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Gamers can expect these big shifts in 2019

VR and haptics are among the 6 trends expected in gaming this year, writes Sean Nicol, product specialist at Syntech.



2018 has been a rollercoaster of a year for gaming, with titles like Fortnite exploding and companies unveiling all-new ways for players to reach their top scores. Naturally, there was plenty of controversy surrounding certain releases. Based on developments last year, our avid gamers at Syntech have gathered a picture of what the gaming future might hold. These are some of the biggest gaming trends of 2019:

Battle Royale: Battle royale games like Fortnite and PUBG are a global phenomenon. Free, multiplayer and multi-platform means this kind of gaming has broken into general popular culture and due to how accessible it is. You can expect to see a lot more outside influence paying attention to the gaming industry because of it. You’re going to see more brands start affiliating themselves with gaming as a result.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality: Augmented reality is becoming a huge trend in gaming, with, for example, driving simulation games using Google maps and “real” roads for heightened immersion. Esports, first person shooters, racing simulation and fighter games are all becoming more popular in the VR space. In the next few years, the industry will also start to see VR equipment and headsets becoming a lot more accessible.

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