We will explore how much data or bandwidth does internet gaming consume. The reason behind that is simple, a lot of people are still using internet with limited bandwidth.
So, let us not waste any time, and answer two of the most important question that have been bugging gamers for some time now. Shall we?
How Much Data Does Online Gaming Use?
This is another controversial thing that a lot of people have asked time and again. How much data does online gaming use? Well, to be honest, it might not matter to people who are using internet connections with unlimited bandwidth, but if you are on an internet that does not provide you with unlimited bandwidth, you might be concerned about the amount of data online gaming uses. To properly understand the situation, we need to look at how data is used on the internet. For starters, streaming a 4K video online can take anywhere from 5-7 GB of data per hour, and I know that is a lot. Streaming audio is drastically less at just 125 megabytes per hour, or even less. However, when it comes to gaming, the data is even less. According to some analysts, a massively multiplayer online game uses only 10 megabytes per hour, and in case you are wondering, I am talking about World of Warcraft.
Though you need to take that with a grain of salt, as it depends largely on the game that you are trying to play, and in some games, the data used might be comparatively less than other games. Therefore, where World of Warcraft uses only 10 megabytes per hour, games like Fortnite, or Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds might use more. In addition to that, you also need to account in the data that is being used in the background
I will be honest here, it is not entirely possible to actually tell how much bandwidth you need to be able to play a game on the internet, because it varies from a game to game, and as far as the internet connection is concerned, as long as you have an uplink of 1 Mbit or more, you are good to go as most games do not demand more than that, and most internet connections in the modern day and age are already providing uplink higher than that.
The things that you need to make sure are basically that the connection you are running is stable, and that is why I would suggest running your internet through wired, at least as far as you are playing on the internet, because then you will have the most stable internet connection without any packet losses or issues like that.