Technology in sporting entertainment is helping to create a more immersive experience for users. Sports video games in particular have made major strides over the past few decades and are now a far cry from the clunky graphics and jerky movement of early football games such as Kick-Off and Match Day.
Technology has also allowed niche sports such as fishing to gain a foothold in the gaming industry. Video games such as Rapala Pro Bass Fishing have benefited from enhanced gameplay and slick graphics.
Embracing more niche sports has reached all corners of the gaming industry, as online casinos like Betway has taken advantage of the popularity of fishing games and developments in animation for its fishin frenzy game. And it is not only sports games that have profited from technological developments. Peloton has benefited from developments to create an immersive experience for users of its bikes. Technology is also helping companies such as Netflix provide an optimized service for its customers.
So, technological advances have vastly improved viewing and playing experiences while new innovations in a variety of entertainment sectors have been able to attract wide audiences and keep existing fans happy. This comes on the back of news that Nintendo Switch has been reported to be using AMD’s FidelityFX and FidelityFX Super-Resolution (FSR) technology, which will provide games on its console with a boost in performance. Such developments are essential as gaming fans attach greater importance to an immersive experience.
In the same way, technology has revolutionized video games such as the EA Sports FIFA franchise. The latest version of the game, FIFA 22, features a host of innovations that have made the game more immersive than ever before.
The game features player humanization Powered by Advanced 11v11 Match Capture which creates an immersive experience with features such as opponents talking, pointing and directing each other as they react to the game. Tactical artificial intelligence has increased tactical realism in attack and defense. In particular, defensive AI has been rewritten which means players defend as a tactical unit.
The game also benefits from Xsens suits which recorded motion capture from professional footballers who wore the suits to provide real-human movement data which creates a life-like football match experience. The Xsens suits were also used to capture tackling, sprinting and ball control of the pro footballers for the first time, which allows the game to portray the high intensity and responsiveness of the footballers in the various game situations.
The hugely popular subscription streaming company Netflix has also benefited from rapid technological progress since the service launched in 2007. To begin with, streaming technology had issues with regard to speed and reliability, but thanks to developments in technology and the advent of smartphones with improved processors users can use the service reliably on a number of devices.
Similarly, Peloton, which couples at-home gym equipment such as bikes and treadmills with workout live streams, has benefited from technological developments to create an immersive experience for users of its stationary bikes.
The hardware innovations include the magnetic resistance system and power transmission belt drive while streaming technology has enabled the company to provide live cycling classes in users’ homes.
Technology will continue to develop and gamers can look forward to some ground-breaking innovations in the future with virtual reality headsets to make huge strides in improvement in the coming years.