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, the 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 VR and AR to give a better gaming experience. But what are VR and AR, and why is it catching the eyes of every mobile app developer? Let us find out!
VR and AR – 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, VR is not a new technology. In 1960, the first ever ‘VR 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, VR gaming is a viable medium and is probably here to stay.
It’s 2018 and we have been introduced with VR 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, VR apps are evolving at a pace faster than Brett Lee himself.
VR/AR offers 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 AR game on their smartphones without any requirement for an external accessory. Fast forward to 2018, we have seen various AR games coming out this year, including the Harry Potter AR.
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. VR/AR not only gives something new to the gamers to deal with, but it broadens our perspective as well.
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 AR and VR, 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. AR/VR it 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
AR/VR 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 AR/VR Development?
Big companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft are investing a huge amount of resources in the development of AR/VR. This has prompted young job aspirants to train in Virtual Reality. Here is how to build a career with AR/VR 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 VR 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.
Predictions about how technology will evolve in future is quite uncertain as of now. This is because, at any point in time, the technology can deviate from the intended use of the creation. Still, it is worth believing that AR/VR 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.
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