Cloud gaming refers to the ability to play a game without previously downloading and installing it on a device such as a smartphone or gaming console. Instead, it is gaming on a remote server via a fast internet connection. The visual output from the server is directly transported to the screen of a device. To achieve this, it is necessary to have a stable internet connection with low latency. This is something 5G could provide – leading to significant developments in the gaming industry.
The possibility of cloud gaming with a 5G internet connection also opens up the mobile market, as having storage space and a strong processor would no longer be needed. This means expensive consoles and computers would no longer be necessary to play high-quality games because they could be accessed on smartphones using a 5G connection. Cloud gaming also presents interesting possibilities when used in combination with technologies such as AR and VR. Similarly, a 5G connection could positively impact multiplayer games such as RPGs, e-sports and first-person shooters because users will be able to play them truly worldwide. While you might think that this is already possible, currently gamers tend to be limited to playing with people that are connected to the nearest server.