The Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX) is currently taking place in Canada, where attendees of all ages, interests and skill levels can participate in gaming competitions, visit exhibitors, interact with fellow gamers and learn about some of the most popular games across the globe. One of the key featured topics at EGLX 2018 is the scope of augmented reality (AR) as portrayed by the immensely-popular Pokémon GO and the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which is also developed by Niantic.
Gaming on the Go – Portable consoles first became popular in 1989, when both the Nintendo Game Boy and Atari Lynx launched original handheld devices for gamers to play “on-the-go”. Jumping forward into 2018, users should expect to see more hybrid console designs, extensive mobile gaming apps, and development into location-based gaming. One trend that stands to have huge impact within the industry is Augmented Reality, which allows users to incorporate aspects of the real world into an active-gaming environment. Augmented reality is what creates an interactive gaming world in Pokémon Go, and will soon be featured in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.