Due to all of the advancements in video games, you may think that we have gotten to the point where things are as good as they’ll ever get. With amazing graphics and video games that feel more like you’re immersed in a movie, we have reached the pinnacle, right? Well, not so fast.

Video Games Advancements Coming to a Device Near You

Just like everything else, video games are constantly getting better, thanks in part to the newest tech developments.

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In the following post, I’ll share are some of the ways gaming will soon improve. You may have heard about or even used a few of these, but others may sound like something right out of science fiction.

Facial Recognition

Forget just playing a game, now you can actually be in the game. Well, at least a character that looks like you can. With 3D scanning, you will have the opportunity to create your very own avatar. In addition, through using Intel’s RealSense camera, your real face will be scanned so your emotions will show up on your avatar’s face. Pretty cool, right?

Voice Recognition

Controllers will soon be so passé. Not only will you be able to turn your console off and on by simply talking to it, you can also use your voice to control gameplay. If you dislike getting off your couch, you’ll definitely love this technology.

Real-Life Interaction

You may have played a game online that lets you team up with your buddies or perhaps complete strangers for some adventures, but games are not stopping there. The virtual and real worlds are converging in many more ways these days. For example, did you know that you can visit an online casino and interact with a live dealer at a poker or blackjack table? It’s true, and a concept like this provides even more of the illusion that you’re actually taking part in a game, rather than simply playing it.

Virtual Reality

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Your own avatar is nice, but if you actually want to feel like you’re in the game, virtual reality can help you do it. While virtual reality has been around for a while in different ways—remember Nintendo’s failed Virtual Boy console?—it’s finally poised to be the next big thing for video games. As long as you have the equipment (and deep pockets), here are some great VR games you can play right now.

Augmented Reality

While VR takes you inside a game, augmented reality brings the game right into your home. Remember when you were a kid and you pretended the floor in your living room was lava and you had to hop on the furniture to avoid it? Well, AR can actually make it look like the floor is lava, a jungle, a bottomless pit, or whatever the setting is for the game you’re playing. AR is still relatively new in the gaming world, but you can jump in with these games.

Cloud Gaming

Just like cable boxes, actual video game consoles may be on their way out. Thanks to the cloud, as long as you can get on the Internet though any sort of device, you can be gaming in no time. This means that no matter where you are—be in on line at the DMV or at your cousin’s wedding—you have the ability to play all of your favorite games. Sounds great, right?

What else do you think we can expect in the not-so-distant future when it comes to video games?

[author title=”Author Bio:” image=”http://”]George Castro is a freelance writer living in Boston who’s currently trying to figure out which VR headset to purchase. [/author]