The next big thing in gaming is not a powerful processor, graphics card, or high-end console. The future of gaming is in the cloud, as two of India’s leading gamers, Mamba (Salman Ahmed) and Mortal (Naman Mathur), went live on Airtel 5G Test Network at India’s first cloud gaming event.
It is fair to say that the first demo of its kind was hosted at Airtel Manesar and this experience shook the minds of gamers.
Both gamers have experienced a 3500 MHz high capacity spectrum band with their smartphones with speeds of 1 Gbps and 10 milliseconds. They also used mid-segment smartphones, proving that anyone with 5G connectivity can enjoy high-quality gaming without compromising performance and delaying on a budget smartphone.
“It’s a high-end PC and console quality gaming experience on a smartphone,” he said. Both said the possibility of 5G connectivity could unlock online gaming in India. He says this route can bring a lot of talented gamers from the small towns into the mainstream. 5G can take gaming in India to a whole new level and provide opportunities to create and publish games in India.
As new avenues open up for game developers, gamers are finally getting enough recognition to turn it into an honorable career. With the right gaming infrastructure, India can catch up with other countries that accept gaming 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 specific games, you need to check if your phone is powerful enough to play it. The more powerful a phone is, the more expensive it can be. All of this limits high-end gaming to a limited audience that invests in really expensive hardware. However, cloud gaming is turning its head. It really makes gaming a streaming experience. Just as you stream video on your device, you can play the entire game on your phone without downloading it. The game runs on a server in the cloud.
All you need to do is connect to the cloud, pick your game and start playing. With just one smartphone and fastest connection – like Airtel 5G. Anyone can access thousands of games at their fingertips. More importantly, unlike streaming a movie or TV show, you only watch content, where you interact with the game, such as giving commands, talking to other gamers, and so on. Having a hyper fast and ultra-low latency 5G test network here will make the experience easier.
Bharati Airtel CTO Randeep Sekhon said, “One of the biggest use cases of cloud gaming is the high speed and low latency combination as we conduct this 5G gaming session after delivering India’s first 5G demo on the test network. Imagine enjoying gaming as Airtel is launching an exciting digital future for its customers as we prepare to roll out 5G in India.
Airtel’s 5G cloud gaming event comes after another successful live demonstration hosted in Hyderabad earlier this year, where 5G services were tested on a 4G network. Airtel recently partnered with Nokia and Ericsson to launch 5G experiments in several Indian cities. As India’s leading mobile network, Airtel is testing the 5G on a large scale, paving the way for easy access to the country and laying the foundation for a whole new world of connectivity.
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