PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) has unveiled the country’s first-ever 5G-powered gaming hub by deploying Smart 5G at the Gariath Concepts esports venue in Quezon City. Through peak 1Gbps speed, a cloud gaming exhibition match—the first ever mobile phone vs PC crossplay was held to mark the Smart 5G deployment.
“We kicked off this year with the country’s first 5G-powered Mobile Legends match last February. Now, we are upping the ante by powering Gariath Concepts to become the country’s first 5G-powered gaming hub. Gaming is at the forefront of technology and we believe that 5G will pave the way for innovative platforms and exciting products that will dramatically enhance the experience of gamers,” said Jane Basas, senior vice president and head of consumer wireless business at Smart.
PLDT-Smart Omega, armed with their 5G-certified mobile phones took on players from Team LuponWxC using their gaming PC in a game of Dota 2 via cloud gaming. PLDT-Smart Omega took a convincing win with a kill score of 34-6 despite playing on their phones.
Cloud gaming allows players to run games on cloud servers instead of local devices making it possible to run games on any device with a screen without the need for the heavy specs, instead just requiring a reliable and fast internet connection.
“Our goal is to unlock the many benefits of 5G and make these available to Filipinos. The 5G future is closer than we think as we continue to deploy our 5G network, and make available Smart 5G-certified handsets very soon,” added Basas.