5G is the tech word of the past year, a cause of much excitement, controversy, and unnecessary paranoia. With expected transfer speeds of around 300-1000 Mb/s, there is no doubt that it will revolutionize how we interact both in the physical and digital worlds.
Due to the use of short-range frequencies, as well as software and hardware advancements, latency will drop below 5 ms, marking a ten-fold improvement over 4G. In the gaming sphere, all mobile gaming will change, from improved FPS graphics to virtual reality poker rooms. The latter is amidst a second boom period with an unprecedented number of people playing at GGPoker and similar platforms.
Thanks to 5G, all mobile games will reach the next step in their evolution, and new technologies will gain access to the sphere.
Mobile Cloud & Multiplayer Gaming
Due to fast and stable 5G connections that make lag non-existent, players will be able to download large titles in seconds. Even though players now play over a 4G network, competitive multiplayer gameplay over a smartphone is impossible. Modern players cannot settle for the current sub-par 4G experience.
5G also will allow for multiple connections, so the Fortnite cap of 100 players per session may be a thing of the past. Also, as cloud gaming services are becoming a thing, and companies such as Microsoft, Google, GeForce, and Steam have already announced plans of launching such services, cloud-based gaming on a smartphone will be the start of a new era in gaming.
The Rise of Streaming & In-Game Advertising
If the Esports sphere continues on its current path, estimates say that by 2023, globally, there will be 300 million frequent Esports viewers and 351 million occasional ones. Most online sportsbooks already accept bets on Esports leagues that feature matches on titles such as CS: GO, League of Legends, DOTA, and Starcraft.
Not only is the Esports sector growing, but so is the game streaming one. In 2020, Twitch reported over 3.8 million streamers and over 15 million unique daily viewers. Watching people play video games is a thing, and thanks to 5G, streamers can create more interactive streams. Improved data-flow infrastructure will allow mobile users to see a match from various players’ perspectives. It will also open the door for ads to play in their native resolution on smartphone screens, 60 frames per second.
AR & VR Technologies
Though AR/VR products have not garnered as much of the market as some experts projected, they maintain a loyal fanbase. As rumblings suggest that Microsoft may release a VR set for its Xbox series X & S and that Sony may add one for the PS5 in the coming year, we could be in for a VR revolution soon.
AR/VR experiences are resource-heavy, but 5G networks and improving hardware capability should allow for immersive mobile experiences. 360-degree videos are also something that should rise in popularity, as their engagement possibilities open up monetization ones. Thus, it shouldn’t be long before we should be able to plug in a VR headset into our phones.