Technology is always evolving. Pretty soon we’ll live in a world where latency is virtually unnoticeable. Yes, lag will always technically be there (due to the nature of data needing to travel) but innovations in technology will minimize the negative effects. We’re already seeing the start of new infrastructure for better internet. Wireless networks are already on their way to faster speeds and near instantaneous connections with 5G networks. As fiber optics improve, we’ll be able to get close to seeing data move at the speed of light.
Gaming In Real Time
Zero latency means data is transferring in real-time. Instead of trying to compensate for delays or predict where enemies might be when you shoot, you’d be able to rely on your instincts and react immediately. Skill would depend on your own instincts rather than the time it takes for data to travel. With data traveling faster than you can react, you’ll have to be very quick on your feet (or hands or fingers!) to combat your enemy’s quick reflexes as well.
Zero latency sounds great, of course. It’s much better to fail due to your own actions than your internet slowing down or disconnecting. With a future of faster internet you might just think, “Great! I won’t lag anymore!” But zero latency has far more impact than just not lagging. With no latency, we can potentially change the way gaming works
Video Games In The Cloud
Cloud-based technology isn’t a new thing. We’ve been using it for years for all sorts of data and technology and it’s slowly started to seep its way into entertainment. The cloud has become so handy in our everyday lives, storing everything we need so that we can access data and movies without a second thought. You might be wondering why no one has tried to put video games in the cloud. They have, actually, but it doesn’t work well with the limits on the technology we have available right now. The biggest barrier has so far been latency. Just like it takes time for your data to travel to your internet provider and on to your favorite game’s servers, it takes time to travel back and forth to the cloud. Cloud-based gaming is limited by current broadband speeds, but zero latency would make it a reality, opening up a whole new world of convenience and immersion.
Gaming Anywhere, Any Way
With cloud-based gaming and no lag, there’d be less of a need for personal computers, too. Home PCs currently run games and process all the graphics, but cloud-based gaming uses cloud hardware that then streams it out to gamers. Anywhere an internet connection and a streaming device is available, you could play your favorite games.
Without the need to run the game locally, cloud-based gaming also opens up cross-platform play. Cloud-based gaming removes all the walls between platforms. The cloud handles the game instead of the console, creating an even playing field for all. Everything is run from the cloud and streamed directly to the players, bringing more players together.
Better Graphics And Better Games
Cloud-based gaming keeps the heavy graphics work at the source and lets game developers focus on the game rather than compatibility on different systems. Developers can focus more resources on perfecting the game and create a better experience overall for the players. With the cloud handling all the graphics and intensive computing, developers can put the best graphics into the game, creating an immersive and impressive game for players to explore.
Virtual Reality As Our Reality
Cloud-based gaming also makes virtual reality a better option. One of the barriers to virtual reality is that it requires a lot of computing power. Virtual reality requires top of the line computer setups to create a truly immersive graphical experience. While hardcore gamers will jump on new technology, virtual reality really needs to go mainstream to be successful. Most consumers just don’t have the kind of graphical power to use it. Gaming companies can’t viably develop games for virtual reality when it only reaches a small percentage of gamers.
Cloud-based gaming with no latency changes all that. The consumer doesn’t need the fancy hardware any longer, since the cloud is hosting it. That means that everyone can access virtual reality easily and readily. Cloud-based gaming would handle the heavy graphics and stream it to any mobile or internet connected device. With more people using virtual reality, more games would be made, leading to virtual reality becoming an important part of entertainment.
The Future Of No Lag
We probably won’t get to science-fiction levels of virtual reality–where people can escape and live entire lives in a fabricated reality–but cloud-based gaming and no latency will bring us much closer.
Zero latency is still far in the future but we’re getting closer every day. With new advances in technology, there are already ways to reduce latency in your games significantly. Haste is one of these ways. Haste is always working on optimizing internet paths to make your gaming faster. See how close you can get to gaming in zero latency with Haste’s free trial today!