SATURDAY APRIL 29, 2017
 
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THE GAMING PLATFORM OF TOMORROW
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While the contemporary gaming market continues to evolve at a rapid pace, there are some current and future trends that are almost guaranteed to take hold. Take the emergence of smartwatches and wearable technology bands, for example, which are poised to become universally popular this year and are accessible through a wide array of brands.

Beyond this, however, smartwatches will also herald the dawn of a new era in mobile gaming. While it may be well known that smartwatches can be synced with a complementary and compatible mobile device in real-time, fewer users appreciate the fact that they can also be used to access various applications and games at any given time.

Smartwatches as the Gaming Platform of the Future

With Apple set to release its own branded product this spring, we seem to be on the verge of a breakthrough for smartwatch technology. This will come hot on the heels of similar innovations in the marketplace, with rival brands such as Sony and Samsung having already launched their own unique smartwatches. Apple’s entry into this marketplace is likely to have a huge impact on consumers, however, simply because of the brands dominant market share and the rising popularity of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

SmartWatch_Gaming.jpgBut while such developments highlight the growing demand for smartwatches, they offer little insight into how these devices provide a viable gaming platform alternative. If you consider concepts such as 4G connectivity and cross-platform gaming, you will begin to understand that the current market is defined by the interchangeable nature of devices and the fact that a diverse library of titles can be shared wirelessly across an entire network. This makes games accessible across a wide range of platforms, including mobile handsets, tablets and smartwatches.

Smartwatches and Mobile Gaming

In this respect, smartwatches have the potential to become the primary platform for mobile gaming. Whether you enjoy playing Australian online casino games or console-inspired shoot ‘em up apps, a smartwatch enables you to play on the move without compromising on graphics or sound quality. While the same may be argued of mobile phones, smartwatches are attached to your body and more readily accessible.

They are also far more discreet, meaning that you can play at any time without offending others or drawing attention to your activities. This is an improvement on traditional mobile gaming platforms, and it goes a long way towards explaining why a growing number of design teams will be developing titles specifically for smartwatches.

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