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How 5G Changes The Gaming Industry

by Kenny Trinh, a founder of Netbooknews.com

After years of hushed conversations, confusion, and finally promises of the advancement of mobile internet, it has finally arrived. 5G is the revolution of the mobile internet the world has been waiting for and it is now available to the public.

There are a few catches with the availability of the 5G revolution. It is only being offered in a handful of cities in a variety of countries including the United States and the United Kingdom. The only way you can use this technology as of late is if you have a compatible device and live in one of the lucky areas that are hosting this next-generation of internet.

What is 5G, and what makes it the next step in the mobile internet?

You have heard of 4G, which is one of the most common mobile internets available. You get it with most mobile devices today. What 5G is can be compared to 4G just as a super-charged version. What this means is that you will be able to have considerably faster downloads, more stable connections, and less latency.

There are many wonderful things that come with the revolution of 5G. You will see that 5G will help to generate more advancements in technology such as in driverless cars, robotic surgery, smart cities and homes on a much larger scale. The idea of 5G is that it is going to help bring technology to the forefront of our society on a much grander scale than it currently is on.

5G is a mobile network that will provide more seamless connectivity for all mobile devices. Things like dropped calls, lagging email, gaming and other types of common wireless internet issues will be a thing of the past. With the development of 5G technology for our mobile network, you will see developments in multiple areas that you would never have thought possible.The advent of a technological driven society is what 5G brings to the table. These developments are going to help make things like gaming to the next level and introduce a limitless future for gaming that will make it much more mobile and plausible in regards to VR and AR.

How Will 5G Change The Gaming Industry?

Video games are one of the most cited areas that manufacturers consider when it comes to the advancement of mobile internet. Gaming is one of the largest industries that are going to be positively impacted by pushing ahead with 5G technology on their networks. Here you are going to find a list of the main reasons why this next generation of mobile internet is going to change the way you currently game.

However, to be clear, these reasons listed below are not going to be the only reasons 5G will change gaming, they are simply some of the most noticeable ways discovered at the 5G public infancy stage.

1.       Game Downloading And Uploading Will Be Much Faster

You will be able to discover how quick game downloading can be as you will be able to do so at least a hundred times faster than ever before. With the development of 3G, you can download HD movies, but you would set up the download and then wait at least 24 hours for it to complete. With the introduction of 4G and LTE networks, which are the most widely used today, that download time was slashed to minutes.

Now with the introduction of 5G, think about how fast you will be able to download the same HD movie that took 24 hours on a 3G network. We are talking about mere seconds. You can blink, and half the movie is done downloading. What you can probably expect is download speeds of ranging around 300-1000Mbs in this early stage.

With the ability to download games and upload to other devices at a much faster speed, it enables the gaming industry to take it beyond the boundaries that 4G and LTE currently place on it. The speed at which 5G runs will make the ability to game at a much faster pace a possibility. You will be able to take gaming on the go and not have to worry about how it will be impacted in regards to mobile network zones.

As the use of 5G becomes more widespread, there have been testing conditions that have showcased the same downloads speed leaning towards 25Gbs in specific environments. When these conditions are met, we are talking about a download speed that is going to be 250 times faster, then the average speed of downloading on a 4G network.

Games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare are going to be able to maneuver between devices without the worry of lagging. The speed at which transfers can happen will be mind blowing.

2.       Cloud Gaming Could Reach New Heights

When it comes to heavy games, you need to play them on either a gaming laptop or a PC that is highly configured. With the use of 5G technology, cloud gaming should be seamless. You should be able to play on any portable device and not have any latency issues whatsoever. Furthermore, using a 5G network may even allow you to stream top-end games to your phone or tablet without interruption to your game. You will be able to seamlessly game and no one will notice you are no longer using your laptop, PC or console.

The use of 5G technology will eliminate the need for big gaming consoles. Therefore, instead of you using a $300-$500 system, you will be able to play on your phone, tablet, or any mobile device. The reason for this is that a cloud server will do all the processing and you don’t have to worry about lag. The experience in gaming from a mobile device should be indistinguishable from having the gaming console in the room with you.

Gaming examples that you can seamlessly play on a 5G network:

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most ambitious video games on the market, and it is set to launch in 2020. It has been confirmed that the title will come to the Google Stadia Platform.

Microsoft recently launched a public preview of its cloud-based games and their associated video game streaming service Project xCloud. Devices that support the 5G connection will be able to play Gears of War5 on mobile. Gears are one of the most recently released and have been created using the Unreal Engine 4. When this game runs on an Xbox, it pushes the limits of the console. However, with the 5G connection, you will be able to stream a game of this complexity seamlessly, a task that was unthinkable on other networks.

Meanwhile, Google’s video gaming streaming services, Stadia, was released in November of 2019 and it stated that its services could be delivered via a controller and dongle combo. You will be able to stream games at 4K resolution with 60-second frames.

3.       Mobile Gaming With Multiplayer Mayhem

Multiplayer is one of the areas that mobile gaming has struggled with the most in the past. While it is possible to play multiplayer games on a 4G network connection or Wi-Fi, it is still an area that could use some improvement. As 5G continues to grow, you may see that developers will release more multiple player games for mobile devices as more and more people will be able to play online while away from their home internet connection.

5G will provide the mobile gaming market the opportunity to come up with more multiple player games that can be streamed on a mobile network without the worry of latency or lagging breaking the connection needed to maintain the games.  As gamers get newer technology that allows them to play with friends on the network of their choosing, you will find an increase in multiplayer games being played away from home because of the possibilities that the 5G mobile network has provided them.

4.       5G Will Unlock The Potential Of Augmented Reality (AR) And Virtual Reality (VR)

One of the most serious difficulties that those who use augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have is the lagging. Both VR and AR require a cheaper and more substantial network that has lower latency and provides consistency. If both AR and VR are going to evolve, this is a must. For the potential of AR and VR to be completely unlocked, 5G is not a nice to have; it is a necessity.

The latency on LTE and 4G networks is 48.6 ms on AT&T, 51.6ms on T-Mobile, 54.0ms on Verizon, and 55.1 ms on Sprint, and this is according to Opensignal’s July 2019 Mobile Network Experience Report for the United States. The latency of 5G is considerably less comparatively. You are talking a latency of 25ms on AT&T and Verizon at most. For the most part there will be a simple latency of air time, between device and tower of 12ms.

Our current 4G networks simply don’t have the capacity to carry the weight of more connected or shared AR experiences. Furthermore, they do not have the ability to give low latency, which is the time between an input and data being sent in response to real-time responsiveness.

It is here that a 5G network will be able to take the AR to the next level. The next-generation mobile network will massively increase the capacity that these devices can handle and the results will be a much lower latency. ABI Research predicts that 5G will provide an increase that is ten times in throughput and ten times the decrease in latency with 100 times the increase in traffic capacity over the 4G networks. What that means is that 5G will not only improve the use of AR and VR, it will also be a requirement for some of the most exciting application that they use.

Augmented Reality will help to create a new way for people to connect with media through the use of virtual items, virtual characters, and augmented contextual information. As well, it will help to create new channels for content creators to reach their fans.

Virtual Reality is a highly responsive haptic suit that is merged with advanced virtual reality capabilities such as ready player one. It will unleash a new sensation dimension to media consumption. This type of new VR experience will emerge in 2025 and it will generate a large sum of profit that is estimated to be about $5 billion annually by the year 2028. Now is the time to be on the right technology that will enable this type of advancement and 5G is it.

A new Intel and Ovum Report estimate that 5G-powered augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) gaming will reach a tipping point. The tipping point suggested by the report is that by 2028, gaming will account for up to 90 percent of the 5G AR data. The current percentage of AR and VR used on gaming with 3G and 4G networks is not nearly what it is predicted to be in the future with 5G technology. Currently, AR and VR are not widely used because the connection isn’t powerful enough to maintain without a console. Therefore, AR and VR usage on 4G networks is nearly unheard of.

Conclusion

When we think of the advancement of technology, we often give little consideration to the network. Now, with the release of 5G mobile internet, you are on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens with it. Everything will be impacted by the advancement of the mobile network from 4G to 5G because of the incredible leap it took with its development.

If you think that nothing will change with the advancement of and usage of 5G networks, you are wrong. There is a whole world that will open up when it comes to 5G. We will see that there is going to be much more than just cellular stability that will be apparent when 5G become the primary mobile network everyone uses.

From gaming to mobiles and everything in between, you will see a great advancement in the way we use mobile internet with 5G. We believe that 5G is going to revolutionize technology and make it much more fun to use. Gaming is one of the ways 5G will impact your everyday life. With faster downloads, faster uploads, low latency, if any at all and the ability to seamlessly move from console to mobile phone or tablet for gaming while the cloud does all the processing, what more could you ask for? 5G is the way of the future with gaming and we are excited to see where else it will take us.