Qualcomm and Tencent team up to create 5G gaming devices: Report

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on Jul 30 2019
Qualcomm and Tencent team up to create 5G gaming devices: Report

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The cooperation could see Tencent games ‘optimised’ for Android phones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets

The report also claims Tencent and Qualcomm are working on a 5G gaming phone

The partnership will include tweaking games for laptops powered by Qualcomm’s processors with 5G connectivity

Qualcomm and Tencent are teaming up to make the Chinese giant’s mobile games run better on Snapdragon-powered smartphones. There’s also talks of a 5G-powered, Tencent-backed gaming phone that will be powered by a Qualcomm 5G modem and the company’s flagship processor, according to a Reuters report.

The cooperation could see Tencent games ‘optimised’ for Android phones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets. Qualcomm has the Elite Gaming program under which certain chipsets are better optimised to handle gaming and offer a richer experience. Now that the hardware is ready, Tencent will provide the games that will work better with the chipsets. It’s not the first time Tencent will work with a smartphone OEM to optimise their games.

Tencent’s most popular game PUBG Mobile already comes with special optimisations in certain smartphones. The Vivo Z1 Pro, for instance, is the official smartphone for the PUBG Mobile Club Open championship and comes with special features like 3D vibrations, training room and the likes. The new ROG Phone II by Asus also offers special support for gamepads, mouse and keyboard for the mobile game. The gaming phone is powered by the new Snapdragon 855 Plus allowing the game to take advantage of the overclocked CPU.

The report also claims Tencent and Qualcomm are working on a 5G gaming phone that could help with Tencent’s plans to launch a game streaming service. 5G gaming devices could also make way for allowing resource-intensive PC games to be played on phones via Google’s and Microsoft’s game streaming services.

“Mobile gaming, an important 5G use case, will soon take advantage of the next generation of connectivity. Faster speeds, more bandwidth, and cutting edge ultra-low latency will support real-time, multi-player and immersive gaming experience,” Frank Meng, Qualcomm China Chairman told Reuters in a statement.

Tencent is yet to reveal details about its cloud-based game streaming service, but it’s likely to be called Instant Play and could be pitched to game developers to power streaming games.

The report also states that the partnership will include tweaking games for laptops powered by Qualcomm’s processors with 5G connectivity instead of Wi-Fi chips.

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