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Trends in Mobile Gaming in AR and VR Era

From the famous Nokia Snake game by Taneli Armanto to widely renowned PUBG, the mobile gaming industry has grown leaps and bounds to reach where it is today. The global mobile gaming market expects to grow $44 billion by the year 2023, as per recent research. And while talking about AR and VR in gaming along, the market forecasts to reach $11 billion by 2026. AR games like Pokémon Go, Ingress, Minecraft Earth, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, etc are getting very popular amongst users.

Mobile gaming does not limit itself to just casual time spending but has now become a prominent source of income. Plus, it has become more fun with experiencing new features of various games as if they are a part of our own life. Mobile game apps installation growth increased by 13% during the pandemic; from 32% growth in 2019, it went to 45% in 2020. Many big companies like Google, HTC, Sony got into mobile gaming and VR headset production, after noticing the potential in this rising market.

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There was a point in the past when there were no good products in the market providing such experiences in gaming. Professionals, as well as tech buffs, were waiting for a big break in AR/VR gaming. This year turns out to be a prominent one for the expansion of the gaming industry, as users are looking out for more innovations in the same.

Mobile VR Headsets

As the market grows, the technology that was once considered out of budget has started making its way to the masses. Companies have started developing VR headsets that connect to any electronic device. That is one of the reasons why VR became quite a trend in these two years. The concept brought immersive experience in gaming and a whole new degree of liveliness while playing. The games have evolved to provide a 360-degree view, while simultaneously offers an engaging storyline for gamers to dive in. Apart from PlayStation and Nintendo, Mobile game developers are opening a new door for those with just a mobile in their hands and a VR headset. Microsoft recently launched a newer version of their VR headset – HoloLens 2.

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Augmented Reality Mobile Games are here, and here to stay

The concept is relatively older; it was quite a while ago that everyone was obsessed with Pokémon Go. But that benchmark was set and everyone started taking interest in AR games. BrickScape is a 3D puzzle game, available in both AR and without AR, which lets you play in your surroundings via your camera. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite became very famous, even outside the community of Harry Potter universe fans. Niantic has been in the field for a while, even before the pokemon game. They had developed a geospatial AR game called Ingress, quite popular among gamers at that time.

Big Game Brands Making Their Way Into Mobile Gaming

We cannot access PC games from everywhere, which is why gamers anticipate the launch of big games on a mobile platform. One of such Games was Call Of Duty: Mobile. Imagine playing AC Valhalla on a VR device, without needing a lot of electronic gadgets to support the gaming experience. The future seeks a lot of improvement and incredible user experience via AR, and not just in online shopping.

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