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Will Smart TVs take over modern gaming?

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Developers Corner submission by Developers Corner
Will Smart TVs take over modern gaming?

One of the biggest trends in tech in recent years has been for distinct device categories to merge - so that they can provide consumers with a more convenient way to carry out their activities.

So recently we’ve seen phablets providing a middle ground between smartphones and tablets, as well as cars increasingly turning into computers.

But it’s our humble televisions that are in the middle of a dramatic overhaul that sees them increasingly equipped to handle a multitude of functions that range from streaming movies, to surfing the web, to even playing online slots games.

The gaming possibilities offered by smart TVs are what is causing a huge amount of public interest, with video games now being the most popular form of entertainment on a global scale.

And as such, there’s been a gradual roll-out of titles that are capable of being played via a smart TV with Pocket Gamer's review of TV Sports Soccer illustrating how seamlessly smart TV games fit into the current gaming environment.

Such developments have been facilitated by top tech companies realising the huge demand for an easier way to game in a variety of environments. What started with the likes of video game rental services such as GameFly allowing Amazon fireTV to stream their games, has now reached the stage where appliances such as televisions are being designed with gameplay in mind.

By re-imagining the humble television as being more than a mere provider of passive information, it’s thought that the TV could once more become the main hub of home entertainment.

This means that rather than children heading off to their bedrooms to play games, now a whole family can enjoy converging around a television to have an energetic game of Just Dance Now. And adults seeking to have a 21st century version of a real-life casino experience can visit the variety of options on the Red8s site to play realistic slots games from their sofas alongside a range of games such as roulette and blackjack.

As a result of home entertainment appliances expanding their facilities to include online casinos and physically-intensive games, brands such as Samsung have announced partnerships with top gaming companies in an effort to make the process of gameplay a lot more streamlined. Not only would gamers benefit from playing games on widescreen UHD displays, but by linking up with the Samsung Checkout facility, it delivers an easier way for gamers to download the latest titles too.

And reliably, Apple have recently delivered the most forwarding-thinking approach to gaming with their new Apple TVs featuring a remote control that doubles as a games controller.

And with an impressive selection of Apple TV games to play alongside traditional gaming hits such as online slots, it looks like our televisions will increasingly become our gaming hubs too.

DISCLAIMER: This article has been submitted via the PG Business Network and does not represent the views of Pocket Gamer.

Published on 26 February
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