Looking for a career path? Get a degree in Games
11 Aug 21
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From Batman: Arkham VR to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, there are lots of VR games that are set to take the market by storm in 2021. But many experts thought that Virtual Reality would have more of a hold in the industry by now, so will it ever be considered the go-to gaming choice?
The Current State of Virtual Reality in the Gaming Market
In 2019, the global VR gaming market was estimated at £8.38 billion. To put this into perspective, the global gaming market as a whole was worth £83 billion in 2018, and it is expected to surpass £100 billion by the end of the year, and VR gaming is making up less than 10 per cent of the global video gaming market at the moment.
The Lure of VR: What Makes It So Special?
Although VR may have had a little bit of a slower take-off than anticipated, it is expected to have a 30.2 per cent compound annual growth rate from now until 2027. This means that it is a very exciting industry to work in at the moment and taking one of the available game design courses will allow you to be a part of it.
Virtual Reality makes the gaming experience feel real. Users feel like they are in the middle of a war zone or driving a luxury sports car, as opposed to sitting on their couch or gaming chair. This can be tempting for those of us who choose to play games because we want to escape reality, and the technology is constantly improving to enhance this experience.
When Will VR Gaming Become the Norm?
Putting a date on when VR gaming will become the norm is impossible, but the truth is that VR gaming will likely increase once the technology and the gaming experience improves. This is why taking a games degree and working in VR design is such an exciting field; you can be part of the technological inventions and designs that drive this part of the industry forward.
It could be argued that VR was doomed to fail initially because it was so overhyped. The content and devices have improved considerably since 2016, but there is still a long way to go. The CEO of PlayStation, Jim Ryan, has said that “we’re more than a few minutes from the future of VR,” but he has reiterated that the company is committed to VR, believing it will be a meaningful part of interactive entertainment.
Completing a game design degree can give you an opportunity to work on securing the future of VR and working at technology leaders like PlayStation.
Game design programs at the University of Bolton
Here at the University of Bolton, we have a number of different game design programs for you to choose from. We recently opened a new £13 million facility, which is home to our Centre for Games Development, providing the perfect place for you to hone your craft in VR design or any other area of gaming you’re passionate about. This centre involves seven bespoke development studios, including an open-access virtual reality suite.
Not only do we pride ourselves on ensuring you get real-life experience, access to state-of-the-art technology, and passionate lecturers when taking a game design degree, but we provide a welcoming and inclusive environment. It is the reason the University of Bolton has been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction over the past three years.*
If you would like to find out more about our game design courses, you can reach our friendly team by calling us on +44 (0)1204 900 600.
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