According to the analysts, the next generation of wireless connection technology is going to light up the landscape – providing exponential growth in all sorts of product sectors. Gaming, always top of the list when new speeds hove into view, is set to get quicker and sexier, especially in streamed multi player modes where enthusiasts battle it out with game fans all over the world. Slicker controls, faster scrolling and more action with less pixilation means an immersive experience that even the most hardened cyber-gamer can’t help but breathe heavily at.
5G hasn’t technically been launched yet, mind – and when you think that 4G is still not truly rolled out across the country then you’ll understand there’s still a while to wait. So for now I’ll just make your mouth water with the promise of things to come. Some of which, I have to say, may confuse people who have been reading up on 4G connections.
5G is going to debut with a connection speed (where all other things are equal, of course) of 1.3 gigabits per second. That sounds pretty sensational – and indeed it is – but it also sounds familiar. Now where have I heard that before? Oh yes. In the industry definition of 4G, that’s right.
4G connection speeds are defined as capable of achieving in excess of 1 gigabit per second data transfer speeds, where the device doing the connecting is static (a static mobile device is a phone or laptop or tablet, rather than a car for example). So 5G is either the same as 4G, or the industry lied to us when it defined 4G , or…
Oh no, wait, mobile connection terminology is just confusing. We all know that. All you really need to know is that 5G is the latest industry term for the kind of super fast mobile connection that everyone wants to be able to use. When you have 5G, you’ll be able to watch movies streaming in on one mobile device and still have a bunch of other mobile devices connected to the same signal (wait, wasn’t that also what they told me about 4G?). No more running round the house turning everything off to speed up your streamed TV viewing then.
From a gaming point of view speed is critical. Modern games require an absolutely insane amount of processing power just to run properly (which is why a dedicated gaming platform, like the Dell Alienware series, has such a huge memory capacity and normally more than one processor). Clearly the faster the data is streamed into your system, the more fluidly it will be able to deal with the finished article.
Also, with the ability for a 5G network to accurately feed multiple mobile devices you can bet you’ll start seeing smart phones and tablets functioning as second screen capabilities for popular online games. Before long, this blogger reckons you’ll be seeing Call of Duty linkups where your smartphone works like a kind of comms device, which you actually have next to you to connect with other members of your team while the world explodes around you.
You should also be able to use the multiple device capabilities of a 5G connection to interact on social media streams while gaming. Whatever you can do to enhance the realism and engagement factor of your favourite online game, 5G can make it happen. Technically speaking you could end up streaming to more than two devices, using your computer screen as the visuals for the “real world” of the game, while a tablet and a phone (for example) become instrument readouts in an interstellar liner.
The old arguments will still apply to 5G – top of the list being that the more power you have from a connection, the more likely you are to get capped on it quickly. I would advise you to be very aware of the capping and fair use policies of your provider. And to keep your eyes out for white space streaming, a whole new kind of technology that hasn’t even hit the markets yet. Without wanting to give too much away right now – 5G could well be the last version of wireless connection you see before we all switch to something different.
Erika Jonathon is a freelance content writer by profession. She finds immense pleasure in writing technology related article including Time Warner Cable NYC.