Some people like to get a head start on the new gaming technology for 2014. Considering the amazing changes we’ve seen in the field over the past year, for 2014 we are expecting unprecedented growth. This new technology will put you in the action like never before, so prepare for a wild ride. Here’s a short overview of the recent technology news from the gaming industry:
Kinect-compatible 3D glasses
SMI has developed a new gaming technology that combines head tracking, eye tracking and active shutter 3D. Moreover, they are compatible with Xbox Kinect. These glasses are nothing you’ve ever seen before, as the eye tracking can accurately display what you’re looking at in the 3D environment and make objects react. The new technology is called gaze interaction. For example, when you are playing an adventure game that involves interactive objects, when you look straight at them, they will glow.
Oculus Rift 3D gaming glasses were one of the most successful Kickstarter projects ever initiated, raiding more than $2.4 million. The glasses use one HD screen for each eye, so the field of view is wider than with the VR goggles. As a result, players feel like they are actually inside the game. According to the recent technology news, developers like Epic Games, Valve and iD have already endorsed this new gaming technology. The only problem could be the price, but Oculus Rift 3D’s makers stated that it will be within the budget of the average gamer.
Microsoft’s research wing presented Xbox IllumiRoom during this year’s CES. This new gaming technology extends the image of a TV screen on the walls of your room by projecting visuals. Illumiroom is a proof-of-concept at this stage and more details will be revealed between April 27th and May 2nd in Paris at the ACM SIGCHI human-computer interaction conference.
Project Holodeck is a new technology that aims to make your room a VR playpen. Holodeck works with two players and uses Oculus Rift headsets. However, instead of tracking just your head, it tracks full bodies, allowing you to move in a 3D environment. There are even discussions about adding fans for wind effects.
Leap Motion is an extremely accurate motion controller. This new gaming technology for PC is able to track the motions of your fingers in 3D space. This device is affordable and works with any USB device. As a result, it can perform almost any task, including gaming. The company’s CEO announced that the controller will be used for RTS games and we’ve already seen it used to successfully control games such as Half-life. The right hand is used to control guns while the left hand other movement.