The more we enjoy technology, the more developers push for bigger and better innovations. At the moment, our homes are filled with all sorts of handy devices, from high-end broadband to smart coffeemakers. The huge range of products you can find is even more obvious when you focus on a specific sector. Since entertainment is one of the most popular, let’s go for that.
The latest gadgets for gamers and computer geeks in general say a lot about how important it is for the industry to keep creating things that make our lives easier and more fun. But, first, it’s interesting to think about why entertainment technology is so attractive and valuable.
Fun and Games Evolve
Look at the different types of virtual entertainment we have access to today: movies, TV shows, video games, digital comics and even combinations of all these. Before Sonic’s 2020 movie debut alongside Jim Carrey, the speedy blue hedgehog was the protagonist of a beloved video game. And this is one of many big-screen adaptations of classic titles, including Pokémon, Prince of Persia and Doom. Greater budgets and CGI teams make some productions more successful than others, but we still love them all for trying to expand each universe.
The reverse also happens. Blockbusters are turned into entertainment of every kind. Did you know there’s a Jaws boardgame by Ravensburger that recreates the movie’s plot? 2-4 players use strategy and imagination to defeat the monstrous shark. You’ll also find a Jurassic Park slot game at Betway Casino, using portraits of dinosaurs and characters from the franchise as winning symbols. Microgaming, like Ravensburger, wraps its brand of entertainment in the colors of a movie that instantly inspires fun and awe. And, since online casinos are just as advanced as any other digital technology today, players get quality performance and the Jurassic Park brand a broader fanbase.
Where are we going with this? Taking advantage of evolving technologies benefits both producers and consumers of entertainment. More fun equals higher approval ratings, so every new software or gadget that hits the market is worth our attention. Here are some examples.
The best video games out there are immersive. How do they do that? By taking over your senses and drawing you into their worlds. Visuals play an important part, but so does audio. It’s not just about hiring entire orchestras to produce a title’s soundtrack. Developers behind products like EA’s Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order fill your ears with convincing sound effects that pull you into the story’s action. So, if you want a really unforgettable experience, you need the best sound system you can afford.
This is why headsets are so precious to gamers. Take, for example, Turtle Beach’s Recon 200 wired model for console, PC and mobile. It blocks outside sounds, while amplifying audio, whether it’s sound effects, music or chatting. What developers aim to provide their demanding customers is a comfortable fit and crisp, durable performance. And it’s thanks to tech advancements that they frequently succeed.
No virtual reality tech comes without flaws, but as headsets and software evolve so does developers’ understanding of how to iron out problems. The best device today is the Valve Index, which includes controllers with 87 sensors that track your hands’ every movement. Sharp, detailed visuals and a high frame rate make the VR experience even more natural and comfortable. There are a lot more specs to consider, as well as three issues that continue to overshadow this and any device’s perks: price, installation and performance.
Finding a system that’s only a few hundred dollars instead of a thousand and free of too many glitches is tricky. And getting it set up can be just as frustrating. Once you’ve worked it all out, though, there are plenty of titles ready and waiting to introduce you to the future of gaming. Many of them involve first-person shooter gameplay, but not all. Make the most of a PlayStation VR headset with Astro Bot: Rescue Mission. It’s the next stage in platformer evolution, fully immersing you in vivid 360-degree landscapes as you progress through 20 levels and six jaw-dropping bosses. Virtual reality may not be perfect yet, but the industry is definitely coming very close.
There’s more to technology than entertainment. Since computers are used for everyday tasks as well as gaming, practicality and comfort are major goals too. So the term “ergonomic” often pops up on a range of office gear, like chairs, mice and keyboards. A lot of thought goes into designing fully functioning tech that keeps your back, arms and wrists pain-free. So far, designers mostly stick with traditional layouts and minor changes to the mechanism of each device. But it’s the inventions of those thinking outside the box we should look out for.
What if you could get rid of controls altogether? Just have a monitor and your hands. This is a dream Tap has realized with its wearable keyboard. You can navigate any digital device with Bluetooth, from PCs to VR headsets, using a high-tech set of rings that fit around your fingers. Then you can type, browse and do anything else you want through different gestures. Not a bad solution to awkward controls and one that will hopefully inspire other developers.
What we know about technology is changing faster and faster. Entertainment and user-friendliness seem to be the industry’s priorities, but what they produce will keep improving the digital world as a whole.