In the advent of next generation consoles and further advancements in the video game industry, another innovation arrives in the Philippines in the form of console-less gaming. And what better way to do this than with lightning-fast internet speed, more specifically 5G. We have partnered with Globe to make this feat possible, having successfully tested cloud gaming through its hotly-anticipated 5G network in August this year. Through cloud technology and Globe 5G, the gateway to gaming is now even wider, allowing for even more ways to play.
We are excited to share with you this successful feat as the country begins the shift to 5G. Let us take you through the technologies that made it possible, and how it can usher in a new era of entertainment powered by cloud computing.
What is 5G, and what is its role for gaming?
5G, as the acronym stands, is the fifth generation of mobile connectivity. Launched in 2019, it is set to be the successor of 4G, the current global standard. One of the most tangible benefits of this new wireless standard is vastly increased speed. Early signs point to having near-gigabit speeds (1 Gbps or 1000 mbps) for your internet needs. But there are even more relevant applications for 5G, ranging from smart devices powered by the Internet of Things (IoT), and as with our partnership with Globe, console-less gaming.
As internet connectivity improves, so do the possibilities with what we can do with new and emerging technologies. In the 2000s, we began streaming video on websites like YouTube, and began enjoying content in increasingly high definition, with 4K streaming already a norm in the past few years. The concept of streaming video games to any device isn’t technically new, but 5G helps close the tech gap by offering lower latency (less lag) and a smooth experience, marking a milestone for gaming anywhere, for everyone.
In partnership with Globe, Apper tested the possibility of enabling gamers to run graphics-heavy games on their mobile phones, eliminating the need for the traditional game consoles. One of the test games chosen was BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.’s TEKKEN 7 tournament. Thanks to ultra fast 5G, gamers can soon play with friends even if they don’t own a console! Low latency also played a key part in creating a smooth experience, as competitive games require the fastest, most responsive setups in order to run without lag or latency. For most gamers, every second counts, thus minimal lag between a player’s input and the response reflected on-screen is a crucial component for the eSports community.
Cloud computing and 5G
It’s all well and good if we just consider how 5G will make everything faster and smoother. But with cloud technology already enabling digital transformation for organizations worldwide, the implications of 5G for cloud computing are massive. If cloud computing is the vehicle that transports them to the digital future, 5G is the road that makes it much, much faster.
The cloud already provides businesses with technology to accelerate their business services. With 5G, it only makes things even faster. If you’re using cloud storage across your organization for example, 5G at its fullest potential means near-instantaneous access to the files you need, with download and upload speeds that dwarfs your average office or home internet connection. Businesses using machine learning, AI, or even IoT to conduct their businesses also benefit from the speed increase, potentially allowing for smoother and more efficient operations.
It is an exciting time to be at the forefront of yet another evolution in the way we conduct business, now accelerated by the power of 5G. At Apper, we ensure that your cloud strategy matches with the upcoming implementation of 5G in the country, allowing you to even maximize your investments and gains further. Our successful test with Globe is just the beginning, and we are excited to bring even more businesses into the digital future and spread innovation for all.