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Verizon and Lucent showcase global 4G LTE mobile gaming

Monday, March 21st, 2011

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.


NVIDIA powers mobile media and gaming via Verizon 4G LTE

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

GPU developer and manufacturer NVIDIA, together with Verizon Wireless, has recently announced that they’ll be demoing NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile superchip equipped devices at this years Consumer Electronics Show. The new processor significantly ups the ante in the mobile entertainment field, particularly in combination with Verizon’s newly deployed 4G LTE network.

The demos are meant to illustrate that through this combination of technologies, consumers have the power of home-quality media and gaming content in the palm of their hands, all while on the go. Also on tap, NVIDA is showcasing the Tegra 2’s multiplayer gaming abilities, particularly across various platforms from tablets to desktop PC’s.

“Last year, we showed the first 1080p video stream over LTE with NVIDIA,” said Brian Higgins, executive director of LTE ecosystem development at Verizon Wireless. “That was just the start. Tegra is bringing never-before-seen experiences to mobile devices, and we’re confident developers and ultimately consumers will see the benefits of our 4G LTE network.”

In addition to the gaming and video functionality, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 powered tablets will be on hand to demonstrate a wide variety of multimedia content readily available including books and magazines, as well as untold amounts of content available via downloadable applications via the devices’ 3D user interface.

“Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network provides the bandwidth to drive a rich trove of content to your mobile device,” said Michael Rayfield, general manager of the mobile business at NVIDIA. “Teaming this network with Tegra delivers the freedom to watch and play what you want, when you want.”

Although this is an NVIDIA and Verizon featured announcement specifically targeted at the CES market, it’s important to remember that the rumors of Verizon’s impending Apple iPhone availability has been receiving significant credit over the past few months. Verizon’s been nabbing up iPhone and Verizon related URL’s, and as featured in this announcement, Verizon launched it’s 4G LTE mobile broadband network in December. The 4G LTE network provides speeds up to 10x faster than the 3G network, and reaches approximately 1/3 of all Americans. So although NVIDIA will be delivering top quality entertainment and gaming to Tegra 2 devices, is this nothing more than a testing ground for when Verizon gets their hands on the coveted iPhone reseller license?