If you, like so many others in the UK, are currently into gaming, you are going to need a broadband gaming package to meet your needs.
Today, we are going to assess the most important features of broadband for gamers, what ISPs offer good deals, and how the different consoles work.
Important gaming broadband features
Download Allowance – If you game regularly, you need to pay attention to the download limits since you probably reach these with ease.
These days, unlimited download packages are affordable so this could be an option for you.
Speed – If you play online, you will need a fast speed otherwise connectivity will let you down.
Contention Ratio – As more people join the exchange you use, your own connection will slow which causes lag when gaming.
To prevent this from becoming a problem, choose a provider where the contention ratio is low.
Throttle – Since gaming relies quite heavily upon your bandwidth, some providers will automatically slow your connection by ‘traffic shaping’ so you would be best to choose a provider without this measure in place.
Latency – Next, we have latency and you will need this to be low. With a high latency, it means the time from pressing a button on the controller to it actually registering increases.
Freebies – Finally, once you have taken care of the above features, you could look into the freebies as these incentives can be worthwhile with free tablets and netbooks.
Gaming broadband and Consoles
As long as the router is compatible, most of the modern consoles will work wirelessly without a problem and this includes PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U.
With the Xbox 360, you might need to purchase a wireless adapter or else connect the console to a modem directly.
If you have an older console such as the original Xbox or a PS2, you will need to research additional hardware in order to connect to the internet.
Fortunately, very few games at this point were designed with online gaming in mind.
Please Note – If you aren’t experienced with consoles, you should know that some games will require certain subscriptions to receive the full product and this is especially true for those in the category of Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG).
For example, World of Warcraft is incredibly popular but the communities need to be maintained and they therefore demand a small fee.
Gaming broadband service providers
In the market currently, there are many providers offering great deals for gamers and we have listed the most popular below.
Virgin Media – Firstly, this provider is known for fibre optic technology and this will come in handy for gaming because so-called ‘ping’ will be reduced thus improving online gaming. With the best Virgin Media package, you could receive 300Mbps.
BT – Along the same lines, BT Infinity also utilises fibre optic connectivity and most parts of the UK will receive 76Mbps along with low latency rates and reduced lag. In some areas of the country, their ‘pure-fibre’ program will be available and this leads to 330Mbps which would see you have the best connection in most game lobbies and parties.
PlusNet – Although not as large as some other providers, PlusNet has a Pro package offering improved connectivity for gamers.
TalkTalk – Lastly, TalkTalk has one cable package that can equal the speeds of BT Infinity so this could also be worth your time.