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4G for gaming - Reduced latency, improved speeds and more

6th June 2014
4G for gaming

The improved browsing speeds and rapid downloading of 4G are well documented. However, one thing we feel is underplayed are the benefits which superfast 4G networks bring to those who enjoy playing their favourite games online.

We’re talking about those who love nothing more than taking down a foe from the other side of country (or world) with an AK47 in Call of Duty, or demolishing a Zergling army in Starcraft. In such a competitive environment a good internet connection can often be the difference between life and death.

Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have access to a home broadband connection, so their only option is a mobile broadband connection. Until now that’s often been an underwhelming experience via 3G, but fear not because superfast 4G has arrived.

4G networks deliver lower pings than 3G networks resulting in an improved online environment, while it’s increased bandwidth and download speeds are also advantageous to gamers. We’ll now look in more detail at why the launch of 4G is great news for online gamers.

Lower latency (or ping)

Average Latency Or Ping (3G and 4G LTE networks)

The most important thing in an online environment, particularly in fast-based shooter and strategy games, is a decent ping. Ping (or latency) is the time it takes for a request to be sent to the game server and back again, so the lower the figure the more responsive things will feel and the easier it’ll be to “own that annoying scrub”.

Previous 3G connections delivered pings that averaged around the 120-150 milliseconds mark, while on 4G that is reduced to around 70-80ms.

That might not seem like much on paper, but hardened gamers will know that once pings go above 100 it can be affect your ability to compete in fast-based games. On 4G LTE your shots will register significantly faster meaning you’ll have a much better chance of registering that round winning headshot.

Rapid downloads and uploads

Are you left itching to play while the latest updates for your favourite game download at a snail’s pace?

You’ll be pleased to hear that 4G can help you out there too because it can download up to 7 times faster than standard 3G networks, meaning you spend more time in game and less time staring at menus.

Sharing your latest video clips with Youtube is a huge growth area - with Sony’s PS4 even coming with a dedicated share button on its’ controller. Uploading is even slower than downloading, so the wait can be even longer - but fear not because 4G offers upload speeds up to 20 times faster than 3G.

Share one connection with multiple devices

Huawei E5576

With the latest breed of 4G routers (or Mobile WiFi devices) you can share a single 4G connection with multiple devices at once.

One example is the Huawei E5576 Mobile WiFi which can share a single 4G connection with up to 10 devices. It does so by creating your own personal WiFi network meaning you can connect any devices with WiFi, such as the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 or desktop PC.

Setting everything up couldn't be easier and it’s self-powered with up to 10 hours of battery life from a single charge. The compact device is great for gaming on-the-move and the perfect accompaniment for a Playstation Vita.

4G is definitely one for online gamers

Online gamers who can’t get a home broadband connection, or who love gaming on the move, should consider getting themselves a 4G dongle, or Mobile WiFi device. They deliver lower pings, faster downloads and quicker uploads than 3G networks resulting in a much improved experience overall.

Are you playing online games using 4G LTE? Let us know your experiences by leaving a comment below.

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