What is 5G?
Extremely fast, 5G has been the talk of the town in recent years, and many seem to be rooting for its never-before-seen potential. But what is it really?
5G is defined as the new generation of wireless network technology next to 4G. Experts claim that this new global wireless standard offers 20 times faster data download and upload speeds than its predecessor. To put things into perspective: 5G could download up to around 10 games before 4G could even finish downloading 50% of one game. By running a quick internet speed check using one of the many speed test applications available today, you can have an idea how your own mobile or home internet could get faster with 5G.
This new mobile internet technology uses radio spectrum, which allows access of far more devices to a single mobile internet simultaneously–a thing we could only imagine in the 4G era.
Although 5G has already been rolled out in some countries worldwide after its fruition around 2019, it is still in its infancy, and, for many people, its superiority over 4G isn’t yet apparent. However, a brighter future is waiting for the gaming world once 5G finally scales up.
Many organizations and tech experts are hopeful that 5G will transform various industries and people’s lives in general. There are claims that it’s likely to change the way we do things, including GAMING, which has now become one of the most popular things we do regularly.
Game expansion in the 5G era.
Technological advances paved the way for the evolution of gaming since the 1950s or even earlier. In recent years, gaming has seen great expansion, such as the introduction of more graphic-heavy mobile games. We’ve also seen how AR/VR extended its reach to mobile devices through games like Pokémon GO.
In the 5G era, gaming is expected to expand even more. Here are three ways how 5G can be impactful on the evolving world of gaming.
5G will make lag a thing of the past.
If you’re a gamer, you know well how latency or lag can mean the difference between life and death in most games. One of the most important things in an online environment, especially for gamers, is a desirable ping. With 5G, gamers can achieve lower latency of around 21-26ms. In the future, experts are hoping to make this even lower.
In one of her Destiny 2 games using 5G, popular female gamer Mari Takahashi (also known as “Atomicmari”) didn’t notice any latency problems. As a veteran player who doesn’t have any patience for lag, she thinks that 5G is the next big thing for the gaming community.
Verizon Wireless Executive Vice President and Group President, Ronan Dunne, has a similar view, saying that achieving low latency is key to taking gaming to the next level.
5G will usher in a golden age of game development.
With the advent of the 5G technology, game developers can finally focus their energy on creating great games without having to think about the limitations of a platform’s capabilities. In the past, developers used to work within particular constraints. They usually have to optimize and be resourceful. They also need to decide what’s really necessary for the games they’re developing and remove what might not work. Now that 5G is being introduced, users can play games on a wide variety of devices. With this, developers are now given the opportunity to work beyond limitations and pour their creativity into the games they make.
Moreover, the gaming industry doesn’t have to wait for several years before getting updates on their favorite games or seeing new ones in the market. Since game developers no longer have to depend on hardware production of console makers and computer companies, new games and updates can be rolled out immediately.
5G will bring more layers of life to games.
One of the things that the 5G technology promises are to make virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) both a REALITY by giving gamers more accurate and lifelike game experiences. With its low latency and super fast speed, 5G could make cordless VR headsets proliferate. Seamless graphics and better object recognition will also be possible. Gamers can even expect more games with sensory-rich feedback, such as feeling vibrations when interacting with objects within a game.
As users also seek more games that can be played on the go and in real-time, wearable game devices are expected to grow. Several companies like Apple, Google, HTC, and Lenovo have already started creating VR gaming devices in recent years.
5G has yet to show us its full potential, but many, especially the gaming community, are already hopeful for the future of this technology. Now, tech companies are working toward using this promising technology to make game providers deliver quality game experiences to users and give gamers a whole new level of gameplay without thinking too much about the hardware they use.
There definitely are great challenges ahead before achieving this goal. But so far, we can see that things are looking up for the world of gaming when 5G is factored in.