Niantic’s new game Codename: Urban Legends demo highlights the future of 5G and AR gaming

Niantic’s new game Codename: Urban Legends demo highlights the future of 5G and AR gaming

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With the incipience of 5G, Niantic is highlighting its approach to next-gen AR social gaming. Players have already got a glimpse of its mooted augmented glasses, and now it has revealed a multiplayer demo to highlight the greater scale of its 5G games.

Borrowing ingredients from Niantic’s existing lineup, including Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Pokémon Go, the latest Codename: Urban Legends marks gamers teaming up to cast magic spells on small, big, cute, and fearsome monsters.

Niantic has already tapped many cell phone carriers to network test the game, such as Globe Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, and Verizon. Primary results reveal that 5G allows the game to manage up to 10 times as many simultaneous gamers and increases latency by up to 10 times.

Additionally, as per Niantic, the latest network will enhance gameplay by allowing longer phone battery life.

The game demo follows Niantic’s “Planet-Scale AR Alliance” launch, which is a partnership to test augmented reality on global networks with the help of carriers like EE, Deutsche Telekom, Globe Telecom, SK Telecom, Orange, Verizon, SoftBank, Telstra, and Telus. Together, both the companies are hoping augmented reality turns out to be 5G’s most important app.

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