A PlayStation patent teases the upcoming 5G connectivity for mobile devices and the PS5, which could speed up cloud gaming and improve visual quality.
More and more companies are looking to get into cloud gaming as the internet grows and improves in the world. For example, Playstation has a patent that suggests it will leverage 5G in its cloud gaming projects.
The recently filed PlayStation patent suggests that the company will use 5G in some implementations of its future cloud gaming content. This 5G connection can replace wireless connectivity to data centers through the cloud, which could help improve connectivity for PlayStation gamers in 5G connected regions.
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Currently, cloud gaming systems connect a player’s console to a streaming data center over the Internet. It depends on a few factors, mainly the quality of the internet in a given region and the different types of modems and routers that gamers can access the internet with. According to this patent, gamers connect to 5G with a cellular network. This suggests that the PlayStation Network could be connected via the 5G implementation on the PS5 using PS5 Mobile Play. This cellular connectivity will reduce packet loss, reduce ping, reduce buffering and improve picture quality for gamers when this PlayStation patent is adopted and it can take advantage of cellular connectivity through cloud gaming.
The increasing availability of 5G will increase the number of gamers having access to resources through the cellular network, which will be useful for companies like PlayStation looking to expand into cloud gaming. Cellular towers capable of 5G are typically connected to the Internet through fiber optic lines, which are found to be faster and more reliable than traditional lines. The PlayStation patent suggests plans to take advantage of this fiber optic speed to reduce packet loss in cloud gaming applications if a gamer is connected to a 5G mobile provider. These cell towers also dramatically reduce ping through edge computing rather than using wireless networks to connect to data centers.
The PlayStation patent suggests that gamers will not only play in the cloud via 5G on mobile devices, but also on the PS5. While not all regions are connected to 5G as new cellular technology rolls out around the world, areas connected to 5G may see cloud gaming improvements like those patented by PlayStation. This is the next step in making playing games through the cloud as seamless as playing a game directly from disc. The patent doesn’t suggest a deployment date for the implementation of 5G on PlayStation, but it’s likely a hint of what’s to come.
Given the fact that Playstation It was only recently that patent was filed for 5G applications via cloud gaming, it will likely be some time before the service is rolled out in 5G regions. And that’s if it ever happens, because patents don’t always manifest.
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