Do you love to game? If you’re an avid gamer, then you’re likely to have a few favourite games that are based online. Since the rise of the Internet, game developers have seen many benefits to taking their games online. As fun as the classics on the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation were, they weren’t able to have masses of players playing the same game at once and the games weren’t able to be updated or improved after they’d been produced.
People who play games online know just how vital a fast and reliable internet connection is to the experience. Nothing is worse than missing out on all the action due to lag, while your international team mates are off completing quests and claiming the spoils.
Thankfully, the superfast nbn™ is on its way, rolling out across Australia. This fast and reliable technology is set to improve the world of gaming for players around Australia. Here are some of the ways the nbn™ will make gaming better.
For those not in the know about gaming culture, this may sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but for many players, gaming is a very social experience. People are making friends, even building romantic relationships, with players in other countries through online games.
The nbn™’s fast and reliable connection means less graphic lag and drop out in online games, which produces a better experience for the players. A weak internet connection with graphic lag leads to delays in the game, meaning your team mates from other countries may finish fighting a boss before you can even take a swing. With a strong connection like that of the nbn™, you’ll be more likely to see on screen the same as your international counterparts – leading to a better social experience for players.
Virtual Reality, or VR, seems to be the future of gaming. The idea of a headset that could transport you to another world was the subject of many science fiction films, but the existing technology was just not advanced enough to take the idea from fiction to reality. Thanks to the advancements in technology over the last couple of years, VR headsets are finally being produced and hitting the market, being touted as the new way to game.
Some devices act as a VR viewer powered by a smartphone, such as the Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. However, more advanced devices like the HTC Vive require high-end gaming PCs to run at their best. There are hopes that VR devices will enhance the experience of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) like World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2. In order to play these sorts of games using VR, you’ll not only need a fast PC, but fast internet too. Your broadband connection may end up playing a massive part in your experience of online VR games, so you’ll want a super fast connection like the nbn™ to get the best out of it.
Faster Downloads and Updates
To continue making their games bigger and better, online games often require regular updates. Anyone who has sat through one of these updates knows how frustrating it can get when you have a free window of time to play your game, only to spend an hour waiting for it to update. Fast broadband like that on the nbn™ will cut down the update times so you can get into your game quicker.
With gaming moving increasingly into the online space, some games can only be bought over the ‘net. This means you have to download the whole game to your PC or console. As games become more advanced, these download sizes get bigger, which means you could be waiting hours, even days, before you can play your game if you don’t have a fast connection speed. The nbn™ will help you download games much more swiftly so you can get your game on quicker than ever.
To see where your exact location stands in the nbn™ rollout progress, check out the nbn™ Coverage Checker. This will let you pinpoint exactly where sites have been built or are in stages of preparation or construction. Make sure to register your interest on the nbn™ Wait List and check out iiNet’s nbn™ plans so you’ll be ready to roll when the nbn™ hits your neighbourhood.