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Log into Wild Rift right now and you may see yourself become the game's guinea pig. The WiFi/4G-based Wild Rift dual-channel communication feature has rolled out to a select few players to test before its wider release.
Wild Rift Dual-Channel Communication Release Date
The WiFi/4G-based Wild Rift dual-channel communication feature was revealed as part of the 2.3 patch notes earlier in the month, but was ultimately delayed late last week.
As of June 23, the dual-channel communication feature is rolling out to a select few players. Later in the week, it'll be available to everyone.
What is the Wild Rift Dual-Channel Communication Feature?
Riot Games hasn't really delved deep into the details, but the concept is easy enough to understand.
The dual-channel communication feature runs both WiFi and 4G connections at the same time. Wild Rift will presumably measure both and frequently switch to whichever provides the best connection.
Not only should it work to reduce a player's ping, but it should offer a lifeline in case one connection drops out.
Of course, running a 4G connection does mean sipping your data plan whenever Wild Rift decides it's better off using that over your standard WiFi connection, so you'll need to weigh up the pros and cons of that before you enable the feature.
How to Enable the Wild Rift Dual-Channel Communication Feature
If you've been chosen to test the Wild Rift 4G/WiFi feature, you'll see the option in the "Other" tab on the "Settings" menu. It's listed as "Dual-Channel Communication". Enable that and you're good to go.
Unless it gets delayed, everyone should see this setting by the end of June.
How Much Data Does the Wild Rift Dual-Channel Communication Feature Use?
Typically speaking, for basic matchmaking and play, games use very, very little data. It's patch downloads that demand WiFi. For example, Pokemon GO players use around 3MB of cellular data every hour while out and about.
Will Wild Rift Dual-Channel Communication Use 5G?
Riot's plans for the growth of the feature haven't been discussed.
With 5G constantly promising stellar gaming performance, it would make sense to expect the WiFi/4G feature to be upgraded to 5G down the line. There's no evidence to suggest the g push is in the pipeline just yet, however.