What will Video Games be like 15 Years from Today?
Technology changes fast in 15 years. In 2027 (15 years from today) the world will be completely different. Can you imagine what it will be like? iPads will cost 10 bucks. HDTV's will be "old school." Tube televisions will be antiques!
It's hard to say which direction video games are headed. Consoles might disappear. Xbox might be something you can instantly download onto your special all-in-one device. Maybe, like the picture, we will be wearing super sleek electronic visors. Whatever paths lie ahead, we know a few things. GAMES ARE GOING DIGITAL and GAMES WILL LOOK REAL. Aye, the video gaming Renaissance is near.
Let's be honest, there are only two reasons we like our Gamestop purchases more than shopping for games on-demand.
Reason #1) We like our box art and our physical discs.
Reason #2) On demand games take a millennium to download.
With the rapid internet upgrades coming in the near future, Reason #2 will not be an issue. According to a Newsweek article, by the year 2020, internet speeds in Washington DC will be as fast as 200 megabits per second. The current average speed in America is 10 megabits per second.
More realistically, we won't see Newsweek's estimates until 2030. 150 megabits per second is a pretty solid estimate for 2027 in the U.S.- which is still 15 times faster than today! Download times for full games like Call of Duty 9 or Madden 27 will take 5-10 minutes or less. That's quicker and easier than running to the store and back.
I predict Reason #1 (you like your disc/box art) will follow the same footsteps as music. 15 years ago, everyone had CD's. We had CD players in our cars, around our houses, by our swimming pools. Then services like Napster and iTunes became available. Downloading songs became more accessible through the web. CD players turned into ever-convenient iHomes. People gradually switched from store shelves to online shopping carts. In gaming, this Disc to Download phenomenon is already happening at the PC level via services such as Steam and Origin.
Also, newer engines such as Unreal Engine 4 are making games 100 times easier to develop. If Unreal Engine 4 is released to the public like UE3, freelancers will be flooding the market in no time. Downloading free games online will become the norm (Kind of like music?).
For one reason or the other, the day of discs will soon pass.
Trivia: Did you ever notice that the original iTunes logo contains a CD in the background, but the new logo does not!
The future of video gaming graphics is looking GOOD. Realistic graphics will be here sooner than you think. Next-gen consoles have been in development for a while. New engines are almost finished. In 15 years, Unreal Engine 3 (Gears of War trilogy, Borderlands, Mass Effect trilogy, etc) will be virtually extinct. See what the next generation of engines have to offer in the videos below. Funny thing is: In 15 years, these engines will be outdated as well.
Unreal Engine 4 demo
Luminous Studio demo
15 Years Later...
Did you ever compare games of today with the those of the past. Below is a good example of 2 Elder Scrolls games that lie 15 years apart.
So what comes 15 years after Skyrim? It's quite obvious. Fully realistic graphics are on their way. Unreal Engine 5 and similar engines will either be available or in their final stages of development in 2027. I honestly can't tell you how exciting that is.
Unlike today, our gaming experiences will not be diluted by their clearly fake appearances. Truly great games like Shadow of the Colossus and Mass Effect will affect us at deeper emotional levels. We will feel true adrenaline rushes in games like Uncharted and Assassin's Creed. Why play real sports when we can play FIFA 27?
Graphics may not mean a lot to you now, but they will when they really start getting close to realism.
BEYOND THE GRAPHICS:
The amount of new IP by then will be too much to keep track of. We will have access to almost any type of game we can imagine.
The future of technology is incredible. The best part is that we will be alive to see it. I'm guessing most of us will be around in 2050... even some of us in 2070. The technological accomplishments in that time period are beyond my scope of estimation.
Before I end this article, I want to emphasize how much we should appreciate the games we have now. We have some great games. However old we live to be, it's important that we always be reminding our kids and grandkids about the generation of games that matters most. We will, of course, always be saying, "I was there when Halo first came out. I fought in the valley of Blood Gulch."
Always remember, no matter how cool the new technology seems, remakes won't be as good as the original! Ever! :)
I hope this article allows you to appreciate the future and present of gaming as much as myself. Thanks for reading!