Letâ€™s be honest here, when we talk about gaming, we primarily talk about major gaming consoles such as the PlayStation and the Xbox, paying little attention to mobile gaming. However, it should be brought to your attention that the world is taking mobile gaming more seriously than ever before.
In fact, according to reliable statistics, the global mobile gaming market is bigger and larger than the gaming market of PC and console. If reports are to be believed, the mobile gaming market will generate close to $50 billion by the end of the year, with the revenue of the console industry projected at $33.5 billion and the PC platform at $29.4 billion.
Of course, it would be naÃ¯ve to think that a mobile game would enjoy as much attention as Resident Evil 7: Biohazard or FIFA 18 at the moment, but when it comes to numbers, there is no denying the fact that mobile has the upper hand! After all, most of the mobile games only require one to touch, tap, and play!
Basically, the mobile gaming industry is in a wonderful position to experiment and progress even furthermore. Here are 3 things to look for in the future of mobile gaming!
1.Free Gaming Apps
Most of the mobile gaming audience is made up of casual gamers that are reluctant to spend money for a game. Therefore, it is quite suicidal for a gaming app to have a fixed-price tag. However, freemium models that have Booster Packs and in-app purchases allow the makers to earn profits. Basically, in the future, you can expect the development of more titles that are based on free-to-play platforms—platforms that allow users and gamers a basic experience of the game. On the downside, games that are fully free will no longer exist as the developers will not be able to bank on ad-revenue alone.
2. Multiplayer and Social Features
Gaming is no longer only reserved for the anti-social. Games, these days, encourage social engagement. The children of this generation have grown up with the web and instant messaging platforms. And, as a result, the makers of gaming apps will only aim to capitalize on the social aspect. Gamers will expect real-time player-versus-player engagement. Games such as Clash Royale and Pirates Life 2: The Lost Chapters have already attracted and lured in millions of casual gamers through their multiplayer and social features.
3. VR and AR
The influx of VR technology such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and the PlayStation VR has opened many doors for the mobile gaming industry. Several manufacturers have also tapped into the virtual reality platform, creating products such as the Samsung Gear VR and Daydream View for mobile games. The humongous success of PokÃ©mon Go has also helped pave the way for AR. AR, better known, as augmented reality, is touted to be a hotbed for significant growth opportunities. Hence, you can expect more mobile games to be focused on augmented reality and be compatible with VR devices.