According to Grand Review Research, the popularity of console games will increase in the coming years due to new and advanced audiovisual devices. It is predicted that the global market will reach $51.15 billion by 2027. The gaming experience will become better thanks to high-quality sound systems, displays, high-definition TVs with HDMI ports, and mostly wireless connection. Over the past two decades, gaming platforms have evolved immensely. With the improvement of hardware, each generation has produced more complex games. Some games have budgets reaching millions of dollars, competing with movie production. Many games with high budgets have been released with performance issues or poor design, which led to negative reviews and failure in sales. The reason was the lack of proper quality analysis. Therefore, game success depends both on the quality of the game and the user's satisfaction.
According to The Guardian, these are some of the key trends that are expected to change the gaming experience:
- virtual reality;
- physically collaborative games;
- augmented reality;
- incremental console updates.
The process of creating games can be usually divided into two parts. First, there is the development side, where programmers and level designers take care of the game from scratch to ensure it functions smoothly. There is also the creative side, where artists, designers, and voice actors create visuals and narratives that engage players. The most forgotten group in the process is the game testers.
The most common belief is that all game testers focus solely on game playability and report bugs that interfere with the process.
In reality, the combination of different approaches in the testing process and early detection of bugs is the key to a successful product release.