The business world is looking drastically different these days compared to how it was just 5 years ago. One of the surprises to emerge in this new decade has been the astronomical rise and rise of the gaming industry. Although gaming has always been popular with its intended audience, it has now become a globally enjoyed form of entertainment spanning different ages, genders, lifestyles, locations, careers, and incomes. It now finds itself on a par with – and sometimes surpassing – Hollywood as well as the TV and music industries.
There is now a gaming title suitable for everyone, whether that’s the endless creativity of Roblox or the replayability of Candy Crush Saga. The most popular gaming categories are still action/adventure games but casual titles, such as those often found on mobile gaming platforms, are fast catching up. Modern gamers want appealing graphics, great gameplay and cool characters, yes, but they also expect accessibility and affordability at the same time.
So, what are some of the most popular gaming platforms around right now which can be expected to carry us into 2024? Read on to find out.
The launch of Apple Arcade back in 2019 was, at first, met with some confusion. Gaming had not yet experienced the boom of 2020, so audiences were tentative about committing to gaming on their smartphone. Fast forward a few years, however, and Apple Arcade is now making substantial inroads in the gaming industry. The Android equivalent, Google Play Pass, offers its customers a similar model though there are some significant differences. Play Pass is cheaper, offers a lot more titles, and includes apps as part of the subscription model; however, Apple Arcade can offer exclusive games and a more intuitive user interface. Of course, which sub model you choose also depends on your hardware as neither option can be used on the other’s platform. Despite their differences, it looks like mobile gaming is here to stay so both models will likely become even bigger and better moving forward.
Browser Based Games
Browser based titles have existed for as long as the internet has, and they are still a firm favourite with people from all walks of life. Look at the enormous success enjoyed by Wordle; since it was added to the New York Times’ roster of online puzzles, it’s exploded in popularity and is now played daily by people all around the world.
Another success in this area has been online casino platforms. They’ve existed since the 90s but really took off at the turn of the century and have been providing plenty of variations on the classics ever since. They’ve also invested in developing genuinely exciting new forms of casino gaming, such as live dealer roulette and tons of modern slots titles. Although the basic premise of traditional gaming is still there, in many instances it has been developed and improved upon for modern audiences. This includes mobile compatible games and guides on how to improve your gameplay.
New Generation Consoles
Games consoles have always focused on providing exclusive content and cutting-edge tech. However, they are now competing with the portability and convenience of mobile gaming. The Nintendo Switch has experienced immense success due to its adaptive handheld design, with almost 130 million units sold worldwide. Next year, Nintendo will release the new updated version, reported to include an LCD screen, backward compatibility, and a physical cartridge slot.
The only other comparable console on the market right now is the Steam Deck from Valve. This handheld console is designed for playing PC games downloaded from the Steam Library and it has proven very popular with gamers and reviewers. Although there’s no plans for an updated version anytime soon, it’s still worth investing in if you want to play high quality PC games on the go. However, watch this space, as handheld and portable gaming certainly indicates a future trend across the board.