Broadband for gaming
If you’re passionate about gaming, you’ll want a smooth gaming experience. For this, it’s important to think about the type of broadband connection you'll need. Ideally, you’ll want a fast connection with low latency and unlimited usage to maximise your gameplay.
Key features of broadband for gaming
There are four key things to consider when choosing broadband for gaming:
Speed: The faster your broadband speed the easier it will be to play online multiplayer games, especially if you’re streaming your gameplay live
Latency: For a smoother gaming experience, you’ll want a low latency so there is no lag in your gameplay
Usage: You’ll want a generous data limit, ideally unlimited, broadband usage as part of your plan
Connection: If you’re able to get it in your area, a full fibre connection will provide a more reliable service than standard broadband
How much data does online gaming use?
You might be interested to know that gaming usually uses less bandwidth than streaming or video calling. A popular game like Minecraft uses 100MB of data per hour, whereas streaming Netflix in HD can use up to 3GB an hour. A video call on Zoom is even higher at 810MB per hour to video stream.
However, you will use a lot of data if you’re downloading online games to your console. To download GT Sport or NBA 2022 on PlayStation 4 they’ll both use 100GB of data. That’s why it’s important to have a broadband plan which has unlimited usage, otherwise you could hit your data limit pretty quickly. At Vodafone, all our plans come with unlimited data usage, so you don’t have to worry about how much you’re downloading. Discover Vodafone Broadband plans
Does broadband speed improve gaming experience?
A faster broadband speed can improve your gaming experience because you’ll have lower latency. Latency is measured in ‘ping’, the average time in milliseconds for the signal to be sent from the device to the server. A low ping rate of 20ms is exceptional, with anything up to 100ms being sufficient. Low latency is important if you play a lot of online multiplayer games. An example of this is if you’re in combat against another player and need to make the first move. With a high-speed internet connection, you’ll be able to react more quickly in the game without lag.
If you’re looking for a super-fast connection, Pro II Broadband offers the UK’s fastest WiFi technology throughout the home, made possible by WiFi 6E. Perfect for gaming, you can enjoy faster response times, low latency, and faster downloads even for VR experiences. Pro II includes a Super WiFi 6E Booster which provides a signal that is 25x faster than standard broadband and 4G Broadband Back-up so you don’t lose connectivity in the middle of a game. Learn more about Pro II Broadband
How to get the best gaming experience
To get the best gaming experience we would recommend:
A speed of at least 50 Mbps, opt for 100 Mbps if your budget allows
Full fibre broadband, check if available in your area
Fast upload and download speeds
Low latency between 20 – 40ms
Unlimited broadband usage
If you do find your WiFi struggles while gaming, you could try a wired connection to your console or laptop. You can use an ethernet cable to plug your console directly into your broadband which will provide a faster connection than WiFi.
If you’re gaming on the go, you’ll want to make sure you have 5G or 4G signal coverage. 5G will offer faster download speeds and quicker gameplay.
If you’re looking for broadband specifically for gaming, you should make sure the speed is fast enough – especially if you’re gaming online in real time with other players. If you’re still unsure of what speed is right for you, opt for the best speed for your budget – you can always upgrade later if you find it isn’t enough. Ready for your best gaming experience? View our range of broadband plans
Frequently asked questions
The faster your broadband speed, the better your gaming experience will be. Faster broadband gives you lower latency and quicker download and upload speeds, which will improve your gaming experience.
Aim for speeds over 100 Mbps, and if you’re serious about gaming, you may want to look at higher speeds of 200 to 500 Mbps.
Fibre or full fibre will offer a more reliable connection, lower latency, and faster speeds than 5G. However, 5G is ideal for mobile gaming when you’re away from home and it’s a lot faster than 4G.