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WiMAX Gaming Consoles! What about WiMAX P2P?

Written on August 27, 2008 by CincauHangus

The latest consoles now uses ad-hoc and infrastructure WiFi hotspots to connect with each other for multiplayer gaming. But that limits distance for the consoles to within the WiFi router’s range.

With the NDS you can even connect to your wireless router to join your friends at their homes for some Mario Kart action. But still, you’re limited to the range of your own wireless router.

I stumbled upon this new console, yet to hit the shelves, by Flyvo.

[Source] Imagine the possibilities. :D

If wireless gaming with WiMAX is possible, what about peer to peer sharing on WiMAX?

I wrote a research paper for my last semester regarding the future of ubiquitous computing and actually I find it really interesting to think back what I wrote for that assignment.

Imagine having a MP3 player the size of an eraser with WiMAX capabilities built into it. Of course it would have all the usual features that a normal MP3 player would have like to store 4GB of songs, radio, etc.

But what if that MP3 player can connect to another similar MP3 player and share music between each other? That’s 8GB worth of songs! If there’s 10 people using that MP3 player, that’s 40GB worth of songs. We can even extend it to sharing videos as well.

Of course with the current piracy and copyright laws there should be limitations to such sharing. Maybe just streaming the songs from each other.

But that’s just MP3 players, portable video players and such.

In my research paper I wrote about car stereos having those capabilities may eventually replace radio FM altogether. With podcasting a hit now, radio companies may phase out the good ol FM and replace them with WiMAX transmitters instead. I also wrote about how cars stereos can interact with other cars by sharing each other’s songs, movies, etc.

I’m not too sure of the implementation wise of it, but it never hurts to imagine the future. One day it may even be a reality.

Filed in: WiMAX.

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