The pandemic caused hysteria and panic all over the world, which resulted in us being confined to our homes. Everything moved to the digital realm and we were starving for entertainment. Video games came to the rescue; they have been a lifeline for many during these turbulent times. Games have allowed us to stay connected with friends and families while occupying us mentally. Since the invention of 5G, the entire gaming industry is on the cusp of a great change.
The gaming industry is massive while these days most users are moving towards cloud and streaming games. Since the cloud based games and file sharing are becoming increasingly popular, 5G will greatly aid its development.
5G is the fastest wireless network and has limitless possibilities. Consequently, 5G will unlock the hidden potential of gaming. Players can expect faster downloads and streaming; however, the biggest impact will result from improved latency. The response time will be as low as five milliseconds, this means in-game action will be smoother than ever, the lag will be non-existent between your input and the game’s response.
In the following article I have highlighted few of the ways in which the gaming industry will alter, all thanks to 5G.
Impact of Speed:
5G is said to be significantly faster than its predecessor. It will go beyond 4G LTE and the predicted speed up till now is 10 Gpbs which is about 100x faster to 4G. This means that you can download about 10 games before 4G could even deliver the first half.
In the simplest terms, Latency means how long a signal takes to go from its source to the receiver, and then back again. 5G is said to have a lower latency than its predecessor, the time period is less than five milliseconds. The only true limitation is human reaction.
The latency has dropped from 20 milliseconds to 5 milliseconds, the difference may not seem like much but it will be evident when games are played. Every game has its own built-in latency.
A testimonial of a well-known gamer, AtomicMari, “What I notice is that I’m playing Destiny 2 and I’m playing with two other people on my team. And this is a game that is multiplayer with a lot of mobs and enemies that come out and anything in that type of game would cause a lot of latency problems. And what I know is that I haven’t seen any latency problems. And that is so dope.”
VR and AR Possibilities:
5G will open up an entirely new gaming reality. The combination of ultra-fast speed and low latency will allow users to have a more immersive experience to escape this mundane world. Potentially, blurring the realities between real and virtual.
The technology will allow users to be free from cords, game graphics will be seamless and better than ever before. Users will not have to wear heavy headgear which at times can induce nauseating feelings.
The higher amounts of 5G will be necessary for VR and AR content that’s streamed from the cloud, providing users with the same flexibility they’ve come to expect from video streaming platforms like Netflix.
Professional esports is becoming one of the fastest growing spectator events. Since 5G reduces network latency or lag at a dramatic level, users will be able to have a seamless experience. Consequently, teams will be on a level playing field and no longer be at a disadvantage due to lag.
According to Ronan Dunne, Executive Vice President and Group President, Verizon Wireless, “Minimizing latency is how you take gaming to the next level. Getting your retaliation in first during a game is all that matters.”
The smoothest of playbacks can be expected due to 5G. Families can now play together and the quality of the game will not be compromised. It will not matter how complex the game is, it will translate to the screen exactly as the developer had intended.
Developers no longer have to focus on the cutbacks on the game in order to fit a specific platform’s hardware. According to Verizon, “For their entire careers, developers have had to work within those constraints,” says Cat Schmitz, a Verizon 5G Ecosystems Open Innovation team member. “They’ve always had to optimize, to decide what’s really important and then take out the rest. On a 5G network, they don’t have to do that. We’ve given them the opportunity to reverse their thought process.”
5G will completely alter how product designers think about games. They can remove all the unnecessary specifications and solely focus on creating an immersive user experience. At the rate tech is advancing, it would be safe to say that in the future games could be played on nothing more than a piece of glass containing a small processor and battery rather than a computer or smartphone.
5G will change the way we perceive multiple things. It will challenge us to push past our boundaries and look beyond our limited horizons. The increased speed and reduced latency will ensure a seamless experience for users. Furthermore, the developments in VR and AR technology will bring our dystopian tech dreams to life.