Technologies such as ray tracing and haptic feedback, considered disruptive today, will be nice and retro in 30 years, just how 8-bit color and text-based quests seem in 2020. Who needs hundreds of frames per second when you can have VR games streamed directly into your brain?
Nevertheless, nostalgia is a constant in human history, and in 2050 collecting game consoles is a niche hobby. One person, who started with the Xbox 2 and the PlayStation 8 (two must-haves for every retro enthusiast) built a large collection of consoles and the first VR headsets. Their next challenge: finding an original PlayStation console. In the antique electronics market, a PS1 can fetch 0.0001 bitcoins, or 50,000 cyberdollars. But the real rarity in this collection is the Dendy system, released in 1992 — an NES clone for which the hero of our tale forked out 0.001 bitcoins.
Many collectors, bored with hardware only, are also on the lookout for classic titles. Our hero’s favorites are Cyberpunk 2077, Red Dead Redemption 3 and The Last of Us Part III.
However, for true retro aficionados, even games are not the limit. Enthusiasts collect AV equipment of yesteryear, as well as smartphones and tablets. Unfortunately, there is nowhere to download apps for the iPhone 15 Pro Max XXL, so our hero uses it as a night-light.
The collector’s real pride, however, is a tattered Half-Life 3 poster from 2038. Seventeen years after its announcement, the project is still in development and has been dubbed Half-Life Forever among gamers.