The newly launched 5G technology in India was presented in a grand way at the 6th India Mobile Congress 2022. Telecom giants Airtel, Jio, and Vodafone Idea proudly displayed various industry use cases of the new technology. One of these use cases also involves cloud gaming. Cloud gaming essentially defines a whole new way of playing games which, unlike conventional console and PC gaming, eliminates the need for top-end hardware that expensive desktops, consoles or gaming phones offer.
Instead, cloud gaming depends on quick and stable internet connectivity. Let’s take a look at what exactly is Cloud Gaming and how will 5G impact it.
What is Cloud Gaming?
Cloud Gaming refers to when a game runs on a data server rather than on localised hardware. Players can remotely access this server via their systems. The input of the games is collected by the user and on the other hand, the output is displayed to them. Only the game’s processing is not done locally and therefore it requires a good internet connection so that the system can send data to the cloud, process it, and show an output back on the gamer’s screen. All of this happens in real time.
So, basically, the role of the CPU and the GPU are taken away. In other words, gamers need not spend loads of money on graphics cards as they can simply use the cloud for processing the game. while the game’s processing is done on the cloud, the inputs or actions taken within the game will be completed by the player.
Benefits of Cloud Gaming
The primary benefit, as many would have already guessed by now, is the elimination of specific hardware from the equation. This is great for casual gamers who may not want to spend loads of cash on high-end systems. This single factor alone played a major role in attracting people to cloud gaming, especially during the early pandemic era.
This was a time when the supply of GPUs was limited and therefore, getting a gaming PC had become a mountain of a task. Furthermore, consoles such as the Sony PS5 and the Xbox were also facing shortages of supply all over the world.
Lastly, with all the game’s data and progress stored in remote data centres, one can easily play the game from anywhere on the planet given that there is a fast and stable internet connection.
Future of Cloud Gaming
Google has announced that its cloud gaming service, Google Stadia will be discontinued in January 2023. However, various other cloud gaming services such as Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Sony’s PlayStation Plus Premium, and the godfather of them all, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass continue offering their services.
Cloud gaming is projected to become more mainstream in the coming few years. As per a report by Grand View Research, the cloud gaming ecosystem, (worth USD 691.6 million in 2021) is expected to grow at a CAGR of 45.8 per cent from 2022 to 2030.
With 5G now officially out, the future of could gaming seems to be limitless. As exponential speeds and low latency are touted as 5G’s key selling points, it is bound to have an impact on cloud gaming services.
We spoke to Vodafone Idea’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing, Prithwish Mukherjee about the future of cloud gaming for mobile gamers and its involvement with 5G. He stated that 5G will definitely impact cloud gaming, especially in mobile gaming. The high-speed internet connectivity and low latency of 5G will enable gamers to play seamless and perform better. He also added that the fact that cloud gaming eliminates the need for expensive equipment will allow casual to semi-professional gamers to play more diligently. He ended his comments by stating that in the end, it is all about an immersive experience, which is exactly what 5G will deliver when it comes to cloud gaming for mobile users.