The terms you need to know
Before you get further into the nitty gritty, let’s clear up some keywords and phrases...
So, what Mbps is good for gaming?
When it comes to download and upload speeds, one general mantra is ‘faster is better’ which is true from a certain point of view. To some people’s surprise online gaming actually isn’t the most bandwidth-busting activity you could be doing. Unlike online videos, which stream across your internet connection, video game images are rendered by the graphics engine in your PC or games console. The information that needs to go back and forth online is from the keys or joypad buttons you are pressing. All this means – even for modern games with pin-sharp 4K graphics – you'd only need a download speed of around 3Mbps to keep playing online.
As games are interactive, you do also need to think about upload speeds for your online gaming as well. The speed at which information hits a remote server when you’re playing is a factor. The upload speed you need is actually pretty slow, roughly 1Mbps to 2Mbps, which even a lesser connection will supply you with, so other factors may be more important in the long run.
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How can I improve my online gaming experience?
There will always be little issues along the way, best to try and avoid them and keep your scores and achievements rock solid. Here’s a few tips.