We began with the first generation of data transfer, then quickly moved onto 3G and 4G telecommunications systems, which enabled faster data transfer speeds and now, at the end of 2020, we are about to witness the global rollout of 5G.
What Exactly is 5G?
The 5th generation involves using microwaves to transfer data, which requires thousands of low-orbit, 5G satellites that beam down the 5G waves to many land transponders that we see in all of our cities. The upside is 10x data transfers speeds when compared to 4G, which means downloading a full feature movie in a matter of seconds, and it is this very fast data reception that provides the perfect gaming platform with zero latency. We all know how important it is not to have delay when playing online games in real-time and with 5G, latency will become a thing of the past.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
The 5G-powered IoT will be the platform for all gaming applications and this will empower game creators and code writers in so many ways. The frequency would be from 28 GHz to 40 GHz, which is much higher than 4G, while it could operate at 60 GHz, giving even faster data transfer speeds.
The Virtual Gaming Experience
With a 5G global platform, virtual reality games will rule and when wearing the headset, you will be immersed in dungeons or forests, as your enemy closes in for an attack. The 4k (or higher) resolution and complex code writing creates a virtual world that is as close to reality as possible. While we already have VR headsets, the arrival of the Internet of Things will elevate VR to another level, with suitably fast software that can process hi-speed data transfers.
Next Generation Gaming Stations
If you have such fast speeds, you ideally want a state-of-the-art gaming platform, with machines that are installed by companies like Rhenus High Tech, one of the UK’s leading white glove logistics providers who are qualified to handle and install complex technical gaming equipment. You might not be able to afford cutting-edge technology but you can play at one of the gaming centres that do have the latest tech consoles and gaming environments. We predict the emergence of special ‘gaming rooms’ that are fitted out with 360-degree curved screens that put you into a 3D world while playing the game. These rooms will be installed and managed by white glove logistics companies who have teams of specialists who are manufacturer-approved to install such hi-tech equipment.
More Powerful Computers
Of course, to handle the fast speeds of 5G, the latest gaming computer would be very powerful, with a minimum of 32Ggb RAM and quad-core CPUs and VGA cards that can deliver the data onto your screen in record time. Everything will be wireless, using Bluetooth technology to communicate and VR headsets will probably be replaced by VR environments, or special rooms. There is no doubt going to be some major innovations in computing that we have yet to see, with molecular computers that allows a bit of information to be either a one or zero, rather than the current computing system where a bit is either a one or zero. The development of gaming is tied to both hardware and software development and we can expect to see faster and more powerful platforms that are designed for premier games. Click here for a list of the most popular mobile gaming platforms in 2021.
If racing an F1 car around Silverstone is your thing, get ready for the ultimate driving experience with gaming simulators that allow you to feel the bumps and inertia that you would experience in real life when driving a 1,500 BHP racing car. Once seated in the cockpit, you will be able to see the other cars on the start grid, while AI will monitor the game as it develops, with aspects like tyre wear and engine malfunctions also coming into play. Imagine winning a 70-lap Grand Prix with 25 other cars, all racing for that supreme place to come over the finish line first and take that chequered flag.
First Person Shooters
We all love favourites like Call of Duty; first person shooting games and the next generation will involve playing in a special gaming environment, which would be quite large and be surrounded with huge monitors. Each player would have their own unique perspective and when you are hit, the system recognises this and removes you from the combat arena. Online gaming wars could last months, or even years, as both sides battle for supremacy in the air, on the ground and on the seas, and with AI controlled software, you can create the many variables that you would have in a real-life conflict. Infantry soldiers could be hospitalised and supplies can be air-dropped to any location on the gaming grid.
If you want to learn more about cutting-edge gaming tech, the Internet is full of free resources that look at what is currently available and what is coming soon. The global rollout of 5G is on its way and until then, many of the new innovations are waiting to be released, while the latest news is that sometime on 2021, we can expect to see 5G networks coming online. If you look at the sky at night, you might be lucky enough to see a string of 5G low-orbit satellites, as they are string out in a line, with Elon Musk being tasked with the job of launching these satellites, using his company, SpaceX.
If you live in a city, the chances are there are 5G masts on the tops of buildings, and as microwaves travel only short distances and we need to have 5G transponders every 25-30 metres to ensure a strong signal.
The future of gaming is very exciting and over the next 5 years, we will see virtual reality becoming normal, with faster and higher resolution games that develop into amazing simulations.