Video game tech we wish existed in the real world

Video Game Tech
Animus Assassin's Creed

Video game tech is usually weird and wonderful, which makes getting to experiment with all the more thrilling. From the first time we picked up a Portal gun to discovering the many intricacies of the Neuromods in Prey, playing with toys that just couldn’t exist in the real world always gives us a buzz.

But what if they could? That’s the question that has had us racking our brains recently, which is why we’re taking a look at some of the items we wish could make the leap from the virtual world to the real one.

1. The Portal Gun from Portal

To give it its full title, the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device is probably one of the most amazing pieces of technology we can imagine. Gone would be the days of long and expensive commutes and red-eye flights… we could just leave a portal at a place we visit regularly and hop back and forth whenever we pleased. Of course, so could anyone else who happened to find it. And that’s assuming we remembered to then leave said portal in situ, and never gave in to the temptation to create a portal to the nearest fridge…

2. Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV from Fallout 4

Torch, radio, personal secretary, and Google Maps all rolled into one – if we could just get it to run our favourite games too, we’d never need another piece of tech. It manages to remind us what we were doing, helps us equip clothes and other items, and even dispenses medicine and food. Honestly, it’s a miracle we can get through the day without one of these things.

3. The Animus from Assassin’s Creed

There’s something pretty darn cool about being able to relive the everyday experiences of a long-dead ancestor, and because it’s all technically just a simulation there’s no need to worry about pesky things like finding out how to time-travel or worrying about the Butterfly Effect. And just think of all the historic mysteries we could solve.

Although we’re not sure we’d necessarily want our own descendants to take such a detailed look back at our lives in the future…

4. The Focus from Horizon Zero Dawn

Now if we were going to live in a world filled with gigantic robotic dinosaurs, we’d really like to have one of these. Actually, even in the real world the Focus would come in super handy. Who wouldn’t want X-ray vision, amazing tracking skills, and the ability to unscramble and repair badly damaged data?

Come to think of it, with one of those we’d make amazing police detectives…

5. Neuromods from Prey

Hear us out here – normally, the idea of sticking a long pointy needle into our own eyeballs wouldn’t really appeal. But if we could find the courage to go through with it (preferably while heavily sedated so we wouldn’t have to watch), the benefits seem totally worth it. Who wouldn’t want to become an instant genius in any field? Or sprout telekinetic powers capable of giving scary aliens a run for their money?

6. Gummi Ship from Kingdom Hearts

Now if you’re going to hop around between worlds, you might as well do it in style. There are some pretty fabulous Gummi Ship customisations out there, and getting to pilot a spaceship through a real-life minigame on our way to a brand new world sounds pretty fun. While we’re at it, can we have a Keyblade too?

7. Checkpoints from… Well, loads of games

Let’s be honest, the single most useful device a video game could ever put in front of you is a checkpoint. If you die because you did something utterly stupid, you get a second chance. Or a third. Or a fourth. As many as you like, in fact. If we could have unlimited do-overs in the real world, we reckon we could get an awful lot more stuff done in our lives.

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