By the end of 2022, the global gaming market will have generated approximately $196.8 billion dollars thanks to the 3.2 billion active gamers worldwide. From the PS5 and Xbox Series X, to the Nintendo Switch, PC, and VR-based gaming experiences like Oculus, the gaming industry continues to innovate around how people connect and play, and has something to offer nearly every type of entertainment enthusiast.
Gaming Trends Deliver New Ways to Connect, But Challenge the Home Network
When it comes to gaming trends, long gone are the days of bulky cartridges, CDs, and hours-long downloads. Accessing the gaming world is simple and instantaneous. And while modern gamers may not be sitting side-by-side on the couch holding wired controllers, the collective gaming experience is more alive than ever, as gamers can now connect and compete with players all over the world. In fact, more than half of all gamers (console and PC alike) pay for at least one online subscription service, allowing them to push the limits of the gaming experience. And this year’s fast-paced action games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Madden 2023 do not fare well with a spotty connection. Upcoming fantasy role-playing games like Forspoken (releasing January 2023) and Starfield (set to release in early 2023) boast unbelievable imagery that will seem all but lackluster without a smooth connection.
Online gaming services continue to grow but connected play doesn’t have to come with a subscription. A host of websites and applications bring gaming to your fingertips in just a few clicks. But when you’re kicking back at home, it’s likely during downtime when other household members are doing the same. While one person is working late, another might be streaming a movie, listening to music on Spotify, or shopping on Amazon. All these online services and applications require a Wi-Fi connected device, which creates a bottleneck as each device demands its share of the connection. Especially for modern gaming, meant to deliver a truly immersive experience, the lag and latency of a congested connection can be detrimental to the entire experience—and can be the difference between magic and frustration for many.
Enter the ARRIS SURFboard Thruster Gaming Acceleration Kit: Fast, Dedicated Wi-Fi for Gaming
Consumers can improve the quality, performance, and reliability of their Wi-Fi connection by upgrading to Wi-Fi 6E technology via the ARRIS SURFboard Thruster Gaming Acceleration Kit. Launched in July 2022, the SURFboard Thruster is the first-of-its-kind Wi-Fi 6E upgrade kit on the market — a unique solution that is specifically geared towards enhancing the gaming experience. Here’s how it works:
Utilizing a simple, pre-paired plug-and-play adapter, the main Gaming Acceleration unit connects directly to the consumer’s existing Wi-Fi router via the 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port and is compatible with any Wi-Fi router or gateway and all internet service plans. A secondary Wi-Fi-enabled satellite unit connects to any existing gaming console, which means you aren’t limited to where you place it to play. The SURFboard Thruster Gaming Acceleration Kit allows consumers to upgrade their existing wireless internet to a dedicated, cutting-edge 6GHz Wi-Fi 6E connection (with speeds up to 4.8 Gbps) for gaming without having to upgrade the entire existing home network. By eliminating Wi-Fi congestion, gamers can enjoy a smooth, reliable connection to support better virtual experiences—without the hassle of running wires or the cost of upgrading the entire home network. A few simple steps and users can be gaming in mere minutes with a lightning-fast connection.
The home network has become a hub for work, education, and play with Wi-Fi extending its reach to all the devices and services we need to complete important tasks, learn new things, connect with others, and enjoy what we love without leaving home. With a dedicated connection designed specifically for gaming, players can elevate their experience, avoid lags and disconnects, and get the most out of their home Wi-Fi. The ARRIS SURFboard Thruster Gaming Acceleration Kit is innovation at its finest and ensures gamers properly enjoy whatever may be the next best video game to come in 2023.
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