found these technologies to be appealing. In the summer of 2016, Pokemon Go! became a major success that demonstrated the dynamic qualities AR could lend a game. There’s definitely a reason Pokemon Go! is predicted to boast 67 million users in the United States alone by 2020.

Pokemon Go! is just one example of a game that leveraged AR technology effectively. As the technologies continue to develop, the role of augmented and virtual reality gaming is growing more significant. The following examples illustrate how.

The Virtual Reality Gaming Market is Growing Rapidly

The idea that VR gaming represents the wave of the future (at least in the gaming industry) isn’t merely a baseless claim. Statistics indicate its popularity is growing at a fast pace. In 2016, the VR gaming market was worth approximately $3.6 billion USD. It’s estimated that by 2020, its global value will have grown to $22.9 billion.

Several factors contribute to the rapid growth of the VR gaming market. Primarily, headsets are becoming more affordable, which makes it easier for gamers to purchase them. As more individuals participate in VR gaming experiences, word of mouth spreads that video games can’t compare, positioning VR’s popularity throughout the community.

Major brands have recognized the power of augmented and virtual reality in gaming, and are responding accordingly. Nintendo, SONY, Microsoft, and Electronic Arts (EA) are examples of popular brands that are developing AR and VR gaming platforms.

AR Games Helps Autistic Children Socialize Outdoors

It’s worth noting that augmented and virtual reality in gaming don’t just allow players to experience games in dynamic new ways. As reports indicate, they can also have genuinely beneficial effects on gamers’ lifestyles.

Specifically, a study focusing on children with autism reported astonishing results when they were tested with AR games such as Pokemon Go!. This game requires users to track down virtual characters (or similar elements) in the real world. The real gain is, the activity gives these children a reason to go outside and socialize with others. According to parents, conditions such as autism and Asperger’s typically make afflicted children wary of venturing outdoors. However, the immersive nature of AR games is so engaging that it overrides children’s fears. 

For this specific population, Pokemon Go! ended up having positive implications in the long run. People who previously struggled to develop key social skills may now have more opportunities to do so.

Augmented Reality Gaming is Not Just for Video Games

Although AR video games are appealing, they by no means represent the only potential application of AR in the gaming industry. Developers have also begun creating AR apps that allow users to play popular board games (such as chess) with holograms instead of real pieces.

Allowing users to play several different board games without needing to have a physical board on hand makes playing board games more convenient. For instance, perhaps you’re going on an extended family vacation. During several nights of your trip, you might expect your children to want to play games. You could pack all the games they want to bring along, or you could pack a few AR headsets instead.

Virtual Reality Gaming Also Transforms E-Sports

VR’s power to immerse gamers in their environments has blurred the lines that separate gaming and sports. Because the action takes place in a virtual world, VR sports feel very much like playing a dynamic video game. Gamifying sports might even make fitness more appealing to those who would otherwise not be inclined to play sports.

VR golfing is a VR sport that has been steadily growing in popularity. VR driving ranges could even help conserve physical resources. A physical driving range requires a substantial amount of land—land which needs to be watered, mowed, and maintained and could otherwise be allocated to more productive activities such as agriculture or forestry. The degree of upkeep for golf ranges is very resource-intensive. Virtual golf ranges make green golf courses unnecessary.

Ormuco is the Computing Foundation for Gaming

In summary, AR/VR board games and sports economize on space and physical resources, while AR location-based entertainment incentives users to play outdoors. Major gaming brands are capitalizing on these benefits of AR and VR. AR/VR games require a robust IT infrastructure to offer consistent performance. Ormuco provides this computing architecture. Our autonomous software platform provisions and manages thousands of edge computing nodes and leverages 5G networks to accelerate the processing of real-time applications. We’re designed to handle AR/VR workloads of all kinds.