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How much bandwidth does playing online use?

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How much bandwidth does playing online use?

Hey,

I recently got a PS3 and am looking forward to playing some online games. Now that a lot of ISPs are limiting bandwidth, it got me thinking about how much bandwidth these games/consoles use.

Have any of you tracked this? have any input?
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Whiplash7828 wrote:
Oct 13th, 2008 2:56 pm
Hey,

I recently got a PS3 and am looking forward to playing some online games. Now that a lot of ISPs are limiting bandwidth, it got me thinking about how much bandwidth these games/consoles use.

Have any of you tracked this? have any input?
I haven't kept track of it because I can't access the account, but I only 25gb and I play maybe 2 hours a week and its fine.

games I've played are COD4, Wipeout and a few others .

I think you will be okay as long as your not downloading all time (ie/movies and stuff regularly) or not being the host of the current game.
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It's not very much. FPS like CS can be up to around 20-50 k/s, something like WoW is 1-10 k/s. Voice can add to that.
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I know when I play Counterstrike on my PC, it's always around 4-6kb/sec inbound and the same outbound, so I'm going to guess 12kb is used every second while playing games.

This is playing a game with about 12-13 people.

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Actually, it may be 50-60kb/s. I'm unsure which of the two in/out numbers are bandwith used.
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its not nearly enough for you to be worried that you will go over your bandwidth.

should be worried about your PC usage and downloading then console gaming.
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gaming actually uses VERY VERY little bandwidth, unless you are hosting a server with your computer, chances are, even with a 25gb cap and u are playing 24/7, you wont hit that cap.
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from the quick research i did, console gaming uses about 25mb an hour
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dre145 wrote:
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from the quick research i did, console gaming uses about 25mb an hour
what kind of research and what games?
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dre145 wrote:
Oct 13th, 2008 5:19 pm
from the quick research i did, console gaming uses about 25mb an hour
Surely it varies from game to game, though. As a previous poster said, WoW may take 40-50kb less than Counterstrike per second, and it makes sense.
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im saying average and arnt a host or anything

WoW should use hardly any bandwidth and i dont think any game uses 60kb/s unless you have some 100 man server
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Our current usage for internet is about 20-25gb per month. Our old roommate was recently kicked out, before that we were using about 100-120gb per month. So his gaming and other activities were eating up 80-100gb of bandwidth. He did not generally download torrents and played COD4 on average if 8 hours a day.
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SAN66 wrote:
Oct 13th, 2008 6:05 pm
Our current usage for internet is about 20-25gb per month. Our old roommate was recently kicked out, before that we were using about 100-120gb per month. So his gaming and other activities were eating up 80-100gb of bandwidth. He did not generally download torrents and played COD4 on average if 8 hours a day.
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wow.....
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Great info guys...I'm quite happy to see the numbers are very low. 25 MB/h means a whooole lot of gaming. :)

I'll keep track of my account on a busy week and will report back if I see something not in line with these numbers.
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Whiplash7828 wrote:
Oct 13th, 2008 7:55 pm
Great info guys...I'm quite happy to see the numbers are very low. 25 MB/h means a whooole lot of gaming. :)

I'll keep track of my account on a busy week and will report back if I see something not in line with these numbers.
:)
Why don't you contact your ISP and inquire of your current bandwith used, and then play games for a couple of hours, then phone and ask them again? You can find an exact number per hour this way. ;)
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Setz wrote:
Oct 13th, 2008 7:59 pm
Why don't you contact your ISP and inquire of your current bandwith used, and then play games for a couple of hours, then phone and ask them again? You can find an exact number per hour this way. ;)
I'm sure these guys have better things to do other than tracking someone's usage. It can easily be done by just rebooting your O/S and then keeping track of login time and number of bytes transfered by your ethernet card.
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