I think everyone has played video games during some period of their life, and many of us still do that, whether it’s on a PC, Mac, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)‘s Xbox, Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)‘s PS3, or a Nintendo console. But not everyone knows that history of video games goes back to 1947 when the first video game was patented. However, the popularity of this activity increased only during 1970-1980s, when arcade video games and gaming consoles where introduced to the public at large.
Since then, video gaming has become a very popular activity, and now in the 20th century we are facing an ever-hastening development of technologies, which has had a positive impact on the gaming industry, bringing more and more opportunities for developers like Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) and Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), which create games with very realistic visual and sound effects in order to improve the user’s overall experience.
Lately, a popular topic for discussions among those who are “in” to video games has become the next generation of video game graphics. Companies specialized in developing video games are announcing demos and releases of games with enhanced and more impressive visuals than we’ve ever seen before…save for real life of course.
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One of the most impressive results from the development of the graphic engines is the possibility to achieve a very high level of details, for example to illustrate faces of characters. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Xbox is neck and neck with the PS3 in terms of graphics, and while most serious desktop setups can trounce the consoles currently, that may not always be the case.
Even though the possibilities now are high, designers have much more work to do in order to create the level of detailing that can be achieved. This means that the costs of producing video games will likely increase, which may lead to the development of fewer games. At the same time, together with the development of graphics cards, the cost of consoles might also increase.
But, when it comes to having fun, who can put a price on that? Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) bulls can certainly agree on that point.
We have compiled a list of the 10 most impressive examples of next-gen technology in the videogaming world. The graphics presented by the developers in these images and demos are really amazing, and they are worth spending a couple of bucks more for a great gaming experience when they’re finally released. Remember: the images listed in this slideshow are not final, and most are meant to simply convey the level of awesomeness that the upcoming round of consoles will unleash.