Why Internet Speed is Important
When your team is counting you, there's no time for buffering
The most important thing about choosing your Internet while gaming online is making sure your connection is virtually lag-free. FiOS® broadband speeds deliver the features you need to stay one step ahead of your opponents, with more playtime and less buffering. You can keep your game going even when your entire household is connected to the Internet for streaming, mobile, and computing power.
Fast Internet Speeds = Fast Reaction Time
A good ping rate means a more responsive connection while playing your game, especially when timing is everything. Ping rate is the reaction time of your connection and how quickly you receive a response after sending out a request or how fast information is sent from your computer to game servers and back again. Ping is measured in milliseconds.
Internet speeds of 1Mbps are important for online gaming, but Ping rates are more pivotal when dealing with latency issues. A lower number, around less than 20 m/s or better, is ideal, but games can function well up to 100 m/s ping rate.
Which device are you gaming with?
Depending on which device you use for gaming and the type of game you’d like to play, FiOS symmetrical upload and download speeds are ideal because while you play, your device is constantly sending and receiving information.
Download speed is how fast your device pulls data from the server. Tasks like loading webpages and streaming videos depend on a reliable download speed.
Upload speed is how fast your device is sending data to servers and is necessary for sending big files or using video chat to communicate with teammates. Even when pressing buttons on your controller your device sends urgent information from your machine to the software online, providing you with the best gaming experience.
Massively Multi Player (MMO) or MOBAs
Massively multi-player games or MMOs are capable of supporting large numbers of players at the same time and in the same world. The game continues to develop and grow while the players are away and while in the open world setting, a user can free-roam without any artificial barriers.
League of Legends Recommended Internet Speed: 6Mbps
In-game focus: Campaign solo or team up to traverse enemy territory, establish check-in points to spawn teammates, and take over competitor territory by destroying towers.
Type: Player-vs-player with teams of 5 or 10.
Quest logic: Unlock new character classes and upgrade gear and spells.
Co-op online needs: In-game communication will require bandwidth for Skype, Ventrilo or Teamspeak.
It’s important to remember that many game servers have thresholds for ping rates. If your ping rate is too high, you might be automatically kicked out of a game. Thresholds can be as low as 130 m/s but if you really want to count on your connection during the game, a lower ping rate is the way to go.
1st Person Shooter (FPS)
With a genre centered on gun and projectile weapon-based combat through a first-person perspective you can experience the action of the game through the eyes of the protagonist. These require higher ping rates for users to keep up.
Halo 5 Recommended Internet Speed: 6Mbps
In-game focus: Stand solo the longest with the best twitch reflexes and speed take down targets without lag.
Type: Player-vs-player (PVP)
Co-op online needs: In-game communication requires additional online gaming bandwidth for real-time talk through headsets and Skype to coordinate strategies and set the competitive edge.
While gaming online may only require a 1GB plan, the average data usage is about 30 to 50 Mbps per hour of online gaming. It is unlikely that you’ll be playing for 6 hours every day, but if you plan on sharing that connection with an entire household, you’ll need at least 2GB just for the game and 8-10 GB of data to accommodate the whole family.Explore Frontier Internet Plans
Role Playing Games (RPG)
When players take responsibility for acting out roles within a narrative, through a process of structured decision-making or character development, actions taken within the games succeed or fail based on the endurance of the player.
Final Fantasy XIV Recommended Internet Speed: 6Mbps
In-game focus: FFXIV is all about timing. Steady upload speed is needed to keep up consistency with casting during fights.
Type: Group (5 people), Raid (10 people)
Quest logic: Symmetrical Internet speeds can pay off big with The Ultimate Weapon or Heavensward.
Co-op online needs: Raids with teammates require 100% Internet up-time so that players can cast non-stop and remain in constant communication via Mumble, Ventrilo or Teamspeak.
The communication options are typically mobile-based apps—so these would require data or wifi which could add to the bandwidth needed for gaming.Explore Frontier Internet Plans
Do It All With One Connection
Standout Speeds are Important for more than just Gaming
A dynamic FiOS connection is paramount for gaming, streaming, and lightning fast Internet that isn’t affected by peak hours of public use. With a private connection, your entire household can get their online projects done, watch movies, surf the web, and reach new achievements alongside their gaming teammates.
Why Do I Need FiOS?
Symmetrical speeds are a player’s best bet. When upload and download speeds are equal, you’ll have the full power to edge out your competition.
5GB in 15 Minutes
While a FiOS connection of 50 Mbps can download a 5GB game in less than 15 minutes, another line may take up to two or three hours to download on a 6 Mbps connection. Don’t let lag hold you back.
FiOS gives you lightning fast speeds at unparalleled bandwidth, through a 100% fiber optic connection. It could be the difference between first and last place in the game.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications provides FiOS Internet, phone, and TV service to cities, neighborhoods, and rural areas throughout the West and across the nation. Frontier Internet is always delivered over a private line so customers don’t have to share bandwidth. With FiOS service, that means high speeds for every household in the area. To learn more, visit go.frontier.com.