The wait is finally over; the fifth-generation (5G) wireless network has made its neat landing on our reality hemisphere! An innovation that could drastically change the history of communication networks, 5G will empower us with the capability of a completely associated world.
We have been told that 5G possibly modifies the way we collaborate with the physical and the virtual world. Undoubtedly, it isn’t going to just modestly improve the AR game scenario but soon be mandatory for AR & VR games. The network’s speed, ubiquity and low latency are justifiable. The faster data downloads, more stable connections and upload speeds of 5G network will usher in a better immersive future for AR/VR applications.
Augmented Reality & the Need for a smarter network
Immense data is being handled progressively in real-time, especially with the streaming of entertainment videos and games. As facts and figures go, a single video-game manufacturer alone can generate around 50 terabytes of data per day. With more than 2 billion video game players across the world, one could understand This huge consumption and transmission of data strain our existing band spectrums, congesting them further.
4G networks cannot carry the weight of progressively associated or shared AR experiences; nor do they have the necessary low latency – the period between a data request and a response – for real-time responsiveness. With a multitude of users accessing online mobile services simultaneously, often the services crash.
As we know, if there is one area that is a sore spot for AR and VR apps, it is poor network performance. Any delays or interruption can have a huge impact on user experience.
Is 5G the future of AR gaming?
As Huawei puts it aptly, “A 5G network provides up to a million connections per square kilometer.” AR and VR can survive only with such a vast multitude of connections.
As per Intel, by 2028, 90 percent of 5G revenues will be from AR – understandable considering how data-intensive AR is. A one minute AR experience consumes traffic that is 33 times more than a one minute video of 480 pixels!
The Umbilical Cord of AR
VR, AR, MR and XR are industries all set to grow massively in the coming years, with forecasts predicting more than 100 billion U.S. dollars in the coming decade.
With this super speed, latency will decrease to immeasurable amounts. AR and VR need decreased ultra-low latency and high bandwidth to perform efficiently. It is anticipated that 5G when compared with 4G, provides a 10x rise all the time, a 10x fall in latency and a 100x increase in traffic size.
The gamer will love his game experience and with a better UX comes greater chances of immersive gaming.
These features will make 5G a compulsory requirement for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality applications, thus letting the ongoing AR applications carry a great part of the escalated approach to the Cloud. This would give way to newer and cost-effective AR applications. The connection between AR and the 5G network will increase the ability of automated devices like robots that would perform better with newer improvements.
The latency of a mobile network matters significantly for reality platforms like AR, VR, MX, (mixed reality), XR (extended reality), or the 360-degree videos. The instant, real and responsive experience is the aftermath of a reduced latency that a 4G network often fails to provide.
Compared to the other reality platforms AR relies more on mobile network latency. AR devices like smartglasses demand a mobile network experience that can be supported only by 5G. The future of AR experiences, including AR games, is going to grow out of the constrained box of small AR apps and will be leaning heavily on a more competent network like 5G.
Game manufacturers can assure uninterrupted gaming experience as a 5G network will rip the cord of latency problems in a game and allow the gamer to live in that very world. Moreover, the gaming industry is sure to embrace big data technologies as it will be engaging new and better ways of customer engagement, enhanced end-user experience and targeted advertising.
Such prospects demand the agility of a 5G network that can promise more stable performance and reduced latency.
Empowerment of games
5G offers more than an option in contrast to fiber; it will likewise empower gamers to cut the string and move out into the world. Mobile gaming will no longer be centered around time-killing games, for example, Candy Crush. This benefit of 5G will considerably increase the number of games as well as gamers globally.
5G will likewise empower animated online gaming on any screen where the game really runs on the cloud server and is then streamed to the gadget of choice, similarly as you stream a Netflix film!
Worth the Wait
Many of the augmentations we have seen so far have been constrained to improving the visual experience, including better illustrations, quicker handling, smooth and faster processing and smoother gameplay. However, inundation is more than just a visual experience. Our gaming reality has borne a great change over the years, and more often than not, gamers have cheered the gradual increase of inundation. This new level of engagement will be a hit among the game development companies, thanks to the speed and connectivity. This synergy will create a good fortune for both the gaming companies and the gamers.
AR is all armoured and braced up to gallop into a whole new mainstream experience in the gaming industry, and 5G will be the white stallion that would take it beyond the future frontiers.