The following is a guest post from Jennifer Anderson an NCTJ trained journalist. She writes regularly for a range of technology and gadget websites, with a particular focus on the gaming community and gaming technologies Her post today comes to us via 3Wisemonkeys.co.uk
Gaming in 2011
2011 is set to be one of the most exciting years for gamers in quite some time. In addition to two breakthrough portable game consoles being newly released, the Nintendo 3DS and the Sony Next Generation Portable, the gaming trends that continuously changed through 2010 will continue to develop. From social network gaming to games on smartphone apps, the market for these games should continue to grow in 2011.
The biggest breakthrough in gaming in 2011 may well be in portable gaming. The Nintendo 3DS will produce 3D effects and yet the player will see these without any special glasses. Not only will this happen in games but 3D movies and videos can be stored on the console which will increase its popularity. Released in March the Nintendo 3DS is bound to make a big splash in the market and will be a popular choice for gamers. The device will most likely be in competition with the Sony Next Generation Portable which is going to have a similar amount of power as the PS3. No date is set on its release but with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth tied in it is also going to be a popular choice for gamers.
The internet is becoming an increasingly popular destination for gamers. Online multiplayer games, such as World of Warcraft, free internet games and social network games are being played with growing regularity. Of course along with these, games such as The Sims and Call of Duty will continue to be popular choices on the PC as well as elsewhere. For this reason gaming PCs are growing in number.
Games with highly detailed graphics or fast paced action rely on the PC that they are played on to be up to standard in terms of graphic cards and central processing units. For that reason more and more computers in 2011 will be bought for gaming itself. The Cyber Power PC Black Pearl for example is one such computer and brings to the table a lot of RAM memory power, it uses the most powerful CPU around and has received high praise for its video and audio capabilities. Of course, such machines are very difficult to afford for the average gamer and so different standard of computers will be used by different people. Video and audio are particularly important as the better the sound and visual content the better chance gamers have of excelling and enjoying the overall experience. For that reason speakers and surround sound systems used are becoming ever more important in the gaming world and as such their sales figures with regard to gaming will also most probably rise in 2011.