First 5G-powered esports hub in PH launched by Smart

Now you can play DoTA 2 on your mobile phone.

Thanks to PLDT and Smart.

Esports competitors faced off in the Philippines’s first mobile phone vs PC crossplay exhibition match powered by 5G.

Hosted by PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the match was held at Gariath Concepts in Quezon City, the first Smart 5G-powered esports venue in the country.

PLDT-Smart Omega players, armed with Smart 5G-certified handsets, went toe-to-toe with players from team Luponwxc using their gaming PCs and played a DoTA 2 match via cloud gaming.

Cloud gaming allows players to run games on cloud servers instead of local devices, making it possible for users to play any game on any device with a screen–without the need for a gaming console or desktop computer–as long as they have an internet connection. Crucial to this experience is ultra-low latency provided by 5G connectivity.

“5G is more than just about high speeds—it’s about extremely low latency as well. Together, 5G’s features offer users new and innovative use cases such as cloud gaming and ultra-high-definition video streaming,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT-Smart senior vice president for Network Planning and Engineering. “With our continuous investment in laying down an extensive fiber network and 5G-ready mobile network, we are in the best position to offer 5G services to our customers.”

5G, or fifth-generation wireless broadband technology, has the capability to deliver extremely high speeds coupled with lower latency similar to a fiber internet connection —two factors important in delivering an enhanced online gaming experience.

Lower latency delivered by Smart’s current 5G network is ideal for real-time AR/VR and game applications. In the future, with the deployment of 5G standalone (5G SA), this performance will further be enhanced with ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC), another key feature of 5G.

5G SA has been described as ‘pure 5G’ as it relies solely on 5G for data transmission and allows the full benefit of 5G capabilities to be tested and demonstrated. In contrast, 5G NSA (non-standalone) combines the use of 5G and existing 4G/LTE resources to transmit data.

Apart from gaming, 5G also opens up possibilities for applications in other sectors such as retail, transport, manufacturing, logistics, and warehousing, for example.

The event at Gariath Concepts was held with permits from the National Live Events Coalition (NLEC) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), in accordance with existing city government and COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) guidelines.

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