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5G and gaming: Spotlight on virtual reality

There is no doubt 5G has the potential to revolutionise the way we interact with the physical and virtual world. Yet, guesstimates of how much of a generational shift in technology it will become range from “super-fast internet at some point” to “minority report-like daily lives.” But for gaming technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), it’s clear that 5G rollout will be a catalyst in mainstream adoption. 

Starting with what is usually hyped, we can look at the speeds of 5G. We can probably expect somewhere around 300-1000 Mb/s in the beginning, but there have been tests showcasing speeds towards 25Gb/s in specific environments.  For example, in Mitsubishi Electric and NTT DOCOMO’s 5G Outdoor Trials. In these conditions, it would be about 250 times faster than the average speed of 4G. If we equate this to Usain Bolt’s top sprinting speed (about 44km/h), it means 5G would make a person run at 11,180 km/h, or as fast as the fastest unmanned plane in the world, the Hypersonic aircraft X-43A. 


Xbox cloud gaming service coming to the UK in October

Xbox has confirmed its video game streaming service, Project xCloud, will come to the UK in October.

As part of a public preview to test the service, which will enable users to play console-standard games on any mobile device, a trial will run in the UK, US and South Korea next month, the gaming giant has said.


Virtual Reality: From queasy concept to versatile mind-goggler
Get ready to strap on those VR goggles, the promised promise of VR is finally here, writes Jorge Gaspar Do you remember the promise of virtual reality? Oculus Rift made headlines years ago by releasing a VR headset that was priced at $600 (£477) after the company raised more than $2.5 million (£2.5m) in funds... Read More

The infrastructure behind Stadia and the next evolution of cloud gaming

The concept of a “Netflix or Spotify for gaming” isn’t anything new. But unlike films, TV shows, or music, which are relatively passive experiences – i.e. choose the song, playlist, programme, or film, then sit back and relax – games are far more dynamic.


Google Stadia: launch titles for cloud gaming platform announced

Early gamers will be able to start playing from November Google’s cloud gaming platform Stadia will be available from November with well-known titles such as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint at launch, the tech giant has announced. The company’s major step into video gaming will be offered as part of a bundle to early subscribers… Read More



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