Google Glass is a futuresque $1,500 pair of glasses in development by Google that will be aware of its location while supporting chat, video capture and photo capture. While the device itself has no gaming component at this point, there’s plenty of speculation that, since the new device lends itself to the gaming industry quite well; we could very well see integration of similar devices into our gaming systems in the near future.
The idea of virtual reality gaming isn’t a new one, though it has yet to be implemented with any real level of success. We all remember the giant headsets we’d often see in movies or even arcades that were little more than a screen that you wore on your head.
Something like Google glass would be vastly different and more advanced than that if it were to be transferred to the gaming industry.
A More Dynamic Graphical Interface
What gaming glasses could potentially do is create a far more dynamic and immersive GUI (graphical user interface).
First-person games would take on a whole new life as you would be able to get much closer to the game’s characters, even to the point of being able to see facial expressions (if there are any) and the smaller nuances of other players’ movement.
The glasses would also provide a way to create a more surrounding and 3-dimensional environment, where aspects of the game exist not only front of you, but in your peripheral as well.
Having to address what you see in your peripheral vision while paying a video game would be an entirely new and authentic experience. Paying attention to whether or not enemies are coming from beside or even behind you would become a crucial aspect of your strategy.
The other gaming arena that could be potentially revolutionized would be sports gaming.
More than any other genre, sports games have been criticized for simply releasing the same game over and over again with roster updates. If these games were to incorporate more first-person elements that used the glasses, the innovation and opportunities for improvement would be nearly endless.
Every sports game lends itself to the first-person mode; if you were to incorporate the need to actually look around and find the ball with your eyes as you do in real life, sports games would require an entirely different approach.
Instead of fixing your eyes simply on a screen, you would literally need to keep your eye on the ball and follow the action with your eyes as much as you would your hands.
At this point, hand-eye coordination becomes a lot more important than it is simply with a flat screen. Again, your sports games would be much more of a 3-dimensional experience, where opposing players and teammates would exist in your peripheral and not just in front of you.
The action would also be much closer and you would feel more like you were on the field instead of staring at it from a press box.
The Future of Gaming
We still live in a world dominated by console-to-television gaming setups, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.
Perhaps that doesn’t even need to change for the glasses to be incorporated. If you couple 3D gaming with what Google Glass could potentially do for virtual reality, there could be a happy integration of the two in the near future.
A lot of the direction of gaming will undoubtedly be shaped by the release of the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 later this year, but technology continues to move fast, so it’s worth keeping an eye on Google glass as things move forward.
This piece was contributed by a guest writer to Gamocial. Here’s a bit about the author:
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in the Los Angeles area who writes for a wide range of various industries, including manufacturing, gaming and technology. As a gamer herself, she is looking forward to using Google Glass to play some of her favorite parking games and other games that may benefit from this new technology.