Unless you particularly play offline or just love single-player games, having a decent broadband provider is nearly as valuable as having a powerful graphics card.
So are you using the right internet package for fulfilling your gaming needs?
Picking a good broadband package for gaming is not only about the speed of the connection, but it is also about monthly download limitations, latency rates, contention rates and more. Although there can be restrictions on the accessible options for a particular area, it is essential to go for the best broadband package in your affordability, particularly if you want to make the most out of online multiplayer gaming. Consider these things while choosing the accurate Internet Provider:
- Broadband Speeds: Obviously the foremost thing is speed when it comes to choosing a broadband package to meet your love for gaming. While speed is not as important as many people believe it is when it comes to multiplayer gaming. It is required when it comes to downloading games and user-generated content. If you plan to buy and download games online, you’ll need to have the fastest connection accessible in your area. Modern high-end video games typically weigh in at around 25 GB or more. Even the fastest connections available will take at least half an hour to download such a game, while the standard broadband package can easily take an entire day or more. These days the fastest broadband connections available offer download speeds more than 100Mbps via a fiber-optic connection, but they are only available in certain areas. If your provider does not have a fiber-optic cable broadband package, do make sure that you get the standard DSL or fastest cable package.
- Connection Reliability and Latency: Have you wondered what is even more valuable than actual download speed? It is having a reliable connection that keeps a consistently low latency. It is commonly referred as ping. So what is the latency rate? It is the time that your computer takes to communicate with the remote server and usually measured in milliseconds. For playing online multiplayer games, you ideally need a latency rate of less than 50ms. The more the latency rates, the slower, is the reaction times, which gives the opponents with better connections a great help. Remember good latency rates shouldn’t be a problem with any reliable broadband provider, but it can cause several problems when it comes to shared providers or connections that have poor traffic management or high contention ratios.
- Unlimited Downloads: Having a flat rate connection is a must for any gamer because of the amount of bandwidth that modern games use. Also, many games auto-download updates and other content without seeking permission. However, almost any medium to high-end broadband package advertises unlimited downloads and these can automatically limit your connection speed if you download huge data. Nowadays, many providers do not require any traffic management, as their broadband packages tend to come at a premium.
- Broadband Hardware for Gamers: Nowadays, almost every broadband package comes with all the hardware that is needed to get connected, and while there are specialist routers aimed towards gamers, they rarely provide any appreciable benefit in spite of the premium prices they demand. Make sure that you have the router that supports the current wireless protocol and provides ample Ethernet ports.
Nonetheless, a serious gamer prefers using a wired Internet connection, due to enhanced reliability and fewer interference issues.
So what type of Internet Connection is best for gamers? Share your views with us in the comments section!
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