The next big thing in gaming isn’t necessarily a powerful processor, a graphics card, or a high-end console. The future of gaming is firmly in the cloud, as experienced by two of India’s top gamers – Mamba (SalmanAhmed) and Mortal (Naman Mathur) at India’s first cloud gaming event live on the Airtel 5G test network.
The first of its kind demo was organized by Airtel in Manesar and it is fair to say that the experience shook the minds of the gamers.
Both gamers connected to the 3500 MHz high-capacity spectrum band with their smartphones experienced speeds of over 1 Gbps and a delay of 10 milliseconds. They also used mid-segment smartphones, proving that anyone with a 5G connection can enjoy high-quality gaming on a budget smartphone without compromising on performance and without delay.
“It was a high-end PC and console quality gaming experience on a smartphone,” he said. Both said that the possibility of 5G connectivity could unlock online gaming in India. He says it can bring a lot of talented gamers from smaller towns into the mainstream through this route. 5G can take gaming in India to a whole new level and provide opportunities to create and publish games in India.
With new avenues opening up for game developers, gamers will finally get enough recognition to turn it into an honorable career. With the right gaming infrastructure, India can catch up with other countries where gaming is accepted as a real sport.
How can cloud gaming change overall gaming?
Today, gaming usually depends on the hardware of the device- processor, display, graphics, RAM etc. For example, if you want to play particular games, you need to check whether your phone is powerful enough to play it. The more powerful the phone, the more expensive it is likely to be. All of this really limits high-end gaming to a limited audience who can invest in expensive hardware. However, cloud gaming turns on its head. This really makes gaming a streaming experience. So just like you stream a video on your device, you can play an entire game on your phone without downloading it. The game will run on servers in the cloud.
All you have to do is connect to the cloud, choose your game and start playing. With just one smartphone and a super-fast connection – like Airtel 5G. Anyone can access thousands of games at their fingertips. More importantly, unlike streaming a movie or TV show, where you only watch the content, here you interact with the game, such as giving commands, talking to other gamers, etc. This is where having a hyper-fast and ultra-low latency 5G test network will make the experience smoother.
Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel said, “The combination of high speed and low latency of cloud gaming 5G will be one of the biggest use cases as we conduct this 5G gaming session after delivering India’s first 5G demo on the test network. Excited to do. Imagine enjoying real-time gaming on the go with someone sitting in another part of the world. This is the beginning of an exciting digital future that Airtel will enable for its customers as we prepare to roll out 5G in India.
Airtel’s 5G cloud gaming event comes after another successful live demonstration organized by the company in Hyderabad earlier this year, where it tested 5G services on a 4G network. Airtel recently partnered with Nokia and Ericsson to conduct 5G trials in several cities in India. As India’s leading mobile network, Airtel is testing 5G on a large scale, paving the way for its easy arrival in the country, while also laying the foundation for a whole new world of connectivity.
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