Developments that have helped advance innovation for the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Facial Recognition continue to require faster processing, especially on our mobile devices. Almost as a bonus advantage, the improvements of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) that help to make these innovations possible have also enabled a shift in mobile gaming to allow a more console-like experience. The emergence of High Fidelity Mobile Gaming (HFMG) is causing a shift away from console popularity toward the mobile gaming market.
Your Phone’s GPU
One job performed by your phone’s GPU chips or electronic circuits is to render graphics. Newer and more advanced GPUs can allow participation in advanced graphics and multi-player games that are considered HFMGs. Previously — until about 1999 — processors could only perform operations sequentially, one at a time. These original processors are still faster than those on a GPU and still handle the larger basic operations, but when a GPU is added to a core processor, we have a processor with thousands of cores capable of performing millions of mathematical operations in parallel, technology writer Janakiram MSV tells Forbes. A phone with a fast GPU like Apple’s iPhone X will allow you to join this trend of HFMG and spare your battery from wearing down quickly.
What Defines HFMG
With this new ability to render graphics at high speed and prevent battery drain, the shift to mobile games with higher quality 3D images and multi-player functionality could expand. HFMG defined by Newzoo.com is a graphically intensive console-like experience on mobile with sustained high levels of GPU demand. For example, first-person shooters, racing games, multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBAs), and all types of massively multiplayer online (MMO) games.
HFMG Industry Trends
Growth in this HFMG industry is gaining ground quickly indicated by a large swing from traditional platform use like PC and console gaming to mobile gaming use from 2016 to 2017. One company that reported on statistics in this industry trend is ARM. Together with Newzoo, they compiled the Growth of High Fidelity Mobile Gaming report. In this report the percentages of use in the global game’s market between boxed/downloaded PC, browser PC, console, tablet, and smartphones were compared and the data revealed that smartphones held 29 percent of HFMG usage in 2016, 34 percent in 2017 and the report predicts a continuation of this increase each year to reach over 40 percent by 2020.
Collaboration and Concentration
In addition to GPU advancement for other technological uses, processor and smartphone developers have seen the gaming trends moving away from PC and console and toward mobile. Billions of people own smartphones and the potential financial impact has not gone unnoticed. GPU developers have begun to work directly with game developers to maximize visual quality and battery usage. Smartphone corporations have begun to create their own GPUs in recognition of the big picture including GPUs involvement in IoT, AI and other possibilities along with the HFMG movement.
If you are in the market for a new smartphone you may want to pay specific attention to the GPU as well as the core processor. Even if gaming isn’t your thing, consider the applications for which GPUs were originally improved, like facial recognition, AI, and IoT. Now is a good time to keep your options open and to make sure all your mobile needs are met.