The upcoming PS4 release shows we have come a long way from the days when you had to blow on a cartridge to make a game work. Gaming now uses staggering amounts of computing power that make an average desktop PC from the mid-90s look like an abacus by comparison. The next generation of games promises better graphics rendered in intricate detail and a more immersive, life-like landscapes than ever before. Previously this has meant all this data has had to be loaded onto a disc, but the biggest difference heralded by devices such as the PS4 is that videogames sold in physical format are going the way of CDs, DVDs and the Dodo. Future videogame releases will now be download-only and this means a monumental amount of data will need to be downloaded from the internet. Furthermore, gamers are now able to play parts of games while the game is downloading, streaming straight from the internet at the same time. For those gamers with difficulty getting wireless signal in certain parts of the house, PowerLine technology can make sure they the same gaming experience throughout the home. However, a reliable and high-speed internet connection will remain key to ensuring a great gaming experience without users having to wait years for the dreaded buffer “circle of death” to disappear.
The future of gaming is also looking to leverage the power of the cloud to bring gaming to all your devices in the home or wherever you go with an internet connection. You will be able to seamlessly stream any game that you purchase and download to your console to any internet connected device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop. This is set to be a game changer (pardon the pun) in the market, but will all be useless if you patchy and unreliable wireless access that barely extends into the next room. So a strong wireless connection that targets your devices when you need it most is vital. Next-generation gaming is seriously breaking new ground and making greater demands on technology, but the right home wireless network you can make sure you reach the next level.