Vodafone and Hatch today announced the launch of the first 5G-optimised cloud gaming service in Germany. Introduced as part of Vodafone Germany’s 5G switch-on, avid and casual gamers alike will be able to stream games instantly from their Android 5G-enabled devices. The Hatch app is now available to download from the Google Play Store. Vodafone 5G customers will have 3-months of complimentary access to Hatch Premium, Hatch’s subscription level plan. After this period, the service will cost EUR 6.99 per month and can be cancelled at any time.
An incredible gaming experience on mobile
Hatch allows gamers to play instantly with no downloads, updates, ads or in-game purchases to interrupt gameplay. With unlimited access to more than 100 premium mobile games including Angry Birds, Monument Valley and Beach Buggy Racing, the award-winning Crashlands and the exclusive Hatch Original Arkanoid Rising, Hatch Premium subscribers can also connect with friends, follow live leaderboards and join live tournaments. Hatch Premium also unlocks Hatch Kids, a separate area within Hatch that is a safe space for kids to play, create and learn.
From borrowing, buying and downloading to streaming
Vodafone CEO, Hannes Ametsreiter said, “We bring gaming to the cloud – and making the playing of games on our network and devices easier than ever before. From borrowing, buying and downloading to streaming – with Vodafone this is all possible, anywhere and everywhere.
“With 5G, streaming graphic-intensive games becomes even more sophisticated. In the multiplayer sector, the low latency of 5G improves the gaming experience significantly.”
Juhani Honkala, Founder and CEO said, “We’re very excited to bring Hatch to Vodafone Germany customers. This represents another significant moment for Hatch as a company, after launches alongside Vodafone in the UK and other regions across Europe.
“To partner with a global operator like Vodafone, one that is leading from the front on 5G consumer availability, is a proud moment for Hatch. We really can’t wait for gamers in Germany to experience the world’s first cloud-based mobile games streaming service and take their gaming experience on mobile to a completely new level. We believe they will love everything Hatch has to offer.”
Exclusive 5G partnership between Vodafone and Hatch
When streaming games, latency is critical in ensuring the experience for gamers is slick and seamless. 5G networks are not only faster than previous generations of mobile networks, they also allow for much lower latency, which enables instant access to play, with no downloads or individual game downloads required. Hatch‘s streaming service is optimized for playing over 5G, but can also be enjoyed on 4G/LTE or WiFi.
The first 5G mobile phone network in Germany has been launched
In July 2019, Vodafone became the first operator to launch its 5G network in Germany. In 25 locations, 60 antennas are already transmitting the new 5G network, allowing customers with a flexible 5G plan and compatible smartphone to level up their day-to-day usage. This month, Vodafone will double the number of 5G locations across Germany. In 2020, Vodafone aims to reach 10m people with 5G. By the end of 2021, around 20m people will have access to the 5G network.