Over the last ten years, we’ve seen online gaming go from a feature in some PC games to the standard for most games across all platforms. Not only are games requiring more information to be sent to and from your computer or console and the host server, but voice chat and recently video chat are becoming more common as well.
And of course, most of us have other family members who might be using the internet at the same time for downloads or watching high definition movies. So now more than ever, a good, high speed connection is important to having an enjoyable online gaming experience.
When it comes to online gaming, there are two main factors to look at: network speed and latency. Speed is simply the rate of data per second that can be transferred between two points. This is determined by your internet service provider (ISP) and the quality of your connection. Latency (also called ping among most gamers) is the time it takes for data to make a round trip between two points. Latency is affected by both speed and your distance from the host server. The lower the latency, the better.