How to Play Real AAA Video Games on Your Phone Using 5G and Cloud Gaming

If you want to play the latest AAA games without anyone but your phone, cloud gaming may be your solution. That’s not always the case – in the era before 5G, mobile gaming was still out of the question for fast games.

But that has changed with the power of consistent, low-latency 5G connections, such as AT & T’s 5G nationwide coverage..

AT&T offers benefits to qualified 5G customers with two of the most popular game streaming services available today, NVIDIA GeForce Now and Google’s Stadia Pro. With an AT&T service, you can try both for free for 6 months* to see which service is right for you.


If you are a PC gamer with a large Steam library, you should start with GeForce NOW. This will give you access to stream over 1,200 supported games from your Steam, Ubisoft, Epic, Origin, or GOG account, as well as access to your saved games. GeForce NOW members can also stream nearly 100 of the best free games. Best of all, you don’t have to pay to get on the ground floor thanks to the app’s free tier.

However, if you really want to unlock the power of GeForce NOW, you can get a premium subscription that will give you better graphics options and higher frame rates, and let you skip the connection queue. All eligible AT&T 5G customers, current or new, can get a six-month priority subscription to GeForce NOW with us simply by visiting

AT&T also offers new and existing 5G customers six months of Stadia Pro. Stadia Pro offers over 50 games to claim and play in seconds, with new games being added every month. And like GeForce Now, Stadia offers a free tier that includes a range of free titles like Destiny 2 and Super Animal Royale, and more than 200 games available for individual purchase.

It should be noted that if you have a subscription to Ubisoft+, you will have instant access to any Ubisoft game on Stadia and GeForce NOW by simply linking to the accounts.

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If these services are not for you, there is a whole bunch others great cloud gaming services to choose from. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate has an extensive library for your console and PC, with all the Halo games available to stream to your phone. Also, Amazon Luna includes a growing library of streaming games and several subscription options, including an option to focus on family -oriented games. If you like nostalgic and retro games, Antstream has you covered.

While every cloud gaming service includes a touch control scheme that will allow you to play without a gamepad, not all games will be a good time if you don’t use a real gamepad. To take your on-the-go cloud gaming to a new level, mobile gamers may want to choose a mobile-compatible game controller for the ultimate experience on that console. Although the controller you want to choose may depend on the cloud gaming service (s) you want to use.

If you’re a gamer, you probably already have a controller that will work for you. Any recent Xbox or Sony Dual Shock 4 controller, for example, should work well on any 5G phone, but there are also Stadia and Luna controllers specifically designed for their cloud gaming that you might want to check out. If none of these options work for you, GeForce NOW has a list of recommended Bluetooth gamepads for your phone here.

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To really make your phone a gaming device, check out the Razer Kishi as well. The phone slides right into the controller and offers a truly integrated gaming experience like you get from a dedicated gaming device.

At this point, you have everything you need to get started. Also, since all of these games are played in the cloud and streamed to your device, your saved games are also in the cloud. This means you can get a new phone or switch between different devices and have your backups there.

With it, you have all the information you need to dive into the world of 5G cloud gaming. Welcome to the future.

*Must have a qualified 5G device with an eligible wireless plan (min. $ 75/month prior to discounts). After 6 months, Stadia Pro renews at $ 9.99/month; unless you cancel. Nvidia, Stadia, and 5G access require a compatible device. AT&T 5G is not available everywhere. See for details of 5G coverage. Subj. Change. New or existing AT&T wireless customers. Additional fees, taxes and other charges, and restrictions apply. Look for more details.

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