Tech Thursday- Latency
5G is a giant leap forward in solving issues with latency. Latency is a lag or delay between when data is sent and when it is received. It also wins the award for Only Tech Word That Gives You Any Idea What It Actually Means. Gamers often complain about latency because in a fast-paced game any delay between when you take an action and when that action actually happens can be the difference between winning and losing. You know when you’re trying to ward off armies of Dranei in the Burning Legion and you’re pressing all the right buttons, yet Archimonde is just standing there like he’s waiting for the bus when he should be fighting back? We’ve all been there, am I right?
Latency is an even bigger issue in virtual reality games when players encounter nausea-inducing delays while turning their heads. This is especially dangerous because if your roommate sees you spin around, collapse and heave onto the rug, he or she will probably still think it’s part of the game and do absolutely nothing. Lastly, latency is massively important in critical control in certain situations such as autonomous vehicles. For those of you readers outside of Los Angeles, there are other parts of the world in which cars are actually able to travel faster than three miles per hour, so the instantaneous response time of autonomous cars really does affect safety.