MWC Shanghai: Qualcomm opens the path for 5G-powered cloud gaming

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AT MWC Shanghai 2019, Qualcomm announced a joint demonstration with ZTE of 5G-powered cloud gaming on a live 5G network.

The demonstration utilizes the cloud gaming solutions from Tencent Instant Play on 5G smartphones from OnePlus, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE.

With this, the companies aim to show that console-quality mobile gaming experiences are achievable over live 5G networks and show the growth opportunity for the cloud-gaming ecosystem.

The demos will use China Telecom’s live 5G network, ZTE’s 5G NR commercial system infrastructure, and 5G commercial smartphones featuring the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon  855 Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem with integrated RF transceiver and Qualcomm Technologies’ RF Front-End (RFFE) solutions, the company said.

Cloud gaming solutions provided by Tencent Instant Play leverages the cloud’s capabilities for rendering and processing, while utilizing high-speed 5G network to send users’ commands to the cloud which streams back the rendered frames to local devices.

The cloud gaming feature allows users instant access to graphically demanding games via 5G smartphones without the need to download and install on the devices, delivering a smooth “games on demand” experience.

“We believe that cloud gaming is one of the key trends in the future of the entertainment industry. The arrival of 5G is expected to set off a new revolution in cloud gaming,” said Jian Wang, head of operations, Tencent Instant Play.

5G can enable high-quality gaming experience by delivering higher speed, improved image quality and more fluent interactive experience. With cloud, the overall cost per head is reduced.

“China’s 5G era has officially begun, and it was accelerated from the original timeline thanks to the work of the whole mobile ecosystem,” said Pomp Sheng, vice president, sales, Qualcomm Communication Technologies (Shenzhen).

“With the readiness of 5G commercial networks, China is poised to have a fast large-scale 5G rollout, and within this year Chinese consumers will have access to numerous use cases and enhanced experiences, such as cloud gaming, powered by 5G and the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform.”