How Important A Stable Internet is for Gaming

If there’s one word that’s mentioned over and over when it comes to the internet and online gaming, it’s latency.

But aside from having a fast internet connection to achieve low latency, a decent gaming PC still contributes to the stability of the internet.

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Breaking the Jargon

Being responsive is everything when playing online games, whether it be your screen delay or controller delay. And your internet’s stability, or a low latency, is just as important, well actually much more important.

Latency might also be referred to as ping, and it is measured in milliseconds, or ms. Ping is a reference to the fact that the signal must ping from a server and to your rig and back again. The measurement in milliseconds is the average total time that it takes for the game to send to and receive actions from the game’s servers. This means an internet connection with a ping of 100ms will take 100 milliseconds (or 1/10 of a second) to respond to a game server’s request.

How Does Low Latency Improve Your Online Gaming Experience?

Online games such as DOTA 2, League of Legends, PUBG, Fortnite, CS:GO will respond faster and will feel snappy if you have low latency compared to users with high latency.

You’ll notice players appearing and disappearing while playing if you have a ping of over 1000ms. Similarly, you’ll also notice delayed movements and delayed actions when casting skills or spells. This is especially true for titles that don’t have dedicated game servers.

Competitive gamers should opt only for an internet connection with the lowest latency possible as this is one factor that contributes to a quality gaming experience.

What Is An Acceptable Ping Or Latency When Gaming?

To check your ping, you must first run a speed test. Just click on the “Go” button and wait for a couple of seconds for the test to complete.

  1. Under 20ms is an excellent latency rate. It’s impossible to spot delays at this rate. Moreover, you can react to your enemy’s actions and evade almost instantly.

  2. A ping between 20ms to 100ms means you will still enjoy online games, but games that require accurate timing and very fast reactions won’t be as satisfying.

  3. A ping between 100ms to 150ms may still be acceptable for some titles, but this is where you’ll start to notice delays more often. Combos in fighting games and twitch shots in shooters will become noticeably harder to pull off.

  4. A ping over 150ms is just unacceptable as this will result in noticeable lag and missed skill shots. You’ll die more often, too-- so it’s perfectly safe to blame the lag when you die.

A word of advice though: don’t play when you have a ping of over 150ms or it will cost you another keybo​​​​​​​​​​​ard or mouse!

Is There a Way to Improve or Achieve A Stable Internet When Gaming?

With all that said, it may seem that getting the fastest upload and download internet package is the answer to a stable online gaming experience. But that’s only partially true.

You can have the fastest internet package in the country, but a slow or poorly optimized gaming PC can also suffer from high latency. A decent gaming PC is capable of handling all the data processes and should be more than enough to make sure ping values and latency aren’t affected in any way possible.

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What Is An Acceptable Internet Speed?

In most cases, a stable internet connection for gaming requires at least a download speed of 3Mbps and an upload speed of 1MBps. However, most ISPs (internet service providers) offer internet speeds of over 10Mbps nowadays so this shouldn’t be an issue and it should all boil down to how much power your rig can handle.

No matter the case, it's still recommended to consider a wired connection from your router because wireless connections are known for bad connection or instability when gaming.

A Word of Caution

But even if you have a decent gaming computer or a fast internet connection, there are still instances where a game’s server is just slow.

So make sure you interact with other players and keep yourself up-to-date with the latest news as game developers might have announcements that may affect the game’s stability or connectivity.

3 Best Ways to Free Up Disk Space on Your Computer

So you open up your computer and realize it’s taking slower than usual. You open up My Computer and boom, your disk space is at the red line due to God-knows-what you’re storing in your computer.

The most obvious way is to clean out all the excess. Today, we’ll be talking about 3 of the best and quickest ways to clean up your disk space and get your computer happy and fit again.

1. Clear Out Temporary Internet Files

 

On the outside, you might think it’s just the manually-installed software that’s causing your computer to pile up on data but then you realize that even though you remove all of them, there are still some fragments left.

The culprit? Temporary internet files.

You have two ways to do this but it’s best that you do both: Installing a cache cleaner like CCleaner and cleaning the browsing data from your preferred internet browser.

In case you need step by step instructions, Wondershare has a really good tutorial on how to delete temporary internet files.

2. Empty Your Trash Cans

Just because you deleted something from your folders doesn’t mean it’s gone completely. Just like trash in real life, you need to either let the dump truck take it or incinerate it yourself.

Cleaning up the Recycle Bin is as easy as 1-2-3:

  • Go to your Desktop and double-click on Recycle Bin.
  • If you want to wipe out everything in there, just click on Empty The Recycle Bin and click Ok.
  • If you prefer to select just a few files to completely wipe off, hold Ctrl on your keyboard and left-click the files you want to be gone.
  • Once you’re done, press Delete on our keyboard and click Yes.

This is very handy if you regret buying a 50 GB EA Game or a hundred GB worth of dead memes that’s enough to make a non-normie go REEEEE.

3. Uninstall Apps and Games You Don’t Use

Sometimes you have to let go of some programs in your computer…like Gimp or Roblox.

Apps and Games make up a lot of space accumulation and if they continue to stack up, your computer’s storage will be on the red line before you even know it.

The best way to uninstall them is through the Control Panel:

  • Press the Windows/Start button on the lower left of your screen and select Control Panel.
  • Click on Uninstall a program under Programs.
  • From there, you’re given a list of all known installed apps and games on your computer.
  • Click on the program you want out of here and choose Uninstall. Just follow the procedures and click Ok. Wait for the computer to completely wipe out the program.
  • No need to go to the Recycle Bin anymore since you’ve directly erased the program already.
  • If you want to sort the programs easier, either click on the Installed On or Size tab. Installed On will be based on the date you’ve installed the program whilst the Size is based on…well, size.

Those are the ideal ways to keep your computer loosey-goosey from unnecessary files. If it also helps, you should have an external hard drive too for additional storage for the files that you need.