This is probably the most exciting time to be alive for the tech industry professionals like mobile app developers and augmented reality app developers. Big data, cloud computing, cryptography, blockchain, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and what not – everything is evolving to be better. The above-mentioned tech is being used by almost every tech industry – programming, software, and even gaming.
Talking about the gaming industry, it has seen substantial growth over the years. Now is the time to think about the future, to offer something new to the consumers. Hence, mobile app developers are moving towards Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to give a better gaming experience. But what are VR and AR, and why are these terms catching the eyes of every mobile app developer? Let us find out!
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality – Two Pillars of Future Gaming Development
Virtual Reality (VR) is basically an interactive and immersive computer-generated (virtual, of course) experience. It takes place within a simulated environment offering auditory, visual and haptic feedback to the gamers.
Augmented Reality or AR is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated in front of the user of the real world.
Considered to be the ‘next big thing’ in the gaming industry, Virtual Reality is not a new technology (tada!). In 1960, the first ever ‘Virtual Reality headset’ became available. The first VR gaming efforts date back to the 1990s, just when the internet was booming. Technology did not catch up too fast, but now that we are here, Virtual Reality gaming is a viable medium and is probably here to stay.
It’s 2019 and we have been introduced with Virtual Reality headsets like Oculus Rift, HTC Vibe, etc. This has created interest and jobs for the augmented reality app developers and mobile app developers. As a result, Virtual Reality apps are evolving at a pace faster than that of Brett Lee.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality offer more immersive experiences and more social aspects along with the ability to talk with the fellow gamers sitting 7 continents away.
Augmented Reality App Developers, it is Your Time to Shine!
Pokémon Go was the first big success for the augmented reality app developers. Generating over $850 million in revenue, it attracted more than half a billion users worldwide. Users enjoyed playing an Augmented Reality game on their smartphones without any requirement for an external accessory. Fast forward to 2019, we will see various Augmented Reality games coming out this year.
From a developer’s point of view, it is exciting and like new to be a part of the development community yet again. It’s amazing what the game development community has achieved and is achieving. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality not only gives something new to the gamers to deal with, but it also broadens our perspective.
The opportunities for mobile app developers/augmented reality app developers are huge. We are in for a disruption in the gaming industry as the last disruption happened around 7 years ago. With 19% of future gaming development being on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, one shouldn’t shy away from saying that VR/AR has the potential to revolutionize the gaming industry.
With mobile devices getting more powerful year by year (we now have a category of ‘gaming phones’ too), we expect them to host more powerful games than Pokémon Go. There will be lesser games which require you to stay connected with the servers or always be online. Hence, giving mobile app developers more opportunities.
That is not it. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality is expected to touch many untapped demographics by the traditional games. Hence, greater opportunities lie in finding out such audience type and creating new business opportunities for AR/VR-related start-ups.
Right into the Feels
Virtual Reality, in addition to Augmented Reality, is not only giving us a whole new perspective into the gaming world but is touching us too. It wasn’t supposed to touch our feelings or emotions, but thanks to ‘feel engineering’ it’s revolutionizing the way we look at things. “Feel engineering” creates a game back from the feeling the developer wants to create in a person forward from the dynamics of the game.
Feel engineering requires high commitment, high cost and a level of emotions from the development team, it isn’t cheap or easy but it is definitely worth all the efforts. There is a huge difference in what we expected VR to be and what it is turning out to be.
How to Build a Career in Virtual Reality And Augmented Reality Game Development?
Big companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft are investing a huge amount of resources in the development of VR and AR. This has prompted young job aspirants to train in Virtual Reality. Here is how to build a career with Virtual Reality app development –
- Start by learning the Unity Game Engine. VR game development requires a high bar to get started with and Unity Game Engine offers tons of content including books, streams, and tools for Unity.
- You also need to have knowledge of coding. Start by learning C# and C++.
- Now that you have the core knowledge of programming, your next step should be to learn about Virtual Reality hardware. You can start with Google Cardboard.
- Choose your audience and platform carefully. Plus, do heavy prototyping of your product before launching it into the market.
- Create, Explore, Study your competitors. This will give you insights to make your product better.
- Last but not least, keep updated with VR trends.
It is said that predictions about how technology will evolve in future is quite uncertain. This is because at any point of time, the technology can deviate from the intended use of the creation. Still, it is worth believing that Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will create the next revolution in the gaming industry as its future looks very promising. If you want to invest in this industry, this is your time! Else you will be left behind.
It will be very interesting to see where Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality take us in the next decade or so.
What do you think about the future of game development? Will it go the expected way or are we in for some twists and turns? Do tell us what you think in the comments below.