Cassie Tolhurst | September 6, 2018
Game On: Finding the Best Internet Package for High-Speed Gaming
There’s nothing worse than pulling ahead of the pack in Forza Horizon 3 only to have the game lag and find your car tumbling into the Australian Outback once your internet connection catches up. If there’s one thing online gaming requires, it’s a fast connection that doesn’t drop out on you.
Fortunately, CenturyLink has high-speed internet options. Before you decide which package suits your needs, brush up on the basics about speed and equipment needs for a quality gaming experience.
Know Your Speed
Each gaming system has its own speed requirements, but there are some generally accepted numbers for the following features:
- Upload speed. Streaming your gameplay to others requires more bandwidth, so you need an upload speed of at least 1 Mbps.
- Download speed. Many games are cloud-based, making download speeds vital for starting games and getting patch updates. Download speeds should be at least 3 Mbps. However, network optimizer Haste notes that even 2 Mbps is adequate for gaming until another device accesses the network at the same time.
- Latency or ping rate. Ping measures the time it takes data to travel from one computer to another as measured in milliseconds—and the lower the number, the better. A ping rate of less than 150 milliseconds is fine for single players.
- Quality of service. This is the level of consistency in download speed and Jonas DeMuro from PC Gamer says it’s the main feature a gaming router needs to include to ensure low latency.
Check Your Equipment
No matter how much gaming you do, you need a router that can handle the speed, and it should be located away from walls, concrete and appliances to reduce signal interference. If you can use a direct Ethernet cable instead of going wireless, you’ll have the fastest and most stable connection.
You’ll also want to use the best routers, keyboards, headsets, and mics to further enhance your gaming experience.
Find Your Perfect Network Fit
Since a poor internet connection isn’t compatible with good gaming, invest in an ISP that supports your quest to be the fastest driver or best shot—or whatever floats your fancy.
CenturyLink offers DSL internet up to 1,000 Mbps, but if that’s not fast enough, look for fiber-optic networks in your area.
Fiber’s 1 Gigabit speed offers the fastest commercially available connection and eliminates most latency issues, but it isn’t yet available everywhere. Check CenturyLink’s website to see if fiber connections are an option for you, and to review the other available high-speed packages.
When you’re ready to start gaming, CenturyLink is there for you, helping you get the most out of each gaming session.