Up For Debate - What Is A Suitable Bandwidth For A Gamer

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Feb 1, 2015 4:00 PM
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Back when I was on dial-up and attempting in vain to make use of any dodgy download accelerator I could get my hands on, the prospect of downloading a 10kb/s was but a pipedream. My measly 3-4kb/s took 15 minutes for a 3MB song, let alone the 300MB Unreal Tournament map pack I sought after.

Fast forward to now and that speed seems almost criminally slow. I’m hooked up to a decent-ish 15Mb/s connection that’s hundreds of times faster, but I still find the odd game plagued with lag issues. I played Delta Force with 49 other people on dial-up and it was great, but every so often a two-player game of FIFA 15 has a fit and lags me to hell and back.

The more complicated our games become, the faster our connections need to be to cope with. Even now the physics in most online shooters are severely hampered by the low-end connections. With unlimited bandwidth we’d be up to all sorts of insanity.

And don’t get me started on download sizes. Just as we looked to be getting on top of things, up arrives this generation with some of the most ridiculous installation files the planet has ever known. 65GB for Grand Theft Auto 5? I could commit grand theft auto and be out of jail by the time that’s finished coming down the pipe.

So over to you then, what do you think is the ideal bandwidth for the modern gamer? What speed internet are you using for your online death dealing?

 

What is a decent bandwidth for gaming today?

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22:38 Feb-02-2015

I'm connected directly to a 240mb line, but I am a patient type, I can download at 30 mbs a second which is great of course, no idea why I even have such a connection to be honest, pointless to have yet necessary haha

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18:21 Feb-02-2015

for gaming even a 1Mb connection is enough! all i need is the best ping.

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13:17 Feb-02-2015

I would like 50Mb speed but copper cables support only 24Mb so I need to use 24Mb but its still enough for me

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12:16 Feb-02-2015

I currently have 100mb/s on my plan, and would still love more!! :)


But people I play with would have no more than 7mb/s so I don't think you would need more than that. Then again it takes him forever to download a game

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09:55 Feb-02-2015

50GB-65GB games?
400MBps. Easily downloaded within 20-30 minutes.
I have it and it's insanely relaxing feeling when you know downloading isn't going to be a problem.

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09:58 Feb-02-2015

I got google fiber and is nice. Best part is when playing with friends on steam and they say will wait for you to download the game lol only took few mins/seconds lol

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13:54 Feb-03-2015

I have a local provider in Estonia. 30 Euros per month. Really cheap.

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09:45 Feb-02-2015

i believe 100mbps is enough for now. i have it and it never lags or am bothered by download times

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09:08 Feb-02-2015

I get 80/30, I'd prefer 1gbps though :P

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09:04 Feb-02-2015

pretty happy with my 8/1 back at my mums then when i lived with my nan for abit i was so happy to get 35/2 was crazy, now i live with my gf and we have 114/2.4 haha ecstatic! want faster now tho lol xD nahh its fast enough but we all are programed to be like 'this is great' for a day then the next want it faster haha :P

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07:12 Feb-02-2015

I dont know about you but ive started from a 50/20upl mb connection back in 2007, upgraded to a 100/75 upl mb one in 2009, and moved up to a fiber cable 1GBPS connection back in 2012.

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09:09 Feb-02-2015

how much money do u pay per month?

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09:48 Feb-02-2015

I pay 55 Romanian lei/month (12.2 euros/14$ 'murican dollars). But the internet is cheap in Romania and uber fast (#2-3 place in EU and #5-6 worldwide) in terms of speeds.

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14:20 Feb-02-2015

not here! i pay almost 40$ cnd(37-38 usd) for 5mb/s with 15gb maximum.we are scammed here.

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02:34 Feb-03-2015

Cry about it. We're having to pay $114 a month USD for 320Kb/s down and 25Kb/s up. You think you're being scammed.

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16:30 Feb-02-2015

Paying 19 euros a month for my 100M fiber

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02:33 Feb-03-2015

you are so lucky;) if you want 120mb/s here you will pay 91$(about 63-64 euro)

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06:24 Feb-02-2015

I have a 4mb ADSL, which downloads at 400kbps, its fine for playing multiplayer locally where i get 15ms to the JHB servers and 50 to CT servers and about 200 to international servers. However downloading games suck as it takes forever. Worried how long GTA V will take

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03:52 Feb-02-2015

We have a 400KB connection, and it is literally the worst thing ever. The speed alone would be fine if Frontier didn't throttle us every 10 minutes, that and the $90 a month is pretty crappy.

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03:46 Feb-02-2015

I have 13/6 currently and wishing I had Fibre....

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02:15 Feb-02-2015

I get a maximum of 500 kbps. But still can play online! ;)

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00:38 Feb-02-2015

when its day my internet is 2 download and 0.5 upload, but when its night i have 8.5 download and 3.2 upload

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23:32 Feb-01-2015

Well i am using 5 mbps for ages... very very rarely ran into problems with ping considering i played WoW for 8 years i think :D But in 2015 i find it very slow and probably gonna upgrade soon... downloading games can be pain in the a$$

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23:00 Feb-01-2015

I think the ping has more to do with online lag than the download & upload speeds. For instance I only have a 6Mb connection, & everything seem to be fine all the time when gaming because my ping stays around 40ms. My friend has 30Mb down but a ping of like 700ms (satellite), & he absolutely can't play online at all even though his bandwidth is 5 times what I have. Ping over 80ms is bad for gaming

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22:56 Feb-01-2015

50-100. You have to think of when the service is having issues or is going down. Charter has been having tons of issues lately causing massive issues in my online gaming even on Pc. I have 60 download and I've been getting 1-13mb and for this generation it's not suitable for online gaming. We're entering a digital age.

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02:01 Feb-02-2015

You are right about thinking about possible issues. I have an ISP in my city who offers 1000 mbps for an affordable price. Three caveats though: 1. This speed is only for servers in my country like local torrent trackers 2. This ISP has really large downtimes

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02:01 Feb-02-2015

and 3.The service(the 1000 mbps that is) is not available in the bigger part of the city

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22:20 Feb-01-2015

150kb/s download 70kb/s upload, I love my internet..

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20:48 Feb-01-2015

the ping and speed are totally different.where i live,my ping(15ms) are the same whatever the speed of internet you have,from 5mb/s to 60mb/s or more,so for gaming i have no problem at all(i play with 5mb/s) but it's so long for downloading a file ;)

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20:07 Feb-01-2015

100/10 fiber here. Works for me :)

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