Games

VISUAL REALITY IN GAMING

Visual reality (VR) is a simulated experience that feels similar but is completely different from the real world. Visual reality can be applied for educational purposes such as medical or military trainings, and also for recreational purposes such as gaming. Virtual reality gaming is the application of a three-dimensional (3D) simulated environment to a computer game.

These visual reality environments are created with VR software and are shown to the users to make it look better than the real world and making it seem like the VR is real. These VR games can be played on specialized game consoles, standalone systems or advanced PCs and laptops. 

The visual reality gaming industry has won the hearts of many and is still doing so up till date. It was initially just an idea that seemed fantastic and fascinating to experience; people have been excited about it long before its existence. Now it has come true, we all agree it is slowly becoming the best big thing in video gaming.

The new age of visual reality started when the first prototype of oculus VR and Samsung Gear VR were released. In 2015 when HTC released their vive headset, equipped with a hand controller and tracking device, the global revenue of virtual reality gaming hit $4.3 billion at the end of the year. Presently there are over 230 visual reality development companies producing both visual reality hardware and software. 

With VR games, you are no longer forced to sit in front of your screen using your hands to control characters. You can now feel like the game is around you which gives a more fascinating and personal experience. The beauty and thrill of VR gaming comes from its first-person viewpoint and its ability to manipulate the virtual environment. Since VR was introduced into gaming, there has been a massive improvement when it comes to quality and innovation, both hardware and content have continued to improve. 

Visual reality gaming has also drawn attention to its effect on health and safety. Prolonged use of visual reality has caused a number of unwanted symptoms which may have slowed its growth and development. Most visual reality systems come with consumer warnings which include seizures, collision warning, discomfort, repetitive stress injury, development issues in children etc.

Just like all screened technology, it may cause eye fatigue. There are also concerns about it contributing to myopia. There are still a few challenges VR developers need to improve on. Although VR gaming hasn’t gotten to where we expected them to be, the future is still very bright and we anticipate their next move. 

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IS THERE GOING TO BE A PLAYSTATION 5

PlayStation is a gaming brand created by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 1994. It consists of four video game consoles, a media center,  an online service, a line of controllers, a phone and multiple magazines. 

The play station 4, which is the current console, was released in 2013. It made history by selling a record 1 million consoles in its first 24 hours. It’s been 6 years since its release and its reign is coming to an end.

In October 2018, Sony President stated that it’s necessary to have a new PlayStation console. He said “it has become necessary to have a next generation hardware” to replace the PlayStation 4. In April 2019 mark Cerny, a consultant in the video game industry, in an interview with Wired stated that Sony was working on a fifth although not named model PlayStation console that will serve as its next generation entry.

He says the Console will use AMD’s Ryzen with a 7nm Zen 2 architecture and a Radeon Navi-family Graphical Processing Unit (GPU). He also stated that the console will ship with Solid State Drive (SSD) storage with 8k graphic resolutions. The new unit is said to be fully backwards-compactible with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR titles. The PlayStation 5 is going to be able to play a game on the PlayStation 4 or switch to the same saved game on the PlayStation 5 and stitch back also.

It is believed the new console will run vintage games, will double down on virtual reality and could possibly eliminate load screens entirely. There are rumors that the new console will be released next year , Sony also made a statement that there won’t be any next generation console launches until May 2020, making these rumors quite believable. There hasn’t been any statements made about the price of the new console but it’s certainly going to cost more than the PlayStation 4. 

While the look of the new console still remains a mystery, it is predicted to be launched with a new secret weapon, a wireless VR headset which would support 2,560 × 1,440 resolution, 120Hz, 5 hour battery life and an integrated headphone. Just like any PlayStation release, the new console is more likely going to be released with a new controller. Rumors have it that it would come with some type of camera inside for VR. 

It’s also rumored to have an operation system of 4 GB DDR4 and 24 GB GDDR6 RAM with a hard drive storage of 2TB. There’s is most certainly going to be a new console, although it hasn’t been confirmed if it’s going to be called the PlayStation 5 and from these specifications flying around, it’s going to be amazing. 

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FORTNITE, THE ONLINE GAMING PHENOMENON.

Fortnight is an online video gaming sensation developed and published by Epic games, released in 2017. It’s available on Ps4, Xbox one, windows, macOS, Nintendo switch, android and iOS.

Fortnight is currently being distributed as three different game modes, using similar graphics, art assets, game mechanics and same game engines. The first game mode called Fortnite: save the world was released on the 25th of July 2017 as early access titles. It is player-versus-environment shooter survival game with four players cooperating in various missions towards s common objective. The second game mode called Fortnight Battle Royale was also released in 2017, it is a free-to- play player-versus battle royale game with up to a 100 players, allowing one to play alone, play in a duo or play in a squad to fight to be the last person standing. The third called Fortnight creative was released on December 6th 2018. It is a sand box game mode where players are given complete freedom to create worlds and battle arenas of their own. Some of the most popular creations from this game mode are reviewed and rotated into the battle royale game map in a secluded area called “the block”. 

Fortnite has been a tremendous success since its release. The save the world mode achieved one million players by August 2017 just before the release of the Battle Royale game mode. Just within two weeks of its release, the Battle Royal game mode had over 10 million players. Revenue from the Battle Royal mode during the first half of 2018 was estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars per month, with its total revenue at the end of 2018 estimated at $2.4 billion. The Battle Royal game mode has also become an internet sensation with several celebrities such as Drake, Travis Scott, Pittsburgh Steelers and KimDotCom reported to be players. Athletes also make use of Fortnite emotes as victory celebrations. Epic games are working towards organized eSports competitions around Fortnite Battle Royale including a Fortnite worldcup tournament in 2019. 

Fortnite has bagged a number of nominations and awards since its release. In 2017 it was nominated for “Best Co-op game” by PC gamer, “Best Spectator Game” by IGN, “Best multiplayer” by The Games Awards and a host of other nominations. In 2018 it won the awards for “Best Ongoing Game” by PC gamer and IGN, “Choice video game and Best Competitive Game” by Teen choice Awards and a host of other awards and nominations. In 2019 it won an Excellence Prize at the Famitsu Awards, “Best Evolving Game” at the Italian Video Games Awards, “Best Multiplayer/Competitive Game” at the Webby Awards and a host of other awards and nominations. 

Asides the great success of the video game, parents and teachers have expressed displeasure and shown concern that young students are being distracted from social life and school work due to playing Fortnite. The release of the mobile client has even made it more accessible and mobile. Concerns have also been raised about the impact the game has on young children since it depicts gun violence.