Will 5G Really Change Gaming That Much?



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The moment that the world of gaming stops innovating, it dies. To keep players’ attention and to remain as profitable as it can be – it is pipped to be worth $159 billion in 2020 – the gaming industry must constantly be adapting and offering something new to remain relevant. The industry has to face new challenges and new competitors but is also presented with new opportunities. One of these will be the infrastructure it is built around – and one of the most obvious things to consider in 2020 is 5G. How will 5G be used to help usher in a new era for the constantly evolving world of gaming?

How Will 5G Affect Gaming and Entertainment?

5G is one of the most talked-about trends when it comes to the future of gaming. Not only will the technology enable players to engage faster, but the low latency means that gameplay around the world will be instantaneous. 5G involves sending data at a rate faster than 4G, with storage and processing occurring closer to the gamer, meaning the shorter distance of travel will result in faster gameplay.

Many of the problems currently faced by the mobile gaming industry will be rectified, and players who would previously have been unable to engage will be able to play due to better connectivity, which will change the face of the demographic of the players. Immersive experiences and a more integrated way of playing will attract new players and those who are looking to engage with brand new technology. Indeed, many gamers want to embrace the technology as well as the gameplay.

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New Tech Invigorates All Gaming Fields

Internet speeds and the push for technology in the sphere of gaming and entertainment will enable current trends to grow. For instance, as we can see from the growth of mobile phone casino games and the rise of the iGaming industry, players are able to engage with games such as live poker and live blackjack wherever they are. The speed of internet will legitimize the mobile versions of many iGaming sites which had previously been desktop-focused.

Moreover, gaming concepts such as AR (augmented reality) like Niantic’s Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be able to better showcase what integrated gaming using new technology could be like. The technology could arguably be the blueprint for what the future of gaming entails as the games show how the smartphone can be turned into a gaming console and how the player’s direct environment can be used to help create an exciting new game world.

eSports will also be further legitimized with an influx of new players and the removal of any lag that might occur. Games such as Fortnite and Apex Legends, which require extremely fast connectivity for optimal gameplay, may also reach a new audience of people as the industry continues to provide a fast way of engaging with cutting-edge tech.

By showing that the gaming industry is a pioneer for the new technology, both will attract further investment. This means that the industry can increase its competition, hire more talent, and continue to innovate into the future. The feedback loop of positive deployment and tech adoption means that the wider gaming industry looks set to benefit from its own success.