For a lot of people, they may have only just made the switch from a 3G handset to a 4G capable device, and now it seems that 5G is literally just around the corner. As most will have already gathered, technology never stands still and 5G’s ability to download at 10GB per second is being seen as a huge step forward in mobile network tech. The benefits that the fifth generation of mobile networks will bring are frighteningly good for many industries, but just how will 5G influence mobile gaming?
There’s been a huge rise over the last few years in the number of people playing games via their mobiles devices on a regular basis. They could be playing a puzzler, a role-playing game, an augmented reality game or even partaking in a bit of gambling like slots or card games. Whatever people are playing, mobile platforms are now making up the lion’s share of the gaming market, and even though many games can be played without an active internet connection, many leading titles and multiplayer games depend on internet connectivity for their leaderboards and interactions.
4G Speeds vs 5G Speeds
As it stands, 4G is quick, so when people are gaming on the move they’ll more than likely be enjoying a smooth gaming experience. It’s estimated that the really impressive 4G networks can offer speeds of around 300 Mb/s. However, as stated, 5G is expected to be a lot quicker with people claiming speeds could be close to 10GB/s. This ultimately means downloading games will literally be instant on the mobile network, and playing online will be smoother and faster than ever before.
5G will also allow for huge improvements in terms of the content created by developers. We’ve seen in the past how Pokémon Go took the world by storm, especially with its’ use of Augmented Reality or AR. What we could see, thanks to massively improved speeds and better connections, is AR characters losing their previously debilitating lag times and now interacting with their surroundings a lot better thanks to being able to connect to services like Google Street View for example.
Another area that would benefit from improved speed and reliability is the mobile and live casino services that have been growing in popularity. Having spoken to several users of the online casino brand mFortune, users noted that while the games were great and proved popular, lag times on the move and internet connectivity issues often resulted in games lagging thanks to the high-end graphics. The ability to maintain a faster and smoother connection would ensure that the streams would be flawless in quality and the providers will be able to provide a better service to the players, keeping them connected without sacrificing visual effects.
Perfect Mobile Gaming
Another huge positive to look forward to when it comes to 5G are the latency improvements. When somebody presses a link on their smartphone to open a web page, or when they’re playing a multiplayer game and selecting an option; there’s always a slight delay from request to the action taking place. Even though it’s a matter of milliseconds it’s still noticeable, but with 5G everything will seem instantaneous. Waiting, even for 50 milliseconds, will be a thing of the past.
So if things go as planned, consumers will be able to expect an almost perfect mobile gaming experience in the near future. 5G is definitely a massive step in the right direction. In fact, it is even likely to outperform a lot of home broadband speeds. Who knows, as a result, it may ultimately facilitate an environment where home broadband becomes redundant; and consumers only need 5G for all of their internet needs!