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Designing with SPARK UWB for Enhanced Gaming, XR and Entertainment Experiences 

  • April 15, 2024

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In consumer device markets – particularly when it comes to apps like gaming, AR/VR (XR) and audio/multimedia – we hear a lot of talk about delivering improved “experiences.” Improved gaming experiences and music and entertainment experiences, for example. Is this just marketing hype?

Today’s electronic device vendors aren’t selling us products, they’re selling us on the idea that said products will appreciably enrich our lives. It’s not enough to offer better bit rates and bespoke specifications. These products need to upgrade our enjoyment in order to justify the expense.

Improving an “experience” sounds ambitious because it is! It requires careful attention to R&D and it requires carefully orchestrated interoperability across each and every device in our orbit so they may function – seamlessly – as one ecosystem. This approach takes a holistic, 360-degree view of the entertainment experience, and this is essential as the way we consume games, audio and multimedia entertainment transforms into the future. 

EVOLVING TO XR

The trend toward ecosystem-level optimization will be increasingly accentuated as XR wearable technologies take hold. Today we’re inching toward full-function AR glasses and body-worn sensor connectivity with instantaneous responsiveness across devices, and it’s easy to imagine that this is where the future is headed. 

Apple celebrated a major milestone recently with the introduction of its Vision Pro headset, and new milestones for Apple and others will surely follow. The market for XR is potentially massive and ripe for innovation. But it will be a journey.

For the time being, we’ll continue to enjoy games and multimedia mostly via traditional formats. And even here we can see how an holistic, ecosystem-centric view of the world can pay dividends.

END-TO-END QUALITY

Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) is a prime example of how to be successful at ecosystem scale.  A growing presence in gaming and esports, XPG is garnering design awards and accolades and turning heads at events like CES 2024, where SPARK was proud to co-exhibit our products

Among SPARK’s customers, XPG was among the first to anticipate the value of UWB connectivity across an ecosystem of products. It recognized not only the performance advantages that SPARK UWB delivers at the device level but also the advantages achievable across all devices.

A new promotional video (below) from XPG illustrates this concept, highlighting the many connectivity and performance advantages that XPG’s new Mojo Wireless Ecosystem achieves, powered by SPARK UWB.

At the individual device level, the video shows how XPG MOJO Wireless gaming mice leveraging SPARK UWB can perform at polling rates up to 8,000 Hz, with discernibly smoother cursor tracking. Separately, the MOJO Wireless headset enables responsive head motion tracking to control gameplay camera/perspective positioning in real time, along with pristine audio quality. 

At the ecosystem level, all of these devices – mouse, headset and keyboard – are wirelessly connected via a single dongle, with precise communication and ranging shared between them, and positional tracking for easy set-up and configuration. 

With XPG’s MOJO Wireless Ecosystem, SPARK UWB short-range connectivity envelops the gamer and their devices in a wireless ‘bubble’ through which data can flow at high speed with extremely low latency and no signal degradation or compression. What’s more, device positioning is always in precise synchronization, and SPARK UWB connectivity ensures that MOJO Wireless Ecosystem devices are resilient from the narrowband interference that can plague Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi devices. 

XPG’s MOJO Wireless Ecosystem also features a common power profile across the devices – and it’s extremely low power! The MOJO system delivers almost 2X lower power consumption than its predecessor wireless system (XPG Alpha Wireless). At the ecosystem level, this helps to ensure that MOJO devices uniformly deliver long uptime between device charges for uninterrupted gameplay. The ecosystem enhances the overall experience.

END-TO-END PERFORMANCE

Instead of offering a patchwork of connectivity features among devices (in a narrowband frequency that’s highly congested), XPG’s MOJO Wireless Ecosystem delivers a unified, seamless, high-quality experience for gamers. 

In gaming and esports as with a host of other apps, we’re approaching the outer limits of what’s possible with legacy short-range connectivity – the rise of XR will fully expose these gaps. SPARK UWB shows the way forward, ensuring high performance that’s beyond the reach of Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi on the path to fully realized XR. This is the new quality benchmark that forward-looking companies can achieve when they embrace SPARK UWB connectivity across the portfolio – across the ecosystem – to deliver the improved experiences of tomorrow. 

For more information about SPARK UWB’s advantages for gaming and XR applications, read on!