With about 365 million mobile gamers, India is one of the world’s largest mobile gaming markets, and its numbers are likely to grow.
Gaming has become a popular form of entertainment and social interaction around the world. It’s also a rapidly expanding business with lots of room for innovation, new high-tech jobs, and competitive esports. In India, during the turn of the millennium, there was a considerable increase in PC and console gaming, which has since been surpassed by the popularity of mobile games. With about 365 million mobile gamers, India is one of the world’s largest mobile gaming markets, and its numbers are likely to grow.High-end games make use of the hardware capabilities of a smartphone, including the GPU, camera, location technologies, augmented reality (AR), audio, gyros, accelerometers, compasses, messaging, connectivity, communication, and now artificial intelligence (AI). These skills are being used by the entertainment and gaming sectors to create new, distinctive, immersive experiences that please consumers.
Storytelling that is interactive
Interactive storytelling is one such experience. In the not-too-distant future, 5G-based gaming might take interactive storytelling to a whole new level, blurring the lines between fiction and reality and turning the audience into active participants rather than passive observers. Film franchises have mostly propelled interactive storytelling since its debut. Video games, on the other hand, have outgrown movies in terms of global popularity. And, with mobile games accounting for a sizable and rapidly expanding portion of the overall gaming market, mobile game developers may well be at the forefront of developing interactive storytelling experiences in the future. When such experiences are integrated with 5G and AI and presented through the medium of gaming, with active participation from customers, they can become even more appealing. Furthermore, users can modify these experiences via AR and VR, depending on their tastes.
The introduction of new, powerful mobile platforms and super-fast 5G networks in recent years has given mobile game creators new opportunity to build such transmedia experiences. By transferring storytelling to a game environment, the merger of television, cinema, and interactivity can genuinely reinvent storytelling. In Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, we’ve previously seen an example of this. Viewers might stream the film to their laptops or smart TVs and make selections for the main character based on preprogrammed options, similar to interactive games. Each option dynamically altered the story and resulted in a different conclusion. Its success demonstrates how gaming elements may be used to improve storytelling. And this is only the start!
Gaming is all around us.
Multi-dimensional pervasive games are frequently played in public locations such as retail malls, conference centers, and museums. They build highly immersive gameplays that blur the line between the game world and the real world using mobile devices, wireless networks, positioning systems, and context-sensing technology.
The experience is lifelike and virtually pulls the user into the game’s environment — whether it’s escaping zombies, fighting the apocalypse, or anything else. Inter-device transactions with wearables or sensors that capture information about the player’s current context, 360-degree surround views, and multi-directional audio, and create gaming experiences that adapt to where the player is, what they’re doing, and how they’re feeling could be commonplace in the future. Every time a player logs in to such an universe of role-playing games, the game generates a new world with new material.
eSports on the go
The popularity of mobile multiplayer gaming is skyrocketing around the world, and 5G will only accelerate this trend. Developers can create richer, more complicated gaming experiences with mmWave 5G’s ultra-low latency and ultra-high bandwidth, which can handle lifelike visuals, ultra-high-resolution streaming video and music, and massive numbers of gamers at the same time. Small, heavily packed venues, such as eSports stadiums and internet gaming cafes, can benefit from mmWave 5G.
Meanwhile, eSports are fast expanding in terms of player numbers, income, viewership, and prize pools. Mobile eSports is developing at a faster rate in Asia Pacific than in other areas, and while it is still a small part of the entire eSports pie, it is certainly the fastest-growing component.
In terms of visuals, animations, and visual effects, 5G will enhance the mobile eSports gaming experience. It will accelerate the expansion of mobile eSports not only in mature areas, but also in developing ones where mobile is the primary mode of communication. The launch of new, innovative services for all stakeholders in the mobile eSports business will be facilitated by the quicker, more reliable connections enabled by 5G.
With the deployment of servers to the Cloud-Edge, it will also enable Cloud gaming. 5G’s decreased latency will improve Cloud gaming by reducing response times, resulting in a more real-time and responsive experience.
Gaming with Artificial Intelligence
Non-playable characters can learn and personalize themselves thanks to AI in games. Games with artificial intelligence can adapt to the interests of individual players and generate intelligent characters with whom they can engage. Furthermore, as a player improves, the game can be updated in real-time, at a difficulty level that is acceptable for them, and with content that is suited to their preferences and behavior. AI will undoubtedly grow more significant in games, both in terms of player-versus-environment and player-versus-player scenarios. Players won’t be able to distinguish whether they’re playing against another person or an intelligent machine if the AI is powerful enough. There will be a lot more of this type of interaction between people and AI in the future of gaming. The player’s actions and reactions will also appear more realistic and natural thanks to AI.
Additionally, emerging advances will allow developers to push graphical boundaries by allowing gamers to render at a lesser resolution and then up-scale it to 4K or even 8K resolutions with the help of AI for a highly detailed graphical experience. This will allow players to fully immerse themselves in the game environment while maintaining smooth and stutter-free frame rates.
For a long time, storytelling and games were based on constructions that were inflexible and predictable in some ways, resulting in a consistent experience for all users. Such events grow monotonous after a while. As 5G and AI become more incorporated into game production, this will change significantly. We will soon be able to not just enjoy our favorite stories and games in immersive ways, but also to “live” those experiences in the manner that we desire. For both youngsters and adults, the world of entertainment will never be the same. Sachin Kalantri, Senior Director, Product Marketing at Qualcomm India, wrote this post.