Already underway in Barcelona, Spain, this years’ Mobile World Congress has a number of impressive technologies on display. Visitors to the Verizon Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent can get their hands and eyes on the next generation of mobile gaming, specifically the borderless capabilities of 4G LTE gaming. Verizon and Lucent have set up a demo that features multi-player gaming between the display booth in Barcelona, and a 4G LTE-enabled moving vehicle in the U.S.
All visitors to the demo can get their hands on mutli-player games, including Trendy’s “Dungeon Defenders,” and Gameloft’s “Asphalt 6,” and play in real time with an LTE-enabled vehicle, presumably doing the speed limit, on the New Jersey highways between New York and Philadelphia. In addition to the 4G gaming, Verizon and Lucent have set up a live video stream – but not as a separate application; the live video and audio is embedded into the application, further demonstrating the power of the 4G LTE.
“LTE is here, and we are delivering end-user experiences that are changing the way we live, play and work. Verizon Wireless is partnering with Alcatel-Lucent at MWC to showcase some of the types of applications that are uniquely enabled through the 4G LTE network,” said Brian Higgins, Executive Director, LTE Ecosystem Development at Verizon Wireless in a statement. “Multi-player gaming, voice chat, video calls and real-time video streaming are the sorts of applications we will see more and more of as our 4G LTE network continues to grow and expand.”
This demonstration at the Mobile World Congress is further evidence of the collaborative efforts between Verizon Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent. They’re actively working together to drive the LTE environment, and presumably place themselves at the top of this technology heap. Where they really want to shine is specifically in the gaming arena. The addition of the iPhone 4 to Verizon’s line-up can’t hurt either.
“Gaming is one of the best examples of a mobile application where missing a split second could impact performance. For the first time, mobile gamers can have a wireless broadband experience similar to what they have with a wired connection through the power of 4G LTE,” said Robert Vrij, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Americas Region. “Now, mobile gamers can experience fast, reliable high-speed broadband even if they are a passenger in a moving car.”
As we all know, the easier, and faster, it is for gamers to become interesting and involved in a title, the far more likely they are to stick with the title. While Verizon and Lucent’s initial technology demonstrations indicate they they’re clearly committed to speed, the offshoot of this speed is deeper gamer involvement and participation. And when it comes to downloadable content and/or microtransactions purchases, the faster the better.