Tv and displays? In ten years no one will need them anymore thanks to augmented reality.
This is what Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games and also graphics guru for the past 25 years, said at a speech at the ChinaJoy trade show which took place a week ago in Shanghai. Sweeney is going to join all those people that are thinking of augmented reality as the next big thing, and he knows a lot for sure about big things since he and his company are the ones that brought us titles such as Unreal Tournament and Gears of War; more: Epic Games are also the creators of the Unreal Engine 4, a tool that makes it easier for other game developers to create incredible games themselves with fantastic worlds and amazing characters.
“I believe that augmented reality will be the biggest technological revolution that happens in our lifetimes,” he said. “Once you have an augmented reality display, you don’t need any other form of display. Your smart phone does not need a screen. You don’t need a tablet. You don’t need a TV. You just take the screen with you on your glasses wherever you go.”
The main motivation, for Sweeney, is the incredible possibilities of augmented reality headsets:
“With AR, you have a large field of view,” he said. “Combine the convenience of mobile and the display is with you everywhere you go and you don’t need anything else. Augmented reality will drive all things like chat, social networking, photos, videos, organizing data, modeling, painting, motion capture, and visual programming.”
Sweeney thinks that the new trend will start during 2016 with virtual reality, but in just a decade we will remember tv and computer screens as things from the past.
“Every form of computing will be combined together and unified in a single platform. That is long term. This trend will start with VR. AR will take a full decade to play out”
We share his same thoughts: no doubts, it will!