Tech and Gaming Trends To Watch in 2013
We've had quite a good year in the world of tech and gaming this year, with a whole lot of new developments and changes in the industry. This year has set up 2013 as one with a number of trends to look forward to. So here's what we should be keeping an eye on for 2013.
The 4G Tech Spread
According to ITArticle, we can look forward to an increase in 4G (LTE) technology next year. Though LTE has already been launched, it isn’t being used very widely... yet.
ITArticle believes the technology is bound to spread worldwide in the next year. But, I’ve got my doubts about the security of LTE. Apparently, a signal blocker that costs $650 at Radio Shack can shut down a 4G network – shutting down an LTE base station and disrupting service to thousands of subscribers.
Judging by the release dates that have been announced, coupled with whispers and rumours about ifs, ands or maybes, 2013 is set to be year filled with the Return of the Franchise.
Don’t be mistaken. I’m not opposed to the idea of gaming franchises. Many of the sequels and additions in a series are necessary and called for, and in some cases, better than the originals.
The New Kids on The Block
Everyone’s predicting the announcement and release of two highly-anticipated consoles: the PlayStation 4 (codename “Orbis”) and the so-called Xbox 720 (a.k.a “Durango”).
Wii U: The Trendsetter?
We’re all still new to Nintendo’s brand new console and sequel to the original Wii. It’s only just released worldwide and with the Christmas holidays coming up, some of you might find a Wii U under your Christmas tree.
And with many Wii U titles still in development, I expect we could be introduced to a new style of gameplay enabled by the GamePad controller and the gameplay options encouraged by the concept of a touchscreen controller working in concert with the game.
Of course, there is much more to look forward to in 2013 – so many titles that have yet to be announced or detailed, new gameplay spaces and controls and new worlds and imaginations we have yet to see.