Cloud gaming is a remote gaming experience where video games can be played and streamed directly to the gamer’s device with all the games being stored in the cloud. This innovation is said to transform the traditional gaming experience by removing the need for external, bulky, and expensive hardware when playing your favourite video games.
And with 5G providing faster, reliable, and stabler internet connectivity, cloud gaming is said to transform the gaming industry with its on-demand gaming services and a mobile cloud gaming experience that can drive hard competition for traditional PC/console gaming.
Here is how cloud gaming can revolutionize the industry with the power and speed of 5G connectivity.
1) Games For Every Kind of Gamer
Today, there are different types of gamers in the gaming universe. Some are casual gamers, others only prefer playing mobile games, and there are also enthusiasts and competitive gamers who are in it to win it. And to satiate the appetite of all these different gamers, there are wide varieties of games available in the market today on many different platforms.
Now, with cloud gaming and the power of 5G, game developers, publishers, and cloud service providers hope to add a vast portfolio of games to the cloud that everyone can experience just as they would on their usual devices.
This would mean that large-budget multiplayer, mid-tier, casual, and even mobile games would all be on a single platform for any kind of gamer to enjoy.
2) Cross-Device Gaming Experience
In the present gaming universe, different publishers own different games available on certain platforms. For example, there are some games available specifically for PlayStation, Xbox, or mobile users.
And to play platform-specific games, you first need the hardware, which is expensive. Think for a second about the cost of a PlayStation or an Xbox and then think of the cost of the accessories that you would need to buy along with it!
But cloud gaming allows you to access all these highly-rated, high-resolution graphics games without purchasing expensive, bulky hardware! And with 5G, it can provide a gaming experience that can match the traditional video game experience too.
And here is the bonus. This also means that users can play the same game across multiple devices for a true cross-device gaming experience. And so, game developers and publishers would only need to make the game compatible with the cloud, skipping the need for local platforms.
3) Pulls In A Bigger Gaming Audience
With cloud gaming, you can play games across multiple devices with minimal to no extra expensive hardware. This, along with the promised variety of games propels more people into the gaming universe, thereby growing the audience with time.
This means the mobile gamer, the casual gamer, the enthusiast, and even the non-gamer can all play the games they prefer from a single place and have access to a wider variety of games as well. And with 5G going hand-in-hand with cloud gaming, the high speeds and low latencies can vastly improve the gaming experience with crisp graphics and faster reaction times.
4) Accelerates Innovations in Device Design
As cloud gaming becomes more and more prominent with high-profile games coming into the mix, game processing hardware is predicted to steadily move to the cloud, reducing the need for bulky gaming equipment.
This would mean that gamers would be able to purchase better graphics, cross-device plugins and more as a service on the cloud rather than purchasing the hardware that does the same.
This in turn can drive hardware manufacturers to focus more on innovations in device design. With 5G and cloud gaming, manufacturers would be able to design and innovate game devices like VR headsets, controllers and more to be lighter, and faster, with easy-to-install configurations and trouble-free maintenance.
5) Provides More Monetization Avenues
Once cloud gaming services gain traction and gaming-as-a-service become more popular with users being able to purchase high-quality graphics, cross-device use, etc., publishers have more monetization avenues to explore with subscription models, season passes, advertising, micro-transactions for skins, characters etc., and lots more.
The Power Couple – 5G and Cloud Gaming
Akshaya Moondra, the CEO of Vi describes cloud gaming to be one of the largest use cases of 5G. And with telecom providers like Vi pushing advancements into the infrastructure and connectivity for 5G, it is only a matter of time till cloud gaming becomes the next big thing.
So, explore 5G services with Vi to experience high-speed internet surfing with low latencies and less network congestion. Stay tuned for exciting technological innovations powered by Vi 5G.