Up For Debate - How Fast is Your Gaming Internet Connection in 2018?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Aug 11, 2018 4:02 PM
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There’s no getting around, game sizes are booming. When you’ve got fairly innocuous titles like Valkyria Chronicles 4 weighing in at 71GB, we’ve come to an age where we’ve got to accept some massive downloads in order to play the latest games.

All of this hinges on our internet connections though. On a console, games are often released in physical format for those with slow download speeds, but 99% of PC games are pretty much digital only. If we want a game, we’ve got to download it.

PC gaming is a global hobby. However, high-speed internet most definitely isn’t. For some, 71GB downloads can be finished in 20 minutes. For others, this can take days, perhaps even weeks. For folks on slower connections, they’ve got to plan what they want to play days before they can actually play it. Pre-loads have eased this problem a little for newer games but it’s still problematic when people are wrestling with bandwidth caps and throttling.

It’s been about a year since we last took a look at this so we figured it would be neat to have a catch-up and see how our broadband speeds have improved over the year, if they’ve even improved at all.

2017 Results

A great site to test your speed is DSL Reports as this provides some of the most accurate net connection speed data. All you need to do is select your connection type on the site and run the test to receive your current speed.

Just vote for your current uploaded and download speeds in the polls and let us know below if you’ve noticed any improvements over the last year! Also, how have you been finding the size of game downloads lately, are they becoming too large for your connection?

How fast is your download speed?

How fast is your upload speed?

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15:23 Aug-16-2018

90/80 Mb/s for 5 € per month :) could be faster but enough for me at the moment

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11:32 Aug-17-2018

could I move to yer house?

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11:51 Aug-13-2018

36MB down and same for upl. 22€ for internet and smart television.

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08:17 Aug-13-2018

91.2Mb/s download and 16Mb/s upload for 40€ -ish, but actual price is 125€ with TV packages and additional phone numbers.

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08:00 Aug-13-2018

According to SpeedTest Down - 94.26 Mbps and Up - 93.49 Mbps.

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07:19 Aug-13-2018

whats Mb -Megabyte or megabit????

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08:06 Aug-13-2018

Mb = Megabit
MB = Megabyte

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12:12 Aug-13-2018

should really use mbps and MB/s, its exactly how it's written out in windows and speed tests. Not a fan of Mb and MB confuses people way too much.

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13:48 Aug-13-2018

Mbps = Megabit per second
mbps = incorrectly written Megabit per second (m = mili, M = mega still counts tho mili isn't used)
MBps = Megabyte per second


Mbps = Mb/s = Mbit/s
MBps = MB/s


To make it even harder:
A PC says 1GB (or GB/s) = 1024 MB (or MB/s) as 2^10 = 1024.
A company says 1GB = 1000 MB because it is easier to calculate with.
This make things harder than needed. The PC MB = MiB (MebiByte), but kept the MB in the PC because consumers: Mb and MB is already hard enough to understand.


This is why 1TB storage drives are not 1024GB on your pc but about 955 GB (well, GiB then)


And that problem is one reason why internet speeds are referred to as bit and not byte

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22:22 Aug-12-2018

still the same 16/1Mbits as last year...flat rate at least.

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13:33 Aug-13-2018

Feel ya XD I still have also flat 12/1Mbps (at daytime it goes as low as 8.4 somehow) and that crap costs 20€ per month..

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20:49 Aug-12-2018

A max download of 50MB/s and a max upload at 70MB/s, very compared to my last year connection ( 250Kb/s - 50Kb/s )

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12:13 Aug-13-2018

Damn 400mbps is pretty good. In France i used to be at 12/1, would download games at like 1.3MB/s. Now i do around 100-110MB/s lol.

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20:06 Aug-12-2018

250 kb down and 50 up for 15$ :/

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19:40 Aug-12-2018

I have a painful maximum of 320kbps down...

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17:58 Aug-12-2018

i am under minimum with 700kb down

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14:17 Aug-12-2018

100 mbps up/down for around 7 bucks here. More than enough for me.

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15:47 Aug-12-2018

what really? only for 7 bucks?WTF that´s a bargain.

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17:09 Aug-12-2018

in romania you can get a gigabit internet for 10$ a month

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14:57 Aug-13-2018

Yup, quite nice, but it's a top speed, no gigabit connection yet.

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07:09 Aug-16-2018

while here I am paying $30/month for 10 mbps with a maximum data cap of only 110 GB/month. xD

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13:27 Aug-12-2018

2/1 mbps, but very stable


gonna get upgraded to fiber soon, though


telesur (suriname)


edit: ping 18ms

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12:09 Aug-12-2018

Ping: 4ms Download: 102.81 Mbps Upload: 122.82
No Datacaps, Fiber so no always the same steady speed, 40 euros a month. Overall pretty happy with these speeds and in case the speed does not suffice anymore we can upgrade to 500/500 mbps. for 7 euros more.

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10:35 Aug-12-2018

960mb download/ 80 mb upload here

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09:27 Aug-12-2018

150-250mbps but severely throttling when downloading anything because Virgin suck


Upload speed is like 5-10mbps


Overall not to bad

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09:05 Aug-12-2018

well i live in egypt and the download speed is 1 mb/sec while the upload is 128 kb /sec
and my ping is like 200+ in games like battlefield 1 and fortnite
Pray for gamers in egypt ...

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06:22 Aug-13-2018

Im getting 100 ping at max in battlefield with 50kb/s and im also from egypt...

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08:36 Aug-12-2018

I didn't think that there can be a debatrle about a persons internet speed. Thought it's just a fact...


That being said - you guys really need to develop new titles for these kind of topics, cuz 'debating' makes no sense here.

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07:50 Aug-12-2018

50/15 with a ping of 30ms. Pretty satisfied since it's free. Well, not exactly free but comes bundled with my apartments rent.

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05:04 Aug-12-2018

still expensive.

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01:34 Aug-12-2018

2mb/s with a lot of packet loss issues and goes out a lot. literally the only option i have available besides satellite

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