I'd rather be thinking about gaming instead of the real world for a few moments...
We are in for a rollercoaster year in gaming, right?
- Final Fantasy VII remake, The Last of Us 2, Doom Eternal (Doom games are great again!), Half-Life Alyx, Skull & Bones, Animals Crossing, Ghost of Tsushima, Watch Dogs: Legion, Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, Bravely Default 2, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, etc. Also games like Marvel's Avengers which is a big push for a licensed game being done by a good developer - but it could be great or trash! CyberPunk 2077 is used to come out and it could be amazing if it is ready. Is CD Projekt Red on the very edge of being "the developer" of western RPGs that matter, taking the crown away from Bethesda? Moreover, this seems like the year where Microsoft's studio buying spree of the past five years will pay off. What will come out of these studios could be very important because they could be REALLY good.
- Then we have new systems coming out, and this feels like a historical system moment in gaming. We have a mature storyline of XBox vs PS 2, XB360 vs PS3, Xbox One vs PS4, and now what cans be described as two companies with their sword edges honed razor sharp preparing to clash again. I call it a clash, but I think both MS and Sony will have very smooth launches.
- PC gaming will have some changes coming. Yes, in its current incarnation Stadia sucks - but when it gets fixed over the next year. Keep in mind Valve Steam sucked hard when it first launch - gamers HATED Steam when it launched. Thus, despite Stadia fumbling badly, they are not down yet. AMD being in consoles, Stadia servers, and increasingly building in gaming PC builds put AMD on a different level this year. So AMD is on the rise at least with gamers; so, 2019 might just have been the last year, for a while, where high end PC gaming builds have Intel CPUs. Zen 3 Milan will be a curb-stomp on Intel's head on the CPU side. In addition, is this the year we see consumer/gamer videos cards that have their own SSDs on board? You better hope so if you are part of the PC master race, because Xbox Series X and PS5 likely will be using that tech. If you are thinking of using Christmas money to buy an RTX 2080 or 2070 - I wouldn't. Moreover, if AMD makes that sort of card, with its own dedicated ssd, Navi will be very interesting.
- E3. (sigh) Yeah, that elephant is in the room for 2020. This is I think the truly last chances Entertainment Software Association has to make e3 matter. Now you would think with a lunch year that e3 would have Sony and Microsoft lined up to make huge presentation inside of e3....but will they? Sony skipped e3 2019 and it woudl be a power move to do it again in a systems launch year. It seem pretty clean that game developers & publisher have felt neglected by the ESA. Oh, there will be gaming news coming out during the week of e3, but keep a keen eye out for if it actually HAPPENING inside or outside of e3.
- VR is not dead...Despite being told that VR is deceased and that it had been nailed to its perch, the proprietors insists that it is ‘pining for the fjords’ or ‘simply stunned’. This will not be a big year for hardware or software, but I think VR will be brewing very strong below the surface.
Prediction for the decade leading into 2030:
We, as in gamers, will all own at least 3D holographics displays for gaming it might be in our phone, but some will have it on the desk. No glasses. Viewable from wide angles. Early this decades there will be many standards for real-time 3D holographic displays, but by 2030 we will be down to two standards which will likely have two uses cases. The good news is, you won't hear about anything beyond 8k for the next ten years. No 12K or 16K displays except in science departments and labs, all the innovation and technical advancement will be real-time 3D holography. And, yeah, if you adopt early you will go back to 2K imagery that struggles to refresh about 60fps! The new argument of message boards will be "Is that really 1080p Holographic HDR imagery @ 120 fps?!" and "Can watch PorN on Samsung laser holographic HDTV...or will I go blind!"