Call free on 0800 542 4704 and have
a Simplifydigital expert compare gaming broadband deals for
these providers for gaming broadband:
- TalkTalk offers Fibre
Medium packages with speeds up to 38Mb, and
Fibre Large packages with speeds up to 76Mb.
- Sky is one of the UK's most popular fibre
broadband providers, with
Unlimited Fibre deals offering speeds up to 38Mb and
Fibre Pro deals maxing out at 76Mb.
- Virgin Media has the UK's fastest fibre
broadband speeds, with their top package offering speeds up to
- BT offers Infinity
broadband with speeds up to 38Mb, and BT
Infinity 2 deals with speeds up to 76Mb.
- Plusnet - last year, Ofcom reported Plusnet's
fibre broadband had the lowest latency and packet loss among its
competitors, making it a great choice for gamers who need a stable
connection to their consoles. Plusnet fibre offers speeds up
to 76Mb with unlimited data.
Student broadband deals
Picking up a controller between lectures and dissertations? Make
sure you've got the best possible connection without overpaying by
picking up a Student broadband package from one of the UK's biggest
suppliers. For instance, Virgin Media is offering its ultrafast
connection on a simple 9 month contract, that way you'll only be in
contract during term time!
Tips on choosing the right
gaming broadband package for you
The ideal broadband connection for gamers is
unlimited, superfast and
reliable. It would be a lot easier to compare
broadband packages for your XBox or PlayStation if ISPs would start
advertising deals aimed at gamers, but until there are bespoke
deals available, here's what you need to be aware of when picking a
- Bandwidth. Unless you're a midnight gamer
indulging in 3am LoL or COD sessions, you're probably gaming while
everyone else in your house is looking to use the broadband
connection, and it's probably peak time for browsing in your
neighbourhood. Decent bandwidth will enable you to carry on
tackling those multiplayer matches while your family browse, stream
and sit on Facebook.
- A decent router. Your main games console is
probably not in the same room as your router, unless you're lucky
enough to have it hooked up to the main TV. You need a router that
gives out a strong enough signal to keep your console connected
during large downloads if you don't want to face broken files and
long wait times.
- Great speeds. Almost every ISP in the UK now
offers some form of fibre broadband. While speeds up to 38Mb are
fine in most use cases, because you're going to be gaming while
others are browsing, we'd recommend that you try to push for a
76Mb, 100Mb or even a 120Mb connection, depending on what's
available in your area.
- Low latency and packet
loss. Arguably more important than speed,
latency is the amount of time it takes for a single packet
of data to travel all the way from your console to a destination
service and back again. This journey takes milliseconds, however
even a small increase in latency can have devastating effects on
your game, causing what most people refer to as 'lag'. Packet loss
is caused by data not reaching its destination for whatever reason.
With such long lines of cable involved this is expected, but if it
gets too high it can result in your gameplay world seemingly
jumping and freezing as you play.
- Usage Allowance. A broadband usage allowance
is a monthly download limit applied to your service, in order to
cap your usage of the network. Cheap broadband deals sometimes
carry data limits that are far too small for an online gamer, you
need unlimited data in order to enjoy regular play, download game
updates and allow the rest of your household to use the connection
without interruption. Most ISPs now offer unlimited broadband deals
that are incredibly affordable with decent 'up to' speeds that
would be easily sufficient for online gaming. If cost is the most
important factor, take a look at TalkTalk or Plusnet. If superfast
speeds are more important, take a look at BT or Virgin Media.
For more advice on the best broadband deals available in your
area, call our experts free on 0800 542 4704.
We'll make sure you're set up with a broadband package that will
let you get the most out of your games console of choice.