Games, Apps & Social Media OVERVIEW
Game consoles also continue to improve on a steady basis.
Eventually, virtual reality may take games and entertainment to an entirely new level. Embedded, wearable and ubiquitous computing will be the next underlying technology advance that will further drive apps and social media, and to a lesser extent electronic games.
Specifically, personal electronics have been evolving in the following order: 1) First, there was sometimes-on (think dial-up and internet service providers like the original AOL.com). 2) Then we progressed to always-on, thanks to the rapid adoption of fixed broadband, whether via DSL or cable, along with ever higher internet access speeds. 3) More recently, we evolved to always-with-you, thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices, particularly smartphones. 4) The coming leap forward in computing will be always-around-you, where, to a rapidly growing degree, the advent of pervasive computing devices and remote wireless sensors will connect us to, and collect data from, an astonishing array of objects, ranging from automobiles to appliances and air conditioning systems, to monitors that record our individual health statistics.
The Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G wireless networks will be big enablers of this trend. 5) The future will include wearable computing devices and embedded computing that enables rooms to recognize you when you enter and automatically configure nearby devices to your personal preferences.
6) The future will also include devices that know which types of entertainment, games or social media we habitually use at certain times of day, and therefore push those services to you seamlessly and automatically.