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The future brightens for the mobile gaming industry with 5G technology

The Indian gaming industry is in its vital phase of technological development and user recognition. According to the report published by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), mobile gaming is the fastest growing sector in the country and has grown by 40% in 2019-2020, which is expected to triple in the next 5 years.

The 5G network will help bring an extra level of depth to the creation of next-gen games. HD graphics, fast internet, higher configuration smartphones are important factors to organize the best user experience seamlessly and overcome infrastructural bottlenecks.

The 5G revolution

Mobile gaming is one of the booming markets and it is mainly centered on smartphone penetration in India. By demonstrating their high-speed networks, most telecom giants provide a glimpse of the experience 5G can deliver.

Immersive video technology and reduced latency are the stipulated features of 5G technology that online gamers have been waiting for with high hopes. A 5G smartphone is designed to deliver a premium experience by combining state-of-the-art hardware with intuitive and intelligent software, which allows offline actions to be reflected online in real time.

Entering a 5G era will transform India into a vibrant country with high-tech cities and highly connected Tier II and III cities and usher in a more technological age of speed. Optimized graphics, high frame rates, immersive visual experience and dramatically reduced latency will redefine online gaming with much faster speed (10x to 20x) than its predecessor, 4G.

The most important factor for a player is the Response time while playing over a mobile broadband connection. In fast-paced competitive titles, that ping and latency decide the winner. The heavy graphics details in today’s games also demand high-speed data for faster downloads.

Unlocking the future of online gaming

5G will unlock the future of online gaming bringing it closer to reality, enabling gaming in a fully virtual world in a metaverse or through cloud gaming and augmented reality. In the virtual world, it also becomes easier to target the audience compared to the real world by considering user behavior and other aspects. Metaverse will bring absolutely risk-free virtual money and physical interactions, which will be a benefit for every user and service provider. In the gaming industry, the metaverse is also expected to take VR gaming to incredible new heights and go beyond its current capabilities.

According to the Boston Consulting Group and Sequoia report, mobile gaming accounts for 86% of the gaming market in India, but with the launch of 5G, this number will only increase with many options such as modern technologies, for example. example cloud computing, blockchain, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), 3D reconstruction, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

As online games become the skill base, strategic and most sought-after entertainment pastime during the global pandemic, the Indian gaming industry is also witnessing an accelerated growth trend. All these facts and figures clearly indicate that the market potential of the 5G sector will be huge. Healthy 5G internet connectivity can truly surpass the existing mobile and connectivity experience for online gamers.

(Mihir Sanchala is Assistant Vice President of Technology, PlayerzPot Media Pvt. Ltd, views are personal)

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Posted: Wednesday May 4th 2022, 9:48 PM IST