Up For Debate - How do you feel about your internet speed and video game storage sizes?

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Nov 24, 2020 5:00 PM
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Games are getting thicc. It’s not uncommon to see download sizes exceed 50GB now, or even 100GB (and in the case of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, over 200GB). Yet despite the internet speed average across the world slowly increasing, more and more gamers are getting frustrated at slow download speeds and large game file sizes, according to a recent study.

According to the report, a third (33%) of gamers are apparently “routinely frustrated by slow download speeds”, and 58% of ‘expert level’ players have experienced frustration at some point with their download speeds.

This is also considering that there has been a major switch in demand recently, as more gamers are now preferring digital games over physical copies. According to the same report, 66% of players preferred to get physical copies of their games back in 2018, whereas a new report suggests that 63% now prefer to download games digitally.

This is even further corroborated by gaming laptops that don’t even include CD drives, or the most recent PlayStation 5 console which offered a discless edition for $100 less, which would then force players to download their games digitally over getting a physical copy.

Obviously these statistics have a lot more to do with console players than PC gamers, as the rise of store launchers like Steam has made buying and downloading games easier than ever before on the PC platform.

According to Ookla’s Global Speed Index, the average download speed across the globe has increased from 70.72Mbps this time last year, up to 87.84Mbps, that’s an increase of nearly 20Mbps in just a year.

But are game sizes increasing at a faster rate than internet speeds? Or is this just a select few games in recent years that have exceeded massive download sizes? Assassins Creed: Valhalla for instance is the third game in the recently rebooted trilogy, and comes in at 50GB required storage space. Whilst the previous two entries, Assassins Creed: Origins and Assassins Creed: Odyssey have only required 42GB and 46GB respectively. So an 8GB jump in 3 years isn’t a whole lot.

We’ve briefly touched on this topic before, but didn’t focus quite as much on internet speeds, so we thought with these new data statistics we could revisit this topic as we get close to the holidays and see how everyone feels now.

So what do you think? Do you prefer physical or digital copies of games? Are you frustrated by slow download speeds? What is your average download speed? And are games really getting a lot bigger? Or is that just a select few titles in recent years? Let us know!

Do you prefer physical or digital games?

How would you describe your internet speed?

Do you think game sizes are increasing faster than internet speeds?

Are games too big in storage size these days?

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14:38 Nov-28-2020

i live in a third world country
enough said

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14:59 Nov-28-2020

what are your internet speeds?
in my country, it's rather interesting that edges of big cities have way worse internet speeds than villages, due to household aggregation :)

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14:51 Nov-29-2020

lemme tell u T
5.4mbs for download
2.5mbs upload
16 a month
the average income is 225€
lol its hell

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13:43 Nov-30-2020

ah I feel you, just 2 years ago I was struggling with 5 Mbit DL and 0.1 Mbit UL for about 18€, higher speeds on wires weren't technically possible on the edge of capital city,
last year things were upgraded to fiber/coax so I could finally go for it, my speeds are now close to 300/20Mbit DL/UL for about 24€,
to be honest I'm not really online that much to make use of those speeds, but it's definitely nice to have when available

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01:25 Dec-04-2020

If you don't have any better local alternatives, Starlink might present a better alternative (in 2021).
Granted it's would still be prohibitively expensive for a single person to buy all the hardware (disk, mount etc...), but if you were to have a group of people (let's say 8 - 10) agree to share the installation cost, you have a shoot of having an acceptably fast internet connection.

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00:53 Nov-26-2020

As someone who has a 3Mbps internet connection, you know how I voted.
P.S.
To everyone in the world that has garbage internet, check out the satelite internet Starlink from Elon Musk.
If he can pull it off, everyone in the world will have access to decent internet access.

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20:43 Nov-25-2020

my gaming laptop had a 2tb ssd and 2 1tb m.2 but they has some work programs and some games for when i travel.
when my desktop needs more storage, i usually go out and buy a new ssd to transfer from the older smaller to the new larger one. i have one 5tb hd for storing old, small file games or stuff that doesnt need faster load speeds (music, movies, roms).

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20:48 Nov-25-2020

my job requires i have a dual fiber setup so my game downloads are dictated by the servers. my neighbors dont have that advantage and they always complain about slowdown and bottlenecks during peak usage. covid made it worse.

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18:30 Nov-25-2020

I have to buy digital as my laptop has no disc drive but I almost always wait for a game to go on sale even if it's a major AAA title.


My Internet is very fast. There is faster in my country but my current plan is more than enough.


The games are getting way too big. On my PS4, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Gran Turismo Sport eat up more than half of my 408 GB. Can't even fit my physical copy of Ghost of Tsushima unless I delete another game.


With the fall sales on Steam and EGS, I might be buying more games I can't fit on my 512 SSD laptop.

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01:02 Nov-26-2020

It's quite rare to even find a laptop that has a disc drive these days, at any price point.
As for your PS4, you have an option to install a several TB SSD. That will take care of the storage problem for ya. If you want to go the affordable route try Samsung QVO line.
Here's a link that might be useful to you.

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12:34 Nov-25-2020

coming from third world country , i need to wait 3 days to download 50gb in my pc lol , so i choose physical for my ps4 ( xbox more expensive with tax)

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12:26 Nov-25-2020

For some reason, internet speed seemed like it was more true to what the ISP gave me in the past.
Subscribed for 10mbps download? You'll get that, even over wifi.
Now I have 200mbps down and up and on wifi it often fluctuates between 130 and 200 on speedtests. Fyi, everything in my surroundings is good, I tested next to my router. I could blame my router (netgear) or it could be something else, not sure.

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14:02 Nov-25-2020

Wifi in general is garbage, but here are some things you need to know:
1) Distance and obstacles slow speed down.
2) Use 2.4GHz for slower, but more reliable connections over distance/obstacles
3) Use 5GHz for higher speed, but the signal gets worse faster than 2.4GHz over distance/obstacles
4) Your wifi receiving device should be able to keep up too
5) Use ethernet cables where you can. It's the only way to receive the full speed from the router because wifi still sucks in 2020

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14:05 Nov-25-2020

you can check what area/band/channel your wifi transmits at, changing channel manually depending on your measurements may often help, even if default is "auto"

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14:17 Nov-25-2020

That's also true, especially at 2.4GHz where the traffic may be congested due to other devices interfering

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20:51 Nov-25-2020

i adjusted my channels to avoid interference with others that keeps theirs on default channels.

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17:51 Nov-25-2020

just use ethernet cabel to your pc/console and that is it

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18:14 Nov-25-2020

If only it would be that simple. Unfortunately, there's no wire going to the 2nd floor where my desktop is. For the comments above, I have an Intel AC9260 with two upgraded 15dB antennas. Link speed is always above 300mbps, so I'm good there. It just happens that downloads in general don't maintain their speeds. This could be either server related or that my modem or router has some hickups (the modem of my previous ISP has many problems by design of the intel puma 6 chipset, not sure what the "experia box" modems have, which I own now).

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18:31 Nov-25-2020

use a good powerline

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19:02 Nov-25-2020

can confirm, powerline adapters are amazing if you live in a place that's less than 15 years old (since built). Some older houses might have electrical issues that wont help your connection, but it should still beat WiFi

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08:50 Nov-26-2020

Funny thing is, I actually got one of those, but it caps speeds at 80mbps, it's pure trash. This house is from -1970, but the power line has been tested on the same electrical group.

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16:29 Nov-26-2020

i have a devolo 1200mbps powerline , i get the exact ms and speed as if i am connected to the router

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16:34 Nov-26-2020

Powerline adapters are fussy... I had to get a pair for my living room to get rid of some cables and, while I get around 300Mbps, it's still below the near-400 that my ISP gives me. And I had to do a lot of testing. For example, plugging a power strip into the same dual outlet caused the speeds to halve. Plugging into a different outlet in the living room - also halved. Plus you only ever realistically get 1/4 to 1/3 of the rated speed, so the higher rated powerline is - the better. I have 1200Mbps rated ones, I need to get the 2Gbps ones to get faster.

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18:35 Nov-26-2020

"there's no wire going to the 2nd floor where my desktop is" then figure out a way to get cable there,
it's literally the only way to get full speed I'm afraid,
I was dealing with similar problem, ended up wiring around 16m coax cable around just to get the ISP's modem as much in the center of the house optimal spot as possible,
problem with WiFi is network jitter and interference with other stuff, good enough for watching videos and other content online (which are being buffered anyway), but not for low-latency consistent performance

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22:30 Nov-26-2020

I have a burning hate for wifi and I'm always wired, so I 100% agree with your "figure out a way to get the cable there" statement xD
When I was a student I lived in a shared house and my PC was on one floor, but my TV was on another, then my friend was on yet another floor. I ended up wiring all my and my friend's devices with 10-20m CAT6 cables :D

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10:45 Nov-27-2020

Unfortunately, the only way to hide the cable is by removing the laminated floor and tuck it under one, eventually making an outlet in the wall. (as there's just one hole that goes upstairs, but it's in a different room). Not really worth it, considering that most downloads are fast enough and the ping is reliable.

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10:52 Nov-27-2020

Xquatrox, I do have everything wired that can be wired. The TV, my Raspberry Pi and the TV mediabox (Arris kinda cheaped out on this mediabox compared to the one from my previous ISP, so it's wired only. It's basically a raspberry pi with wifi turned off)

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12:52 Nov-27-2020

then maybe wait for Wi-Fi 6 become more affordable - by design it should offer lower latency, while offering modest range, might be worth it in your case perhaps

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12:15 Nov-25-2020

I am allright with today's game sizes because i have a good internet (100Mb d/u - unlimited) but i am definitely not ok with it when it comes to my system storage. I prefer physical copies so i dont have to make a steam\game backup so i dont have to download it again from steam.

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12:01 Nov-25-2020

The fastest i can have where i live is 37mb down and 7mb up, tried to get faster but was told the house doesnt support it, so unless i move somewhere else in the UK im stuck with it

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11:15 Nov-25-2020

i remember downloading some games before when my net speed was like kb/s. Now ive like 50-60 mbs and im fine with it. But i still dislike how games size are increasing every year. They should add an option for us to remove if we don't want it.Either be graphics options, language options, servers options? Like if im from EU i would not want to play on other servers. Or be it SP/MP separate download

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09:32 Nov-25-2020

Got 2gbps coming into the router then shared over wifi and 4 1gbps ports. I download at 110MB/s max speed. I can get even faster 5gbps with a 2.5 gbps port and then 2x1gbps ports. Very lucky that France has finally decided to up it's game, prices are around 40€ as well and thats tv/internet/landline.


P.S. When i first moved here it was 12/1, painful as all hell haha.

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16:36 Nov-26-2020

I do miss the internet speeds of mainland Europe that cost pennies... :)

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17:55 Nov-26-2020

Yea compared to the US it's not even funny. We're at 2gbps shared so i always get 1gbps on my PC no matter what. The company Free, goes a 5gbps and 8gbps shared speeds coming in and the plan is to do 10gbps in a few years. Insane.

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22:36 Nov-26-2020

Mad! I'm currently paying £52/mo for 385/36 broadband, but I've seen stuff like 1Gbps up/down in mainland + mobile + TV for 20 EUR/mo, so what we get here in UK feels like a ripoff, even though it's nowhere near the worst I've seen.

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08:00 Nov-27-2020

Yea i know a few people in the UK, they hate the net, it's like American monopoly same s***. Cheapest ive see in France is probably around 30€.

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09:11 Nov-25-2020

10 yrs ago dialup & modems days 1.1mbps av. & a day to download a game rural, to nowadays 209 mbps down & 110mbps up in city. From Graphics, piracy protection (games were DRM free) etc. add to the I want instantly generation of people

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07:57 Nov-25-2020

I download at 2 to 2.5 mbps, if I'm lucky it reaches 5 mbps

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06:45 Nov-25-2020

Full AC: Odyssey is 98 Gb.
AC 3 Remastered is 48 Gb.
Laughable? Yep.
Soon you'll need an SSD just for 1 game. End is nigh

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09:28 Nov-25-2020

SSD's are getting cheaper every day. You can get a 1TB SSD for 75 euro's here in The Netherlands.

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11:10 Nov-25-2020

First you bought Odyssey at 60€, then you pay another 7€ for the install space for it, it all adds up quite a lot.
On the topic though, I have to use a 4G router and my download speeds are usually 1 to 2mb/s because all the lines are burdened and at evenings it drops into the kb/s range. Sometimes I can get up to 4mb/s if I get really lucky. Finland is a real backwater regarding internet even though we're supposed to be 'advanced'.

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18:28 Nov-25-2020

Tell me about it. I live in Croatia. Cheapest 1Tb SSDs are about 120€ and speaking of connection, just a few years ago, my internet speed was horrendous. Nowadays, depending of which part of the town you live at, you get speeds at 250 Mbits but since i'm still on copper i am at 60 Mbits which is 6 Mb/s download. South part of the town has had 250 Mbit speed for years. Backwater doesn't describe this situation very well.

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06:42 Nov-25-2020

I remember times when I was downloading 100 MB add-on for half life 1 with dial up internet, I got an error at like 80% that was painful and you paid for every minute on the internet. People are spoiled nowadays lol.

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06:47 Nov-25-2020

Forgot to mention, affordable HDDs were so small you could only have 1-2 games installed at the same time. So if you wanted to install new game you had to delete something :))

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06:22 Nov-25-2020

PUBLISHERS SHOULD MAKE GAMES INSTALLER TWO VERSIONS, ONE FOR 1080P GAMERS, AND OTHER FOR HIGHER RESOLUTION USER

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05:45 Nov-25-2020

Well, stuff like 4k textures should be optional download and this wouldn't be as much of a problem.

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05:14 Nov-25-2020

Everyone is worried about storage size not being big enough, and i'm here saying that the whole world NEEDS 2gb/s down and up minimum with no data caps at all at a reasonable price. Why? Well, everything is getting bigger. Apps, images, videos, movies, and especially games. The whole world needs to be connected in an instant and not have to wait for anything to come through. The lower the latency, the better.


Storage should get bigger sure, but download speeds need to catch up significantly.

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04:06 Nov-25-2020

I don't mind huge file size ONLY if its whole content is enjoyable, even though my download speed is about 26 Mbps. I wish in the future singleplayer games are more common and enjoyable or internet around the world is faster so we can really play together without a hurdle(or both).

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03:43 Nov-25-2020

5 years ago, the biggest game I ever download was 20GB, and my internet speed was 10Mb/s - 1.25MB/s
Now, the biggest game I download is 150GB and my internet speed is 25Mb/s - 3MB/s
This isn't looking good

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03:18 Nov-25-2020

20 upload and 20 download, i consider my internet speed average for México, but slow worldwide, my dad is just too lazy to increase the speed as we have been with this internet speed for over 7 years

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