Niantic launches 5G AR alliance to boost mobile gaming experience

Anne Freer | September 3, 2020

App Business

Pokémon Go maker Niantic has launched a global Augmented Reality (AR) alliance to provide 5G-ready AR content for mobile carriers.

Dubbed Planet-Scale AR Alliance, the group plans to provide new and improved experiences for AR hardware providers.

The alliance already includes distinguished members including Verizon, EE, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, SKT, SoftBank, Globe and TELUS.

According to Niantic, 5G provides 20x higher bandwidth than 4G and 10x faster low-latency. By combining 5G with AR, the group aims to boost AR content and the AR experience even further.

For mobile app gamers this could result in significantly better gaming experiences.

“There are many advantages to players with 5G-ready AR content including sub-millisecond low latency, and high bandwidth. For our Niantic explorers, this means that any number of players can collaborate or compete in the same virtual space in real-time on their respective devices,” the company wrote.

Mobile network operators, device manufacturers, and other mobile ecosystem are invited to join the Alliance.

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