Gaming online has rapidly grown in popularity over the last decade or so and it’s still growing at an impressive rate even now. In the past, the only real type of gaming was predominantly horse and sports betting which were being offered Betpoint and other established bookmakers. However, nowadays we’re seeing more and more video games designed with online play in mind; which has led to the arrival of eSports, which relies solely on the internet. Whether you’re playing via a gaming PC, console, handheld or even mobile, you’ll be able to pay the latest gaming titles online by yourself, with friends or even against total strangers.
So, you’ve got the gaming device and your games; all you need now is an internet connection and this is one of the most crucial cogs in the system when it comes to gaming online. Without access to the internet, you simply can’t play games online and the same applies if you have a poor internet connection too. The last thing you want is to be playing one of your favourite games such as Fortnite or Call of Duty and the connection to drop during a game.
If you’re planning to play games via a gaming PC, console such as an Xbox One or PS4 or a handheld device like a Nintendo Switch, having a fast internet connection is pretty much a necessity these days. The faster the connection, the more responsive the game will be as it will be able to communicate with the servers a lot quicker, while also having impressive ping rates too.
It’s also become the norm these days for players to purchase and then download their games online, rather than buy them in disc or cartridge form. Digital downloads can be very large in size and this means that a slow or unreliable internet connection will see it take a good number of hours, or even possibly days, to complete the download of the game. Games these days are also regularly updated by their developers too and again this will require downloading to take place, so a good internet connection will certainly come in handy.
Gaming online via a smartphone is a completely different prospect altogether. Smartphones these days have the ability to connect to Wi-Fi as well as having their own mobile internet capabilities. While Wi-Fi is a lot quicker and more reliable in most cases when it comes to gaming on the move, 4G can more than hold its own when it comes to providing good speeds as well as reliability.
Mobile games must be downloaded to the device they’re being played on and therefore it is always advantageous to do so over a Wi-Fi connection as they are often faster than 4G and most mobile data provided by network operators for smartphones has a limit. This is also something to bear in mind when it comes to gaming online as you can quite easily lose track of how much data you’re using, and this can result in you using up your allowance. With 5G on the horizon, this will provide mobile players with much faster speeds and reliability that fiber optic and broadband connections may struggle to match.