Video gaming in the 21st century is all about going online. Not being able to go online can and will negatively impact the user experience, as many, if not all features, of modern games require some kind of Internet connection. Some games require very basic connections, some require really fast speeds and some games require going online every now and then. In every case, modern gaming and going online are in a state of coexistence.
Just How Fast Is Fast Enough?
Answering this question is not that easy. A quick answer when it comes to Internet speed requirements is that you will need about 25 Mbps in order to play your favourite games without problems. At the same time there are many who believe that going up to 400 Mbps or even 600 Mbps would secure a smooth gameplay experience. Both scenarios are right but at the same time, there are millions of gamers from all over the world who enjoy their favourite games and all their online functions even with much lower Internet speeds.
The Type of Game You Play Matters
Every online game is different and every game has its own Internet speed requirements. Ninth-generation MMORPGs will run smoother if you have a fast internet connection, but online games of chance, such as the slots released by Pragmatic Play and Playtech, will run without problems even when you are using your basic mobile data in order to play. Most hardcore gamers will not take any chances and they will pay a little bit extra in order to have the best possible Internet connection their networks allow for, but for the average player, a basic Internet connection will do the job just fine.
When you are playing games where every millisecond matters and where everything is about interactivity, having a stable and fast Internet connection will make things better. This applies both to MMORPGs as well as to single player games. Momentarily losing connection while playing Gran Turismo 7 or NBA 2K23, can change the outcome of the game. In these cases, the speed requirements are not that high but if you have a lower speed and you are playing the game while your Internet is also powering unrelated activities, then you will probably have some user experience issues.
Make Sure that You Are Getting What You Are Paying for
Many Internet connection providers market their services as the fastest and as the most reliable, but sometimes, Internet users get a lot less than what they thought they would get. You may have signed a contract for a 100 Mbps connection, but in reality, you may be getting just one tenth of that. It is always worth checking the actual speed of your connection and it is always worth looking for ways that will improve your Internet speed. If you are not getting what you paid for, then it would be wise to contact your Internet provider. The solution may be as simple as getting your router changed, but before signing any new contracts, try to keep an eye on the small print and on the terms and conditions of the service.