“5G therefore has the potential to turn telcos into another significant new gaming channel and independent cloud gaming players can partner with these players and enable this huge opportunity.
In fact, several telcos like Verizon are already testing new cloud gaming formats on their 5G networks and are expected to roll out new revenue models within the year. The advent of 5G will shift the gaming industry from hardware to a software-based technology that will emulate the Netflix and Spotify style of success. The question now is who will be able to take advantage of it”.
“Today when we´re deploying cloud gaming, we´re typically doing it over fiber, cable networks or even ADSL networks. 5G adds something very important to the game which is that you can play triple-A gaming on the move, wherever you are. Telcos around the world are looking for use cases for 5G technology and we´re working with a number of them to provide a sort of the most extreme use case for 5G which would be a streaming of virtual reality game. The 360º degree experience of VR requires much better latency performance and here´s where 5G adds value… The two hottest markets in 5G are currently the US and South Korea… In emerging countries, the power of cloud gaming is that you can stream to lower devices, the penetration of video consoles or gaming PCs is very limited there as they´re very expensive”.
“PlayGiga has been working with a number of telecom operators who want to explore how 5G behaves with an extremely stressful case for the technology such as streaming of a virtual reality game“.
“We´re showing a VR game streamed to the local device, which in this case is the VR glasses. Since the game is being processed in the cloud you don´t need high-end VR glasses, as you don´t need local processing power”.
PlayGiga´s groundbreaking cloud gaming VR tech starred in the MWC2019 by its own merits, but also by the stars that came to have a look at it, like Víctor Claver, the great former NBA and current Barça basketball player who came to visit us in the Vodafone stand.
PlayGiga was also happy to receive a BBC shooting crew who came to cover PlayGiga´s demo running in a Vodafone 5G connection.